Central Nebraska Farmers Meet to Discuss Future After Storm Damage

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BLUE HILL, Neb. -- Nebraska has seen more severe weather this year already than last, leaving many farmers with destruction on their lands. Thursday farmers met to discuss moving forward after the devastation.

While all storms disrupt farmers during the Summer, it's the timing of the most recent one, on July 9, that has farmers questioning their next move.

"They've all be devestating," said one of the speakers, John Miller, the Central Nebraska Claims Rep for Rain and Hail Crop Insurance. "This one was late enough that they do not have a lot of replant choices. The earlier storms there was some replant choices or there was some choices at going to a second crop. This storm, you really don't."

Farmers with all different levels of devastation came to meetings in Gibbon and Blue Hill Thursday to hear from experts on their next steps.

"Some of them it's fairly easy to know that the crop is just completely destroyed and so we're giving them options on what they can do to try to provide some supplemental forage for cattle or retain the nitrogen that's out in the field so it doesn't get away from them. But also for the guys who's crop may not be completely destroyed, we brought in some of these University experts just to help diagnose what the potential for that crop is and what their options may be for the rest of the growing season with it," said Keith Berns, another speaker from Green Cover Seed.

While many of the farmers went to Thursday's meeting with a plan already of what they would do with their land, some of them left with the mentality of 'Let's wait and see.'

Miller said, "Talk to your adjuster, your company rep, before you do anything. Don't jeopordize your crop insurance proceeds that are due to you by not following the rules."

While there were many concerns for all farmers at the meetings, the organizers and speakers were trying to stay positive.

"Even though this disaster has happened, there's still some good things that can come of it," said Berns. "There can be a lot of forege produced for livestock; it's an opportunity to, in some of the stripped up corn, to get some raddishes or turnips or things like that growing that nornally you couldn't this time of year."