Drought Conditions Are Worsening Across Nebraska, and Farmers Shouldn't Expect More Rain Yet

Aug. 14, 2020, 3:14 p.m. ·

(Map courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

In northeast and western Nebraska, farmers are taking whatever rain they can get.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the amount of land in Nebraska experiencing severe drought has doubled to 12 percent over last week.

In areas around Norfolk, Aaron Nygren at UNL's Stanton County Extension office says some fields are still catching a half-inch here and there amid a dry summer. Others haven't been so lucky, and finding an alternate source of water for crops isn't always easy.

"Stanton County actually doesn't have a lot of irrigation ... so there's areas where there's basically just not much they can do, really," he explained.

"Yields are definitely shrinking every day that we don't get some water on some of these fields."