Much Needed Rainfall Lifts Farmer's Spirits

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Farmers in Southeast Nebraska are very happy after a storm dropped much needed rain in some parts of the state.

"The attitude is a lot better in farm country," Dave Schwaniger said.

A three inch rainfall changed the outlook for Dave Schwaniger's farm from bleak to bright.

"Should left crops recover fairly decent and let roots get down to where they need to be and help some of these crops recover that have been pretty damaged already," Schwaniger said.

The key to the storm is just how slowly it moved. Eight hours of rain allowed the soil to absorb the moisture.

"The dryness in Nebraska really did start last fall and into winter," Brian Fuchs said.

Climatologist Brian Fuchs says the rainfall is good for a section of the state recently classified with extreme dry or moderate drought conditions. It could spell trouble for farmers in area's that missed the storm.

"If areas continue to miss out on those rain events we have the likelihood of drought developing in the state," Fuchs said.

Fuchs doesn't expect widespread drought, but rather pockets. He says the summer should get wetter as the season passes.

10/11 meteorologist Brad Anderson says this weekend is just the start.

"The rain was a good thing. I just wish we could have gotten some rain for everyone because even with all the rain reports we had from Thursday nights storm, there were still areas that didn't get very mach. Hopefully, as we head into the weekend, everyone will get a chance for beneficial rain," Brad said.

Schwaniger is hoping a chance turns it sure thing.

"We take what we get and that's how we've done it for years. Hopefully it keeps raining," Schwaniger said.

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