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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Crop Progress: Oat Harvest Begins

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 17:11
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Despite the onset of summer heat, the condition of most Nebraska crops in 2024 continues to be well above last year's progress. Harvest for winter wheat and oats is also advancing above average pace.

This Week on N Field: Cereal Rye Termination Timing

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 14:53
Getting maximum weed control from cover crops without affecting row crop yield is a matter of termination timing. Learn more in this episode of N Field.

Insurance for Annual Forages Webinar

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 14:14
For producers planting annual forages on cropland, note that the current sign-up period for annual forage insurance ends July 15 for annual forages planted from Aug. 1, 2024 through July 31, 2025. UNL ag finance experts discuss changes to the Annual Forage Insurance Program (AFIP) and tips for how to integrate annual forage insurance coverage into your program.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: July 3, 2024

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 14:03
Stormy skies continue for Nebraska next week, with most of the state expected to receive about an inch or more in rainfall by July 10.

NCIA a Longtime Partner with Nebraska Growers for Seed Certification

Tue, 07/02/2024 - 17:00
Wheat grows at the agriculture fields at 84th and Havelock. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication) When Nebraska farmers see a seed bag marked with the blue tag from NCIA, they have the assurance that the seed has received unbiased third-party quality assurance, meeting the standards for germination, purity and variety identity.

Nebraska Extension Projects Look at Viability and Economics of Mint in Panhandle

Tue, 07/02/2024 - 16:11
The spearmint plots at PREEC in Scottsbluff were harvested on Oct. 9, 2023, by UNL students Kasun Lakmini, left, Piumi Ishara, and Sujani De Silva. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) UNL researchers are investigating the crop's ability to produce favorable yields in the Panhandle's semi-arid climate, with continued focus on determining an optimum fertilizer and application rate for mint production.

2024 Nebraska Acreage

Tue, 07/02/2024 - 11:53
Historical crop acreage reports for Nebraska are available at USDA. Most Nebraska crop plantings are slightly higher this year, with dry edible pea acreage at a nearly 30% increase over 2023.