County’s farmers happy to stop planting for rain
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Farmers still trying to get their irrigated corn crop in the ground didn’t mind parking the planter for a few days.
Forecasts for rain Monday and Tuesday actually panned out, bring nearly 90/100ths of always precious rain in some areas.
According to the Department of Natural Resources’ NeRAIN website, weather recorders in the Champion, Imperial and Lamar areas reported rains on both Monday and Tuesday.
The largest amount of rain reported for the two days fell south and northeast of Imperial with 87/100ths recorded.
Rain in the Champion area ranged from 46/100ths to 57/100ths of an inch.
In the Enders area, reports ranged from 51-69/100ths while the Lamar area ranged around 65/100ths.
More rain still needed
While the rain will help, the Nebraska drought monitor shows that about two-thirds of the Upper Republican Natural Resources District are still abnormally dry.
The other third, including much of Dundy County and the southeast corner of Chase County, falls into the moderate drought condition category.
Planting closer to completion
A check with local farmer and seed corn dealers put the progress of irrigated corn planting at 75 percent complete or better.
Planting of dryland corn, soybeans and dry beans is yet to come.
Wheat farmers in some parts of the county continue to evaluate their winter wheat crop which was hit hard by winter kill.