Having gone weeks without precipitation, local wheat producers got a big boost overnight Friday.
"It was a godsend," said Duane "Dewey" Lienemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator in Webster County, of the weekend rainfall. "It should get the wheat germinated for sure, and get it started. We, of course, will need some more moisture."
Planting before the rain last week, producers placed the seed in soil so dry that it was basically dust.
By the time producer Meredith Engelhardt of rural Bladen finished planting his wheat Oct. 9, the soil was so dry he described its condition as "nothing there at all."
"Typically, we'd be planting into moisture," he said. "This year there wasn't any moisture, but we just planted it, anyway."