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December Workshops on Ag Liens, Loans and Leases

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:47
A new workshop — "Ag Liens, Loans, and Leases" — will be held at two sites in mid-December to help farmers assessing these aspects of their farm operation and management.

Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo Dec. 14

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:23
Growers can get the latest research updates for soybeans and view machinery and commercial exhibits at the Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo Thursday, Dec. 14. Dicamba issues and recommendations for achieving more precise herbicide applications are among the timely pest management and production topics slated for this year's Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo December 14 in Wahoo.

Farmers and Ranchers College Opens with David Kohl Dec. 7

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00
Figure 1. Farmers and Ranchers College participants work through a case study by determining where components of a balance sheet should be placed in order to better understand how to review financial documents with their lender. Risk management and beef production lead the workshop topics for the 2017-18 Farmers and Ranchers College.

Market Journal Looks at Market Response to USDA Crop Report

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:10
This week's Market Journal looks at how to select for Bt traits to protect corn from insects, the corn and soybean markets, how La Niña could impact weather conditions in the US and South America, and this week's forecast.

Could Sub-Saharan Africa be the World's Next Breadbasket? Nebraska Study Says It's Unlikely

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:22
Figure 1. Sub-Saharan Africa is unlikely to become the world's next breadbasket, according to a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study. (Source: While there is huge potential for sub-Saharan Africa to increase agricultural productivity, the odds that the region will become the world's next breadbasket are low, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While the area receives more rain than the world's other breadbaskets, its shallower and "older" soils may not serve as good water reservoirs during periods of little rainfall.

University Studies Sugarbeets as a Livestock Feed for Weaned Calves

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:23
In the third year of its research on using chopped sugarbeets for livestock feed, university researchers are moving from using pregnant cows to weaned calves as their research subjects. Growing and finishing trials will be conducted with calves both receiving and not receiving sugarbeets as an energy source.

Grain Bin Volume Calculator

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:46

2 Grain Marketing Workshops Cancelled Due to Harvest Delays

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:13
Due to delayed harvest, two November Grain Marketing Workshops have been cancelled and are expected to be rescheduled for January. The workshops were to be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Wayne and Wednesday, Nov. 15 at O'Neill.

Extension Crop Reports

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:27

Nebraska Corn Board Supports Free Corn Nematode Testing

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:01
A new program to provide free soil analysis for corn nematodes is being made possible by the Nebraska Corn Board. Growers are invited to submit soil samples to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln lab from now through spring to be tested for the root-lesion nematode.

Why Grain Test Weights Matter

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:07
What factors influence grain test weights and why aren't test weights necessarily an indicator of grain quality? More on these issues and what to consider when trucking high test-weight grain down the highway. When grain prices are lower and test weights are higher, it makes sense to check truck load weights prior to highway travel.

Quality SCN Samples are Part Science, Part Art

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:48
Taking quality soil samples to test for SCN is part science and part art. The science is in how the samples are taken, while the art is in where they're taken to capture the best snapshot of SCN conditions. You'll want to consider these recommendations for getting the most from your SCN sampling this fall.

Nebraska Soybean Production up 4% from '16, Corn Down 2%

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:44
Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn crop is forecast at 1.66 billion bushels, down 2% from last year's production. The soybean crop is now forecast at a record 328 million bushels, up 4% from last year.

Low Temperature and Frost May Affect Efficacy of Burndown Herbicides

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:36
Figure 1. Survival of field pennycress due to application of burndown herbicide when the temperature was below 40°F for an extended time. (Photos by Amit Jhala) In many areas fall herbicide applications were delayed due to the late harvest. Applications can still be effective, depending on weeds present, temperature, rate of herbicide and additives used. The article offers recommendations for these late-fall applications and their importance, particularly for control of herbicide-resistant marestail.

Corn Harvest at 68%; Soybean at 95%

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:21
As of Nov. 6 USDA NASS estimated Nebraska corn harvest was 68% complete, behind 82% last year and 81% for the five-year average. Soybeans harvested was 95%, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 98%.