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Take Action Now: White Mold Threat in Soybeans

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 14:53
White mold significantly impacted Nebraska soybean yields in 2023, and proactive management is crucial for this season. 

The Drought of 2023 Impact on Irrigation and What We Can Learn from It

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 13:12
Figure 1. Early installation of sensors helps minimize root and leaf damage and makes it easy to get around the field with the pickup or ATV to install the equipment. The amount and timing of irrigation applied in recent years may have very little to do with what's needed this year. Review the factors before making a decision.

Corn Diseases Developing in Some Fields — What To Watch

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 11:32
Figure 1. Tar spot black stromata develop on the upper leaf first then become visible underneath too. Over time, the spots increase in size and elongate. (Photos by Tamra Jackson-Ziems) Tar spot has been confirmed in several eastern Nebraska counties in recent weeks, and distribution of the fungus is expected to continue expansion this year.

This Week on N Field: Pesticide — Roundup

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 10:58
When you're grabbing herbicide at the local box store, it's crucial to take a minute to review the active ingredients before heading to checkout. Extension Educator Amy Timmerman explains in this new segment of N Field.

This Week on N Field: Tar Spot 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 10:41
Nebraska producers should be on the lookout for tar spot — watch this episode of N Field for quick tips on scouting and identification.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: July 11, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 10:06
Record-breaking heat is the weather woe for Nebraska — temperatures will surge into the 100s statewide, likely triggering excessive heat warnings for many areas.

From Soil to Swine: How One Nebraska Farmer Found Success in Manure Management

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 19:48
By adding hogs to his corn and soybean operation, Nebraska farmer Walter Traudt realized benefits beyond additional revenue for the farm by using manure to increase soil health and crop yields. For one Nebraska corn and soybean producer, an attempt at expanding operations revolutionized his whole approach to farming. Read more about his experience here.

Cultivate Your Legacy: Nebraska Department of Ag Programs

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 19:08
Two Nebraska Department of Agriculture programs, NextGen and Negotiations, are valuable resources for Nebraska producers seeking help as beginning farmers and ranchers, and to solve various operational setbacks, such as ag loan and credit issues, fence repairs, and more. A new webinar shares details on NDA's beginning farmer tax credit and the farm mediation programs.

Nebraska Researchers Contribute to Study on Cover Crops in Livestock Operations

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 18:26
Key findings from the study indicate that while current adoption rates are relatively low — only 14% of cattle operations with cropland used cover crops as of 2017 — there are notable variations depending on the type of operation. (IANR News photo) The research team's work underscores the potential for significant expansion in the use of cover crops, particularly in areas where integration with livestock is feasible.

Weed Control in Corn and Soybean Topics of Field Day

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 16:58
Amit Jhala discusses a project titled "Critical Time of Cereal Rye Termination for Better Palmer Amaranth Suppression After Corn Planting." Nebraska producers learned about the latest extension research at this year's Weed Management Field Day, including pre-emergence herbicides for Palmer amaranth in soybean, herbicides for herbicide-resistant weeds in corn, volunteer corn in Enlist corn and more.

Analysis, Summarization, and Interpretation of Plant Breeding Data Workshop Aug. 6-8

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 16:25
The focus of this workshop will be on the practical aspects of managing data and performing mixed model analyses, and participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets to explore options.

Introduction to Hybrid Breeding Workshop Begins July 31

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 16:10
This workshop is designed for non-hybrid breeders to become acquainted with a hybrid breeding program, including basic terminology and an overview of the process for developing a genetically improved hybrid cultivar for commercialization.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Forage, Insect and Water Quality Issues for Grazing Livestock

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 07/11/2024 - 15:34
Nitrates and blue-green algae are two main concerns of water quality for livestock in Nebraska, and while not as common, salinity can also be an issue. Extension educators review common issues for producers to bear in mind as livestock graze throughout the summer, including prussic acid, horn flies and face flies, and water contamination.

2024 Corn Yield Forecasts: Approach and Interpretation of Results

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 07/10/2024 - 16:37
The Yield Forecasting Center (YFC) will provide real-time information on corn phenology and forecasts of corn yield potential to aid growers and ag industry stakeholders in making management, logistics and marketing decisions through the 2024 season.

Insect Pest and Plant Diseases in Soybean: A Nebraska Soybean Board-funded Project

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 07/10/2024 - 13:51
In a new study, UNL researchers are using unconventional treatments on soybean insects and diseases to investigate the relationships between certain pests and how their interactions impact crop yield.

Dectes Stem Borer in Soybean

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 07/10/2024 - 13:10
Figure 1. Adult soybean stem borer, Dectes texanus texanus (left) and larval tunneling in soybean petioles (right) at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center in June 2024. A difficult insect to manage, soybean stem borer has expanded its reach in Nebraska. This extension article reviews considerations for scouting and control options, plus resources for producers to learn more on this crop pest.

Nebraska Grazing Conference Scheduled for August 6 & 7 in Kearney

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:56
Tuesday, July 9, 2024

The 2024 Nebraska Grazing Conference will be Aug. 6 and 7 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  This year’s conference features speakers highlighting soil health and grasslands as well as a session on public wildlife and private rangelands.

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Temperatures of 100-plus Will Put Stress on Crops This Week

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 18:03
The North Platte River runs through Fremont Canyon on its way to the Fremont Power Plant and Alcova Reservoir. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) Extension educators share a brief irrigation update as an oncoming heat wave is expected to increase stress on Nebraska crops.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for July 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:05
Though the farm finance and ag law clinics are offered monthly at sites across Nebraska, remote sessions are another option — call the number below to arrange a one-on-one meeting via phone or virtual platform. There are three dates in late July for free legal and financial clinics, sponsored by Legal Aid of Nebraska.