Two-week time-lapse photos in fields without a source of irrigation water due to the canal damage and shut-off.
Thomas reported: I have continued to be surprised as to how good these crops look. In some fields corn is putting on ears and soybeans are putting on pods. This year we started the season with a full soil water profile and corn is still able to reach water. I had expected the time-lapse video to document crops burning up under hot sunny days and dying, but they're hanging on. Cooler temperatures, high humidity and some timely rains -- this week 1.5 inches -- have benefited crops in parts of the affected area. While crops in this area are likely to take a yield hit, they may not be a total loss.
What a difference a little water can make! Both Drako great northern beans. Fields planted 1 day apart across the road from each other. Beans on left; never watered. Beans on right; watered once for 8 hours (~1/2 in). Field on right; loss. Field on right; break even. #nebextpic.twitter.com/1YySl2FNOr
Fields that were planted early and received an irrigation before they lost their water source July 17 are showing an advantage, as depicted in the time-lapse videos and this tweet from Extension Entomologist Jeff Bradshaw at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. He toured several fields in the affected area this week to see how crops were faring. Some fields are doing better than others.