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How to know when a pasture is ready to be grazed in the spring

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:23
Friday, May 10, 2024

The time for turn out to our primary summer pastures is very near.  A couple of important questions are what date to turn out, and which pastures should be first?


Farmers Invited to Attend Roller Crimper Workshop May 22

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:23
Crimping rye at a mild angle using a roller crimper. (CropWatch file photo) This short program will include a roller crimper demo, discussion on what conditions must be met to be successful with this termination method, and insights from farmers on their experiences with crimping.

Construction Begins on Groundbreaking Precision Ag Research Center

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 11:11
The National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture at Nebraska Innovation Campus will be a $160 million USDA laboratory, enabling USDA ARS to perform research on wheat, barley, sorghum, forage and bioenergy grasses, and other crops. Research on how these plants respond to emerging pests and pathogens under a full range of environmental conditions will empower scientists to make cutting-edge discoveries with the goal of developing climate-resilient crops for the U.S. agriculture industry. (Nebraska Today image) The state-of-the-art research center will enhance USDA ARS studies on the impact of emerging pests and pathogens on crops with the goal of developing climate-resilient crops for the U.S. agriculture industry.

Measuring Up: Annual Forage vs. Row Crop

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 10:59
This webinar reviews the pros and cons of adding an annual forage into crop rotations, with insights from Mary Drewnoski, extension beef systems specialist, Jay Parsons, extension farm and ranch management specialist, and Daren Redfearn, extension crop residue specialist. (USDA NRCS photo) This webinar highlights the economics and production benefits of incorporating annual forage systems into crop rotations for producers interested in diversifying their operation.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: May 9, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 10:22
Figure 1. Probability of one inch of precipitation early next week. There is more rain expected for Nebraska next week, but it's likely to be followed by an extended dry period.

Nebraska Groundwater Levels Continue Decline After Prolonged Drought

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 09:29
Aaron Young, a survey geologist with the Conservation and Survey Division, performs maintenance on a water well. (Courtesy photo) Below-average precipitation and an increased need for irrigation have led to groundwater level declines of more than 20 feet at some locations in Nebraska.

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust Confirmed in Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/10/2024 - 09:12
Figure 1. A grower’s wheat field in Lancaster County in southeast Nebraska with low levels of disease on May 8. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo) The appearance of wheat disease has increased in Nebraska, with new observations of stripe rust in several counties and low levels of barley yellow dwarf and leaf spot diseases.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Selecting Summer Forages, Thistle Control Options

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 05/09/2024 - 13:44
For pastures with noxious weed thistles like this musk thistle, now is the time for spring herbicide applications, while the plants are still in the short rosette to bolted growth stages prior to flowering. (Photo by Gary Stone) Insights on pasture rental rates, selecting summer forage based on needs for your operation, and control options for noxious weed thistles in pastures.

Nitrogen Management Suggestions for Corn Updated in EC117, EC155, and EC2008

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 05/09/2024 - 13:05
Three Nebraska Extension NebGuides have been updated to include information about the new UNL Nitrogen Tool, designed to increase efficiency of nitrogen use in crop production. The updated publications provide information about UNL's newly developed web-based nitrogen (N) recommendation tool for corn grain, adapted from extension's previous N recommendation equation.

2024 Nebraska Soil Health School has Successful Launch

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 05/09/2024 - 11:38
Gary Peterson, Colorado State University professor emeritus, delivered the opening keynote presentation at the Nebraska Soil Health School held at UNL’s High Plains Ag Lab on April 24. Peterson outlined historical events and mismanagement practices that have degraded the Great Plains soil and discussed the how and why the coupling of reduced tillage and cropping intensification can help growers rebuild soil. (Photo by Nicole Heldt) The first Nebraska Soil Health School of the year was designed to provide potential management practices for producers in the Panhandle, with one focus being the practicalities of growing cover crops in semi-arid regions.

Current Use of Chlorpyrifos and Food Tolerances

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 05/09/2024 - 10:01
For concerns regarding the use of chlorpyrifos on crops during the 2024 growing season, producers should contact their local extension educator for assistance. Nebraska Extension educators share guidance on the use of chlorpyrifos products on food and feed crops in the U.S.

Ag Land Management Webinar to Offer Latest On Cash Rents, Changing Commodity Prices For 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 13:55
Attendees of Land Management Quarterly can submit questions to the presenters prior to the webinar using the questionnaire form on the Land Management Quarterly website (link in article). The May 20 webinar will examine the latest average cash rental rates in the state and offer insight on adjusting rental rates considering current commodity prices this year, including a Q&A session for participants.

Rural Prosperity Nebraska welcomes newest Extension educator

Ben Dutton joins Rural Prosperity Nebraska as the newest member of the community development arm of Nebraska Extension. While Dutton has lived throughout the Midwest and Intermountain West, he graduated high school in Wakefield and has lived in McCook for the last eight years. So Nebraska is home. Dutton will serve the west central portion of the state, including Arthur, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson and Perkins counties. Read below to learn more about him. Tell us a little about your family life.

Crop Progress: Rain Delays Slow Planting Progress

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 05/06/2024 - 16:49
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Nebraska's recent turbulent weather caused some setbacks for corn and soybean planting, with corn planting now almost 20% behind last year's pace.

Estimated Crop Water Use for May 6-12, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 05/06/2024 - 16:28

To receive 2024 weekly crop water use reports via text message, subscribe on the PHREC AgLab site.

Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone shares the weekly crop water use outlook and tips on preparing for the 2024 irrigation season.

H5N1/Avian Influenza/Bird Flu in dairy cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 05/06/2024 - 16:03
Thursday, May 2, 2024


A discussion of the situation involving H5N1 (avian influenza/bird flu) and dairy cattle with UNL’s BeefWatch Podcast host Aaron Berger, beef Extension educator and Dr. Matt Hille, an assistant professor and diagnostic pathologist at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center based on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.



Kearney, Hays gain insights through First Impressions program

Kearney, Nebraska, and Hays, Kansas, have a lot in common.

Only a two-and-a-half-hour drive separates the cities, and both are situated along major freeways (I-80 and I-70, respectively). They are both home to universities (the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Fort Hays State University). They are both considered micropolitan communities. And they both recently participated in the First Impressions program, a university-run collaborative outreach effort between two coordinating cities.

Three from Panhandle Inducted into Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 05/03/2024 - 11:02
The Nebraska Hall of Agricultural new members are (from left) Tom Field, Tom Hoegemeyer, Loren Taylor, Wes Ullrich, Kelly Heath, David Briggs, Dave Nielsen, and Aaron Berger (not pictured). (Courtesy photo) Two UNL faculty members were among those recognized for their contributions to ag research at the 2024 Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement.

Should I trich test my mature bulls?

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 05/03/2024 - 09:10
Friday, May 3, 2024

We are nearing spring turnout and breeding season, and with that, many producers may be getting bulls tested right before turnout. So, what should producers be considering to maintain herd health within their mature bull battery?

Bovine trichomoniasis “trich” testing – what is it?


Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: May 2, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 05/02/2024 - 18:22
Figure 1. Projected precipitation Friday night, May 3 into Saturday morning, May 4. With two more rounds of storms inbound, the latest forecast includes another two to three inches of precipitation for eastern Nebraska by early next week and the potential for another round of severe weather on Monday, May 6.