MORSE BLUFF, Nebraska (KPTM)- Food prices have been rising steadily in the 2000s, but a record breaking harvest could halt that rise, according the United State Department of Agriculture.
"It's a race against the weather. Every farmer I know is watching the weather-every morning, every night," said Dan Mensik.
It's all blue skies and cornfields for Mensik as he begins the busiest time of the year-harvest.
"We are probably doubling our yields," said Mensik.
Mensik said his corn crop is looking better than ever. He planted around 640 acres of corn this year alone. "Just going to be one of the better years for all of us in a while," said Mensik.
Fall 2013 could be the biggest corn harvest yet, according to the USDA.
Even corncobs are bigger and better, compared to the 2012 drought crop. Mensik said the drought was a tough one to come back from. "There was quite a drought-all over Nebraska."
The price of corn is around $4/bushel compared to 2012 when it was around $8/bushel.
The price drop means it will be cheaper for ranchers to feed animals, such as cattle, and will it will be cheaper to make ethanol. The price drop will also help keep food prices from rising rapidly.
Mensik has been working around the clock to make sure he can get every penny out of his crop.
"We take the weather for granted how nice it is right now. We all think we will have all this time. But three weeks from now it could be two feet of snow," said Mensik.
It's a race against time and weather.
"You don't see me at Harrahs gambling because I do it every day when I get out of bed," laughed Mensik.
Mensik hoping his bets will pay off in the next month.