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Nebraska Extension Offers Introductory-level Crop Scout Training May 21

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 05/01/2024 - 14:15
Attendees of the 2023 crop scout training course examine plants during one of the hands-on activities. (Nebraska Extension photo) The 2024 training course will review a wide variety of crop scouting concerns, such as drone scouting best practices, identifying nutrient deficiencies and insect damage in corn and soybean, and detecting weed seedlings.

Targeted grazing on cheatgrass in the western Great Plains

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 05/01/2024 - 11:40
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Targeted livestock grazing is the application of grazing animals at a defined time, intensity, and duration for vegetation or landscape management objectives. When planned right, targeted grazing management can accomplish those objectives without negatively affecting livestock production. Understanding plant growth and livestock grazing preference is important to the success of targeted grazing.


May 2024 Nebraska Rangeland and Pasture Update

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 05/01/2024 - 11:11
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 As May is upon us, many will be turning cattle out to pasture shortly or have done so already.  Cool-season grasses across the state have started to grow. Current moisture conditions will be a strong driver of cool-season grass growth. The month of April began drier for much of the state outside the panhandle but has been wet—very wet in some cases—for most of the state in the last two weeks. As such, a majority of locations in Nebraska are above average on precipitation for the water year, with much of the panhandle, Sandhills, and northeast sections coming in well above average.Spanish: 

UNL Researchers Advance Soil Health Cycle Concept

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 05/01/2024 - 10:26
In a new manuscript, UNL researchers outline the soil health cycle — a systematic approach to improving soil management practices that highlights the importance of soil health knowledge and beneficial policies for producers.

Wheat Disease Update for May 3, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 05/01/2024 - 09:13
A healthy wheat field with a state variety trial in Furnas County in the southern part of west-central Nebraska on April 24. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo) Diseases observed in Nebraska wheat fields so far this growing season have been minimal, but producers should be on the lookout for stripe rust, as heavy infections are ongoing in southern states.

Estimated Crop Water Use for April 29-May 5

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/30/2024 - 11:46

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

Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone shares details about some of the new features that will enhance crop water use reports in 2024.

Crop Progress: Sorghum Planting Underway

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 04/29/2024 - 17:05
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Planting continues to push forward at a good pace in Nebraska, with corn, soybeans and oats still near average for this time of year, and sorghum getting its start as of the April 28 USDA NASS report

Pasture and Forage Minute: Fertilizing Cool-Season Pasture, Army Cutworm Control

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 04/29/2024 - 16:38
Army cutworm larva chewing on a blade of wheat. (CropWatch file photo) Extension educators review timelines for turnout to summer pastures, calculating returns on fertilizing cool-season pastures, and tips for scouting army cutworm in alfalfa fields.

This Week on N Field: FieldCheck

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/26/2024 - 09:26
Nebraska Extension Educator Amy Timmerman shares details on the FieldWatch platform, including the FieldCheck app, which can help producers and pesticide applicators protect pesticide-sensitive crops and insects by preventing drift.

Net Farm Income Impacts Net Worth Growth

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/26/2024 - 09:03
Calculating net farm income is an important part of annual accounting tasks, as it provides the most accurate summary of the profitability and performance of your operation. Nebraska Extension Educator Glennis McClure explains the process of analyzing net farm income and earned net worth change for the year.

Nebraska Climate Plan Webinar

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/26/2024 - 08:44
UNL Ag Law Specialist Dave Aiken breaks down the Nebraska climate action plan, focusing on what the plan proposes to do to reduce agricultural climate pollution emissions in Nebraska.

Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Releases 2023 Research Results Publication

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/25/2024 - 16:58
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network's 2023 Research Results book is now available online for free download. Studies in the 2023 Research Results book cover various topics, including crop production, fertility and soil management, non-traditional products, cover crops, crop protection and equipment.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: April 24, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/25/2024 - 16:08
Planting may be sidelined over the weekend in Nebraska as rainfall is expected to continue across the region through Sunday, April 28.

Uncommon Wheat Disease in the Nebraska Panhandle in 2023

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/24/2024 - 15:08
Figure 1. A wheat field in the southern Panhandle of Nebraska in April 2024. Though rare for semi-arid regions, Fusarium head blight was present in the Nebraska Panhandle's 2023 wheat crop, and its effects have already been observed in this year's crop. This article highlights control options to mitigate yield loss in 2024.

Nebraska Study Reveals State’s Ethanol Industry Remains Strong Despite Recent Challenges

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/24/2024 - 10:45
Valero Renewable Fuels, LLC. in Albion, Nebraska. (Photo courtesy Nebraska Ethanol Board) The study highlights how the ethanol industry has continued to expand offerings of highly valued co-products, insulating itself from cyclical ethanol fuel prices.

Ideas for Estate and Transition Planning: Gifting

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/24/2024 - 10:08
Successfully bringing additional family members into an ag operation may require some creativity, as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. Gifting assets is one strategy for compensating the next generation on the farm or ranch. Gifting assets, such as equipment, livestock, land, or shares of an entity, is one of several ways to compensate family members in an operation, but it requires careful consideration of the guidelines.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Early Season Irrigation, Controlling Alfalfa Weevil

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/23/2024 - 18:00
Early season irrigation linked with first cutting alfalfa can potentially lower water use sharply, as transpiration is lower when the leaf foliage is removed. This week, extension educators discuss strategies for early season irrigation of alfalfa to lower water use, controlling alfalfa weevil and flash grazing in spring to control early weeds in cool- and warm-season grass pastures.

Roston Talks Crop Resiliency Research with RFD-TV

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/23/2024 - 17:18
Rebecca Roston, UNL professor of biochemistry, talks on RFD-TV about her research on the development of crop varieties with improved resistance to cold temperatures.

Choosing a Manure Application Rate

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/23/2024 - 16:37
Because fertility needs differ among crops, a good starting point is figuring out what nutrients are needed, and then choosing a manure application rate to meet those needs. Nebraska Extension shares recommendations on determining a manure application rate that will meet agronomic crop needs while accounting for excess soil nutrients or building soil fertility.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for May

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/23/2024 - 15:35
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. Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers in Fairbury, Norfolk and Valentine this May.