USDA Report Shows Robust Planting Across Nebraska Amid COVID-19 and Flood Recovery

May 27, 2020, 5:15 p.m. ·

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A year ago, many farmers were still processing historic statewide flooding and an onslaught of global trade disruptions.

"There was this sense of urgency, of needing to get it in the ground, in case something happened," Rees added.

Between ongoing global trade uncertainties and decreased ethanol demand due to COVID-19, it isn't clear what market conditions those crops will ultimately grow into. Producers are still savoring the uncommonly early planting season.

That’s just another way this year is abnormal, Rees said: but for once, that’s a good thing.