Corn harvest about two weeks behind in Lincoln County

Ag Valley Coop officials say farmers in Lincoln County are about two weeks behind with harvest. Farmers are hoping to be done by Christmas. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV It's been a tough go around for those in the farming industry.

The recent weather and corn prices are proving to be a double-edged sword for producers.

Ag Valley Coop Branch Manager Kent Weems says harvest is about two weeks behind.

Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to restore the demand for billions of gallons of ethanol through the Renewable Fuel Standard.

It outlines how many gallons of ethanol and biodiesel must be blended every year, something farmers say is encouraging.

"On the soybean side, we are actually exporting a lot of soybeans to China right now and some of these export numbers are similar to what we had prior to the trade war," Weems said. "It's interesting that the bean values haven't gone up yet, but I'm hopeful that trend will change as we wrap up the year."

Farmers in Lincoln County are hoping to have harvest wrapped up by Christmas.

According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, a bushel of corn is selling for $3.54.