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2020 Corn Yield Forecasts as of August 4

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:06
Similarly to our previous forecast, there is a high probability of near-average yields for the majority of the irrigated sites. For rainfed corn, the scenario is diverse across regions.

Crop Diseases Spreading and Increasing

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:29
Southern rust continues to spread across eastern Nebraska. To date, southern rust has been reported in 45 Nebraska counties. Gray Leaf Spot, Bacterial Leaf Streak and Frogeye Leaf Spot are increasing as well.

Preparing Yourself for Corn Under $3 Per Bushel

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:29
Photo by Glennis McClure

2020 Custom Rates Statewide Summary Available

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:35
The recently completed 2020 Nebraska Custom Rates Survey and accompanying report summarize current rates charged for specific machinery operations and custom services across the state.

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 15:40
USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for August

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 14:19
Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers across the state in August 2020. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor.

Estimating a Fair Value for Standing Forage

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 11:30
Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney) Several things need to be considered when deciding what value to place on standing forage. Forage prices reflect current inventories, demand, expected current season production and associated yield risk, and quality characteristics.

Crop Progress Report for July 27

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:03
Corn is rated 75% good to excellent and progressing ahead of the five-year average. Soybean is rated 80% good to excellent and also progressing ahead of the five-year average, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The winter wheat harvest is nearly complete (93%) and dry edible beans are progressing ahead of the previous year.

Wheat Stem Sawfly Infestations Continue to Impact Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:13
Wheat stem sawfly (WSS) has been a very significant pest of wheat in the northern wheat-producing regions of our country such as Montana and North Dakota and well into Canada. Larvae cut and weaken the stems of maturing wheat causing the wheat to lodge creating very significant harvest losses in many situations.

2020 Weed Management Field Days Available Online

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 09:13
Figure 1. Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth infesting a corn field in south central Nebraska. (Archive photo by Amit Jhala) The 2020 in-person Weed Management Field Days were not possible due to Covid-19. However, information about projects for this year's growing season were recorded for Virtual Field Days and are available online.

Panhandle Center Hosts Field Day Aug. 20

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 15:06
During a research plot tour at the 2019 Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT), Integrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence speaks in front of a weed control plot. The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on August 20 to host the annual Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT). The in-person event will be conducted with social distancing and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cercospora Leaf Spot Detected in the Panhandle

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 14:57
Young lesions of the pathogen forming on sugar beet leaves. On July 13, symptoms characteristic of Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) were found on lower leaves of sugarbeets from research plots at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff.

Selecting Winter Wheat Varieties - Best for Your Cropping System

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 16:52
2019 Harlan County Wheat Plot Tour. Photo courtesy of Dawn Hetrick, Harlan County Extension Office. Variety selection is one of the most important decisions a winter wheat grower has to make. The right or wrong decision can enhance or negate all other factors in profitable wheat farming.