Corn planting season begins in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. Corn planting season has begun in Nebraska. Many farmers have started planting or are getting ready.

“We’re off to a good start,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, Executive Director of the Nebraska Corn Board.

Brunkhorst says about 3% of corn is planted across Nebraska now, but weather will play a big role in the success of these crops.

“Although we shouldn’t complain about the rain, this time of the year is when we would like to see more sunshine than rain.”

Each year, about 50% of planting is usually complete by the second week of May. Brunkhorst says, as spring planting begins, farmers are sitting in an ideal position.

“We’ve had a good winter. Even though we haven’t had a lot of snow, we’re sitting very well in regards to soil moisture.”

Brunkhorst says he is optimistic about the season, despite concerns surrounding commodity prices in the state.

“We’re in a lull of commodity prices,” he said, “so the concerning part is finding a demand-- figuring out how to find new markets or expanding our current markets.”

Farmers will plant a projected 9.6 million acres of corn this year, according to the latest Prospective Plantings report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is down 3 percent from last year’s total planted corn acres.

For more information on this year’s corn planting season, click here.