Farmers need sun, rain and research
The following op-ed article appeared in The Omaha World Herald on September 4, 2015. To read the full article, please click here.
By: Steve Wellman, Chairman of the American Soybean Association (ASA)
Everyone’s talking about the historic drought in California and how much water the farmers there need. Deep concern is understandable; they grow a large share of our country’s food supply.
Here in eastern Nebraska, part of the traditional U.S. breadbasket, we have the opposite problem. It started raining at the beginning of May and only now have the storm clouds finally let up.
People have been trying to predict the weather for a long time, but it’s still an imperfect science. The same fields on my land that were too dry last year have been too wet, and my soybeans this year had to be planted a month late as a result.
In both years, I didn’t really know what the outlook would be. At this point, we have already received our yearly precipitation, including autumn rain and winter snow…