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While You’re Waiting, Collect a Sample for SCN Analysis

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 16:32
Time spent waiting in a grain cart or truck on the edges of fields while the combine fills may feel like wasted time and lead to frustration. Why not make the most of that time by using it to collect soil samples for soybean cyst nematode (and other) analyses?

Check Stalk Quality of Corn Going into Harvest

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:52
Poor stalk quality can cause stalk lodging and breakage, leading to harvest difficulties. This could cause yield loss and create issues of volunteer corn for next year's crops due to ears lost from lodged corn.

How to Control Palmer Amaranth in Dry Beans in Nebraska?

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:22
Acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibitor resistant Palmer amaranth is difficult to control in dry beans. Currently labeled pre-emergence (PRE) and preplant incorporated (PPI) herbicides are effective for controlling ALS-inhibitor resistant Palmer amaranth. However, a post-emergence (POST) herbicide is generally needed to provide season-long control.

Soybean Diseases Developing in Nebraska

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 08:55
Patches of yellowing or dying soybeans have been observed and are a cause of concern across many areas of Nebraska in the last 2 weeks. Some of these areas are due to several diseases described here.

Improving Nitrogen Management in Dryland Winter Wheat Production

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 13:07
Over the past two years of the study across multiple locations, we found that yield response to applied N rates was evident only in the wet year. In a dry year, grain protein was elevated in an inverse reciprocation to the reduced grain yield. These findings suggest for the need to be able to manage and adjust N according to weather, particularly to spring moisture. There were benefits of applying N in spring or split over fall application, but the effect was not consistent across sites and years. There is much to do before crop sensors can be used in winter wheat N management in the state, but we have encouraging results suggesting their potential use.

September 2020 Disease Reports from the UNL Diagnostic Clinic

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 11:23
The following diseases and pests were reported in samples submitted to the UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic from August 16 through September 2, 2020.

Drooping Corn Ears Across Nebraska

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 10:46
Are you seeing ears drooping over earlier? What should you expect come harvest time?

Eastern Nebraska Growers Adding Wheat into the Rotation

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:58
As many farmers are getting ready to begin harvest, those who grow winter wheat are preparing to plant. There are many reasons why growers have been planting winter wheat in eastern Nebraska.

To All the Wheats That I Have Known

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:20
Extension Educator Stephen Baenziger looks back on his 34 years of working with wheat varieties in Nebraska.

Winter Wheat Varieties With an East and South Central Nebraska Fit

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:47
Winter wheat planting will soon be upon us in east and south central Nebraska as soybean harvest is not far off this year.

Winter Wheat Economics in Nebraska

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 17:01
Including winter wheat in the cropping system does not appear to be a profitable decision when one only examines the production costs and expected returns. Generally, there are additional production and economic benefits that should be considered. First, we will review the cost of production and then discuss other potential benefits of including winter wheat in the cropping system.

Harvesting Soybeans for Hay or Silage

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:55
The importance of estimating soybean yield prior to harvesting as forage is illustrated in this photo of drought-stressed soybean from Washington County, NE. With a closer look at these plants, you can see 10 to 12 pods per stem with 3 seeds per pod on a few of the plants. These soybeans are not stressed enough to consider for hay or silage. Photo courtesy of Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension. For some producers, the time has come to determine if soybean will be cut for forage or left for grain-this is not an easy decision. In some areas, soybean plants are still hanging on despite the continued heat and lack of moisture.

Reducing Yield Loss in Wheat Through Fungicide Seed Treatments

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:39
Fungicide seed treatments help to reduce losses caused by seed transmitted and soilborne fungal diseases of wheat. Some systemic seed treatment products contain a fungicide and an insecticide and offer additional protection against fall season foliar diseases and insects such as aphids which also transmit barley yellow dwarf virus.

Precision Nitrogen Management On-Farm Research Project

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:33
Are you interested in how agriculture technologies can improve nitrogen management on your farm? Nebraska Extension received a $1.2 million On-Farm Conservation Innovation grant from USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service which connects corn and wheat producers across Nebraska with access to cutting-edge technologies through on-farm research.

Wheat Stem Sawfly in 2020

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:06
A few more growers and wheat acres in Nebraska became familiar with wheat stem sawfly damage during this past growing season.

Corn, Soybean Condition Declines, but Progressing Well

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:30
Corn condition is rated 66% good to excellent, down from 73% the previous week, with 96% dough and 60% dented. Soybean condition is rated 71% good to excellent, down from 76% the previous week, with 98% setting pods and 5% dropping leaves.

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (Aug. 24-28)

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:21
Extension educators report on what they are seeing in the fields this week in the panhandle, Platte, Boone, Nance, Phelps, Harlan, Furnas, Gosper, Adams, Kearney and Webster counties.