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Researchers Look at Roots for Insight into Drought-tolerant Wheat

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 23:03
Maria Fernanda Sanches, an intern at the High Plains Ag Lab, prepares a root sample at the Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center’s lab in Scottsbluff. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) Husker researchers are investigating how wheat root systems impact yield in historical and new varieties to inform the UNL wheat breeding program for future cultivars.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hay Harvest, Weather Impacts on Forage Growth and Grazing Strategies

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 19:09
Speeding up grazing during wet conditions and slowing down during dry times is a reliable way to adjust grazing to match current conditions. Nebraska Extension educators share tips on adjusting grazing strategies for summer weather and forage growth, and deciding on the best date for sub-irrigated meadow hay harvest.

Crop Progress: Winter Wheat Harvest Underway

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 18:32
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Dry bean planting has come to an end in Nebraska, and producers are now working on winter wheat harvest.

Nebraska Beef Innovators: Lakamp’s research aims to use cattle genetics and microbiome information to make performance predictions

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 16:59
Monday, July 1, 2024 Lincoln, Neb. — University of Nebraska-Lincoln doctorate candidate Drew Lakamp is researching if an animal’s genetics impact its microbiome. This information could be used to predict cattle performance and help reduce diseases in cattle through genetic selection.Spanish: 

Pasture and Forage Minute: Considerations for Alfalfa Disease, Harvesting During Wet Summers and Weevil Feeding on Regrowth

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 15:33
To minimize nutrient loss from rain events during alfalfa harvest, spread windrows as wide as possible and condition at harvest, which can reduce dry down from two days to half a day. Recommendations for alfalfa producers on managing windrow disease, navigating rain issues during harvest, and estimating alfalfa weevil thresholds when regrowth feeding has been observed.

Heat a Factor of Recent Crop Water Usage

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 14:04
A field plot of corn at the Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center in Scottsbluff. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone shares an update on crop recovery after recent severe weather and crop water use estimates for this week as temperatures reach triple digits in the Panhandle.

False Chinch Bugs Found in Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 07/01/2024 - 11:57
Figure 1. False chinch bugs. (Photo by Ron Seymour) False chinch bugs are usually considered an incidental pest, but they can cause yield loss to pre-milk stage grain sorghum and plant decline in corn when feeding in large numbers.

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 24-28)

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/28/2024 - 13:11
Extension educators share their observations in fields across Nebraska this week.

Severe Storms Damage Crops, Excessive Heat Will Drive Water Needs

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/27/2024 - 15:14
Pivot flipped upside down after the June 20 storm in Scotts Bluff County. (Photo by Gary Stone) Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone shares insights on crops that have received storm damage in recent weeks, as well as water use expectations.

Crop Progress: Crop Conditions Significantly Higher in June 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/27/2024 - 14:54
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Nebraska crop conditions are considerably higher than last year during this stage of the growing season, by as much as 30-40% for many crops.

Nebraska Producers Invited to Participate in Cover Crops Survey

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:58
Rye and clover cover crops grow in a field of corn residue. Producers are encouraged to participate in a new survey that will help researchers better understand messaging on cover crops to improve information and outreach.

EPA Opens Public Comment Period for Proposed Dicamba Herbicide from BASF

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:22
A new herbicideb has been developed by BASF for application on dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. The public has until July 5, 2024 to make comments on the registration of a new BASF dicamba product for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton.

This Week on N Field: Importance of Early Season Weed Control in Corn

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:05
For growers who were not able to apply pre-emergence herbicide at corn planting, several herbicide options are available for early post-emergence herbicide application in corn.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: June 20, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 09:54
The forecast for next week includes temperatures in the high 90s, with triple digits near the Nebraska-Kansas border and Panhandle, followed by possible storms Tuesday night and again Friday into the weekend.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Management Considerations for Grasshopper, Poison Hemlock and Yucca

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/20/2024 - 17:53
While grasshoppers are considered damaging to rangeland and crops, only a handful of Nebraska’s species have been known to cause damage. Correct identification of these species’ nymphal developmental stage will improve results from insecticide applications. See the Grasshopper Pest Management page for identification resources. Economic thresholds of grasshoppers have been observed in some Nebraska pastures this growing season, and producers are encouraged to begin scouting. This week's Pasture and Forage Minute reviews the square foot method and insecticide options.

Follow-up from July 2023 Hailstorms to Soybean

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/20/2024 - 15:29
This article reviews the yield results of five replanted Nebraska soybean fields following hail damage in 2023, which can assist soybean growers currently considering relative maturities in their soybean replant decisions.

Lead & Succeed webinar series continues leadership development discussion

Rural Prosperity Nebraska, the community development arm of Nebraska Extension, announces the inaugural session of its “Lead & Succeed Lunchbox Series,” a summer-long webinars series focused on revamping community leadership development in rural communities. The first session will take place on June 27.

2024 Nebraska Custom Rates: What to Charge?

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/20/2024 - 11:03
Nebraska Extension Farm and Ranch Management Analyst Glennis McClure will host a July webinar to share insights on how producers can apply data from the 2024 Nebraska Custom Rates Report to their operations. See webinar details below. (CAP photo) This article reviews the 2024 Nebraska Custom Rates Report, a comprehensive resource that serves as an essential guide for those offering and seeking custom agricultural services.

Nebraska Extension Offers Dual Meetings on Agriculture Drones in August 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/20/2024 - 10:38
Stay tuned for more information on the 2nd Annual Drones in Ag Conference and Nebraska Spray Drone Conference — coming soon to CropWatch. Two back-to-back drone conferences in August will give producers the opportunity to see live demos and hear important information about regulations, spray drone applications and more.

Degree-days for Prediction of Western Bean Cutworm Flight in 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 06/19/2024 - 18:36
Measuring the amount of heat between an upper and lower threshold to which an insect has been exposed, degree-days models can provide a high level of precision in predicting western bean cutworm peak flight.