While debating over funding the government, Congress allowed the extension of the Farm Bill to expire. That has Nebraska farmers in the midst of harvest keeping a close eye on Capitol Hill.
Heavy rains put harvest on its own temporary hold in places like Merrick County.
Farmer and Nebraska Soybean Board Chair Greg Greving says so far the soybeans and seed corn he's been bringing in have done well this year.
"The yields have been good, some of the fields are better than last year, and some of them are the same as last year, so we're hoping when we get in the commercial corn it'll be the same way," says Greving.
Nebraska Corn Board Chair Tim Scheer says the 10.2 million acres of corn Nebraska farmers planted is projected to yield more than they expected, something that's caused prices to drop.
"On the corn side we're starting to get into numbers that if people didn't have their crop marketed already, we're probably below break even on a lot of those operations," says Scheer.
While the main priority for Nebraska farmers is gathering these crops, they're also keeping an eye on what's happening in Washington DC as the government shutdown has effected USDA operations, and Congress has allowed the Farm Bill to expire.
"It's a good thing we don't farm like the government because there would not be much food to eat," says Greving.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau says food safety and some grain inspectors are still working, even with the shutdown.
But no new or extended Farm Bill means some foreign marketing programs have ended.
"The question that I posed to somebody was where we're at on the Farm Bill and they said well, what difference does it make because there's no one to implement it," says Scheer. "Until we get all this other stuff out of the way the Farm Bill is going to be on hold."
Both farmers say they'll keep focusing on harvest while hoping Congress will start work in the Farm Bill, but that may not happen until 2014.