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Nebraska heat, drought taking toll on crops, farmer says it’s costly season to irrigate

A Southwest Nebraska farmer says it’s already been the most expensive season to irrigate his crops and it could be several weeks before he stops.  

Don Batie of Lexington tells Brownfield diesel fuel and electricity might double last year’s expenses.  “We know it’s going to be a huge bill this fall, but it’s better than having dead corn.”

USDA says 50 percent of corn is rated good-to-excellent with three percent dented and 91 percent silking.

Nebraska heat, drought taking toll on crops, farmer says it’s costly season to irrigate

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