Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 01/29/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Three years ago I wrote an article in Cornhusker Economics on the possibly of the dry conditions in 1999 continuing into the 2000 crop year. I commented that we had not dealt with a serious drought in Nebraska for many years. I hope that was not an omen, or a curse, but we have been dealing with moisture shortfalls ever since. The state average yield for dryland corn was 84 bushels per acre in 2000. In 2002 timely rains, at least for non-irrigated corn, were only a mirage resulting in a state average yield of 60 bushels per acre.