Irrigation helps Nebraska’s corn farmers hang in there despite drought

Outlet: Kearney Hub

July 6, 2012

LINCOLN — In times like these, a Nebraska farmer can be really grateful for his center pivot — and for the Ogallala Aquifer that feeds it. After nearly two weeks without rain, less-blessed farmers throughout the Corn Belt are looking to the skies with increased anxiety. Their corn crops are at a crucial point when high temperatures and drought could thwart pollination. That could mean a harvest of empty cobs.