Boys Town Crops Withering Away
Drought Also Increases Risk of Wildfire
Boys Town, NE - The crops that wind around Boys Town is the latest victim of the pulverizing drought.
"I've probably farmed for about 40 years now and I've never seen such a sight as this year," said farmer Darrell Logemann.
Corn and soybean crops, once thriving, are now withering away.
"Every stalk should have an ear on it, but a lot of them don't," said Logemann.
"It's hot enough that pods are falling off the beans," added farmer Tim Sass.
Sass farms about 400 acres of land at Boys Town. He's been doing it since 1998. This year, lack of rain and not being able to irrigate are forcing him into a spot.
"It would be nice if every farmer could irrigate, but if every farmer irrigated you'd have no water in Omaha," said Sass.
To get by, Sass can at least use crop insurance to cover some of his losses, but he says nothing would beat just a little help from Mother Nature.
"We've got to have some moisture, so we can get started on next year."
Another reason farmers need rain is because of the wildfire threat. Sass tells KMTV Action 3 News it's so dry right now that if somebody were to throw a match into the field the entire field would just burn up and get destroyed.