Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

August 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 08/27/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


What started out as a relatively good crop year for Nebraska rapidly changed during mid-summer. With the drought of 2002 fresh on producers’ minds this spring, many were relieved to receive enough precipitation and good planting weather to get the corn and soybean crop off to an above average start. A return to hot and dry conditions across much of Nebraska and other Corn Belt states in 2003, however, has resulted in a deterioration of crop conditions and lower yield expectations.