With the drought conditions still persisting and the planting season just a few months away, producers are already concerned.
"It's up to mother. She's going to dictate and we have to work around what she says," Ron Coufal, CTC Farms President said.
Ron Coufal is the president of CTC Farms, a feed lot that's near Howells, Nebraska. On this feed lot alone, they can have up to 5,000 head of cattle.
They grow corn to feed the cattle and on a good year, they market the extra with a year like last year that didn't happen because mother wasn't so nice.
"We did chop quite a bit of corn last year. The yields in our clay soils here in Western Cuming County was from zero to 55 on dry land yields and so most of that corn was taken as forage," Coufal said.
Coufal says they had to cut a third of their acres for silage, about 900 acres, and turned it into feed.
He says they always have a plan B.
"We just got to work with the elements that are handed to us and that is one of them and we'll work around it and we will survive and we are all survivors and we will just continue on to "MacGiver" it," Coufal said.
Keeping a positive attitude but knowing the formula it takes to succeed isn't always in his control.
"It's going to take timely rains and probably through the majority of the Corn Belt to raise that bumper crop that we are going to need," Coufal said.
Coufal is hoping "Mother" is will be on their side and he's moving optimistically forward.
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