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Some Fields Doing Better Than Expected Without Irrigation, Some Not

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 17:35
Time-lapse videos and photos capture the status of crops affected by the loss of irrigation water to growers in the North Platte River Valley in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

Update on Canal Repairs Affecting North Platte River Valley Growers in Nebraska and Wyoming

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:34
Figure 1. Excavation continues above the tunnel collapse and on Friday a series of three trench boxes, each 10 feet tall by 20 feet wide by 20 feet long, were droppped down on top of the tunnel to create a safe place for working. (Photo courtesy the Goshen Irrigation District) Work continues to excavate soil above the irrigation tunnel collapse just south of Fort Laramie. A series of trench boxes is being installed to facilitate safe conditions for continued digging. Prospects remain uncertain for restoring water this irrigation season.

Irrigation Tunnel Collapse Found to be an Insurable Event

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:09
Figure 1. Workers examine the site of the smaller of the two tunnel collapses. This week it was determined that the resulting loss of canal irrigation to growers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska was an insurable event.

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (August 19-23)

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:00
An infographic depicting the stage and yield component timing in soybean. Stress can happen anytime during the growing season. It's important to know what recovery is left and when mgmt is critical for yield. Find this and more infographics at (Source: Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Specialist) Crop progress reports and pest reports and photos, plus an infographic on soybean yield components of crop progress and pest challenges, reported by Extension Educators and Specialists.

Nebraska Extension at Husker Harvest Days to Highlight Strategies for Staying Strong

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:07
Figure 1. Integrating cover crops, maximizing irrigation efficiency, managing risk and making your farm more weather resilient are among the crop production topics being presented in the Big Red Building at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 9-11. Stop by to learn more about the latest research. Integrating cover crops, maximizing irrigation efficiency, managing risk, and making your farm more weather resilient are among the crop production topics being presented in the Big Red Building at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 9-11. Bring your plant samples and ask questions of Extension crop experts.

Nebraska Team Merges Machine Learning, Plant Genetics to Maximize Sorghum Potential

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:22
Figure 1. Through a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln research team is developing ways to maximize sorghum potentials across the United States. Sorghum is emerging as a star player in the biofuels industry. With its water use efficiency, resistance to heatm and low cost of seed, it could outpace corn, with a little boost from improved genetics. To aid that, a UNL team was recently awarded a $2.7 million grant to work on a rapid, efficient method for characterizing its gene functions.

Frogeye Leaf Spot in Northeast Nebraska

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:39
Figure 1. Frogeye leaf spot

Ask Your Land Lease and Management Questions for Monday Webinar

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 17:34
The Agricultural Land Management Quarterly webinar Monday, Aug. 19, will focus on land values and cash rental rates as well as cover crop utilization and lease considerations. The September 1 lease termination deadline and the importance of a written lease will also be covered.

Potential Economic Impact of Tunnel Collapse is $89 Million

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:36
Figure 1. Efforts are ongoing to repair the tunnel section of the Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation canal that collapsed July 17. This photo was taken August 8. (Photos by Gary Stone)