October 21, 2011

Podcast: While final yield numbers are unknown, it’s safe to say we’ll have a good corn crop

In this podcast, Larry Mussack, a farmer from Decatur and member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, talk about how Nebraska farmers and farmers from across the country are going to produce a good corn crop this year.

"Just imagine the yields we would have seen 20 years ago with the weather issues farmers had to deal with this year," he said. "We’ve come a long way."

He noted that farmer know-how and skills advance every year. He said technology and know-how helps prevent insects and other pests from damaging crops, and we better know when to nurture crops with nutrients at the right time and right amount to make them effective.

"All of this adds up to a larger and more consistent corn crop," Mussack said. "It lets us harvest more while using fewer inputs throughout the entire growing season."

These larger crops are there to support end users like ethanol plants and livestock and poultry producers. "We are very fortunate to have strong livestock and ethanol sectors right here in Nebraska," he said. "They provide a solid market for corn and the feed ingredient distillers grains, which are produced by ethanol plants. Combined, all give our state a tremendous economic boost and have helped Nebraska remain in an enviable position compared to many other states."

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