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Warm temperatures and continued precipitation in much of Nebraska in September further complicated crop production. Extremes ranged from 34°F at Harrison to 99°F at Indianola. Highest one-day rain was 4.42 inches at Ainsworth.
Figure 1. After recent rains, water stands in the border of this Filmore County soybean field. While wet conditions across much of the state will complicate harvest, taking steps to avoid compaction can reduce the challenges for future crops. (Photo by Brandy VanDeWalle)
Sorghum-sudangrass hybrid planted as a cover crop at the university's Haskell Ag Lab in northeast Nebraska. The two photos on the left show plants that were cut for hay in early October and now have new shoots coming out of the base. (These plants were damaged by a light frost last week.) This new growth would be at extremely high risk for purssic acid poisoning. (Photos by Ben Beckman) With many of Nebraska’s acres in cover crop mixtures due to prevented planting, it's important to make a quick check of your acres after a freeze and before grazing or feeding as some plants may be hazardous if fed incorrectly.
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From Water.unl.edu: When applying anhydrous or an ammonia-rich manure, wait until soils start to cool. Soil temperature affects how quickly soil microbes will process ammonium nitrogen to nitrate.
Figure 1. Nebraska’s Andrea Basche and a colleague have found that planting perennials and cover crops may substantially improve the ability of soils to soak up heavy rainfall, potentially alleviating the most severe effects of flooding and drought. (Photo by Greg Nathan, UNL) A synthesis of 89 studies across six continents has helped clarify which agricultural practices hold water when it comes to helping soils soak up precipitation — a factor critical to mitigating floods, outlasting drought and stabilizing crop yields.
The new Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 revises the federal bankruptcy code to increase the amount of total debt a producer may have and be eligible for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection from $4.4 million to $10 million.
Figure 1. Stalk lodging and rot has been evident in some fields since August, particularly parts of fields that experienced water ponding earlier. (Photos by Tamra Jackson-Ziems) The effects of late planting and stressful growing conditions throughout much of the season are showing up now in poor stalk quality in corn. Growers are encouraged to scout fields and harvest those most at risk of lodging first. Here's why and what to look for.
Figure 1: Precision manure application is an important trend in managing animal manures. (Photos by Rick Koelsch) Extension Engineer Rick Koelsch shares highlights from the 2019 Manure Expo. Precision technology paired with well-designed application equipment was key to achieving uniformity in manure fertilizer applications.
Figure 1. (L-R) Field peas, lentils, and chick peas planted in a double cropping study at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. (Photos taken June 12-2018)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest is well underway in the North Platte River Valley in western Nebraska.