Agricultural Economics Department


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Cornhusker Economics, January 26, 2000,


Copyright 2000 University of Nebraska.


Drought! Although it is a dreaded word in Nebraska we have not had to deal with a serious drought for many years. As of late January there is virtually no moisture in the soil profile. It is about 9 months before harvest and our moisture conditions can change significantly in that period. However, crop selection and crop insurance decisions will soon need to be made. The deadline to purchase crop insurance for spring seeded crops is March 15. In light of the low soil moisture conditions, should non-irrigated growers plant corn or grain sorghum? Over the past 10 years there has been a sustained and significant shift in the 搕raditional?grain sorghum areas to corn.