“Hard to believe county fairs are winding down and school is about to start,” said Mar-tey Stewart, crop watcher from Dixon, Nebraska.
He was planning to judge his final county fair this week in Imperial, Nebraska, and he said it’s been a great season.
“(I) have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented and gifted young exhibitors across Iowa and Nebraska,” he said.
“We are truly blessed with a great crop of young producers with great work ethic who care for their animals and promote our industry well,” he added, sending well wishes to those returning to school.
The Dixon area was spared the severe storms that South Dakota experienced the week of Aug. 5. Some areas west of Stewart had hail damage. He received a “beautiful” three-quarter inch rain the night of Aug. 11, and some areas west got up to 2 inches Friday night and Saturday morning, Aug. 10-11.
The third cutting hay is pretty much done, and new moisture should help with new growth. Pasture conditions were good.
“We will need continued warm weather and rain to extend the growing season a couple of weeks to make up for the later spring planting, however the crops in our area continue to look great,” Stewart said.
Several planes and helicopters were spraying fields in northeastern Nebraska. Some producers were spraying for worms and insects in the soybeans.
A few farmers Stewart talked to said they were finally able to plant or seed prevented planting acres. He was planning for his annual barbecue sale at the West Point Sale barn Aug. 19 where they will be selling more than 3,000 head of calves and yearlings.
“If you have cattle to sell or are looking to buy, give us a call or stop buy for a noon meal,” he said. “Would love to show you around.”