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Drought costs Nebraska corn crop nearly a quarter billion dollars

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:15 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Wed Dec 5, 2012.

This past summer, the heat arrived and the rain went away. All of Nebraska and about two-thirds of the United States was left in a crippling drought.  The drought caused corn, Nebraska’s biggest cash-crop, to take a serious hit.  Despite higher prices, the Nebraska Corn Board’s latest estimates are that Nebraska’s corn crop will be worth about $240 million less this year than last year’s.

“You look overall and where we should be on a trendline yield and we are down 18 to 22 percent,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, Director of Research for the Nebraska Corn Board.

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