Cropping & Water Systems


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Cropping & Water Systems

July 5, 2017

Irrigating Corn

            I need to credit my colleague, Steve Melvin, Extension Educator in Hamilton and Merrick counties for the following information.

June 29, 2017

Storm Damage Clean-Up

            Although we’ve missed some of the most severe damage, we’ve had our share of high winds that have accompanied storms moving through our area this year. I know the one last week took several good size limbs out of a couple trees right around my home. Fortunately they didn’t do any damage to other trees or shrubs in the landscape or to our house.

June 22, 2017

Spray Drift and Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans

Drift has been a concern for as long as man figured he could put pesticides and water in a tank, pressurize it with a pump, and push it out specially designed nozzles. However this year, the concern about spray drift may have reached an all-time high. The development of dicamba-tolerant soybeans has offered a new tool to manage problem weeds, but it has also created more potential drift injury problems.

June 15, 2017

Automatic Water Systems: Friend or Foe of the Lawn

            Finally a nice rain last week took some of the pressure off of watering lawns. Before that, some lawns (mine included) were showing the stress of high temperatures and no rain. I did break down and water mine the first weekend in June when daytime temperatures were above 90OF each day.

June 8, 2017

Nutsedge Driving Homeowners Nuts!