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Webinar - Cover Crops in Corn Systems: Opportunities for Dual Use - Set for Sept. 15th

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:10
Can planting cover crops in corn systems provide the dual benefits of improving soil health and be an economical source of forage? This webinar will cover lessons learned on incorporating cover crops after corn silage, high moisture corn, and dry corn harvest in Nebraska. The session will consist of short presentations with ample time for questions and discussion.

How Much Nitrogen Does My Cover Crop Take Up and When Do I Get It Back?

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 14:39
Rye in continuous corn April 19, 2018 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Center near Mead. With growing interest in cover crops, it is important to understand how cover crops might impact soil fertility for the following cash crop. Nitrogen (N) provided by cover crop biomass may be used in the short-term by the following crop, and in the long-term through improving soil N content and reducing fertilizer input costs.

2020 Corn Yield Forecasts as of August 25

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 11:33
This article summarizes the simulated crop stages and yield forecasts performed on August 25 for 40 locations across the US Corn Belt using the UNL Hybrid-Maize crop model.

Husker Harvest Days Goes Virtual, Nebraska Extension Providing Multiple Presentations

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 11:19
While Husker Harvest Days won’t be in person this year, Nebraska Extension is still planning a variety of presentations for this year’s virtual experience. Nebraskans are quite creative in developing successful endeavors, particularly in times of need. With a struggling farm economy and the unknowns of the spread of viral infections, there is special emphasis on cultivating new opportunities to improve the lives of Nebraskans.

Considerations for Leasing Land for Solar Development

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:55
The state’s largest solar farm – located just west of Lincoln off Interstate 80 – features 15,333 solar panels on 30 acres. Developed by the Lincoln Electric System and completed in June 2016, it generates approximately 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 900 typical homes in Lincoln. (Photo by John Hay) Renewable energy has increased significantly in recent years and the number of wind farms and the size of wind turbines are a visual reminder of renewable development. Due to higher development cost, solar electric systems, also called solar photovoltaic (PV), have lagged in commercial electric development.

Scheduling the Last Irrigation of the Season

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:29
After a year of record flooding over much of the state, we are now in various stages of drought. With limited rainfall over most of the state this year and fairly extended hot, dry periods, many irrigators may be wondering when is the irrigation season going to end?

Quicken Tags for Your Farm or Ranch

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 08:54
Tags can help you glean information from your Quicken file without complicating your category list. This article discusses how to get started with tags, and how to use them to enhance your financial records.

National Survey Shows a Wide Range of Cover Crop Benefits as Acreage Continues to Expand

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:24
The most recent survey included perspectives from 1,172 farmers representing every state and included a detailed exploration of “planting green” as well as crop insurance use among cover croppers.

Center Pivot End Gun Considerations

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 14:29
End guns are a very common feature on center pivots in certain areas. (Photo by Steve Melvin) End guns have been on center pivots from almost the beginning and the merits of their use have been debated about as long. Some farmers would not have a pivot without an end gun and others would not have a pivot with one.

Farm and Ranch Filing Systems

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 11:28
The goal of record-keeping is to be able to access the information you need quickly. This starts with a filing system that is tailored to the needs of your farm or ranch.

USDA Crop Progress Report, Aug. 17

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 15:10
Corn condition is rated 73% good to excellent, 88% dough and 29% dented. Soybean condition is rated 76% good to excellent, 90% setting pods and 2% starting to drop leaves. Dry edible beans are rated 69% good to excellent, 83% setting pods and 7% dropping leaves, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Evaluating Alfalfa Stands Part II - Renovation Options

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:27
Alfalfa stand previously interseeded with grass and legumes near Columbus, NE. – Megan Taylor Thin stands that need renovated have a few options to consider. Typically, alfalfa’s autotoxicity makes planting into established stands impossible. However, in new stands that are less than 12 months old, there is a chance that reseeding alfalfa in areas that are extremely thin or void of alfalfa may see success.

Towards 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Concept: An Illustration of N Rate and Timing for Optimizing Corn Yield and Profits

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 16:06
Dr. Iqbal’s research and extension lab has started a nitrogen rate and timing trial in corn which focuses on the efficient utilization of fertilizer nitrogen with the right rate and right time of fertilizer application.