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Current drought no match for ‘Dirty 30s’ PDF E-mail

No doubt about it, most of Nebraska -- including Hamilton County -- is in extreme drought conditions.

Just this past week it intensified significantly, with nearly 23 percent of the state now in exceptional drought.

You don’t need to check out the U.S. Drought Monitor to know conditions are bad. All you need to do is take a drive in the country to see brown, stunted corn stalks on pivot corners and end rows.

But, if you think it’s bad today, it’s nothing compared to a 10-year stretch from 1930 to 1940, and former Hamilton County Extension Agent J.C. Cranfill has the data to back it up -- decades worth of Nebraska Agricultural Statistics annual reports that detail corn yields, corn prices, rainfall and more.

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