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Spring Miller Moth Invasion

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:52
During the daylight hours the army cutworm moths seek shelter in cracks and crevices including those found in houses and other buildings. The moths begin to emerge from these locations at dusk to resume their feeding and westward migration.

Fertilizer-nitrogen Injury

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:29
Nitrogen (N) is the most limiting nutrient in corn. However, there is risk of crop injury with band application of fertilizer-N.

Corn, Soybean Planting Well Ahead of Last Year

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:42
Corn planted was 91%, as of Sunday, May 17, 2020, well ahead of 63% last year, and ahead of 78% for the five-year average. Emerged was 54%. Soybeans planted was 78%, well ahead of 34% last year and 42% average. Emerged was 29%, well ahead of 5% last year and 8% average.

Wheat Disease Update – Barley Yellow Dwarf and Fungal Leaf Spots Increasing

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:20
A survey of wheat fields in southern west central Nebraska (Furnas and Harlan Counties) on May 19 found most fields to have little or no disease. Two fields had a high incidence of barley yellow dwarf.

Extension Crop Reports (May 18-22)

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:26

Business Powers of Attorney for Nebraska Farm and Ranch Business Owners

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:50
In the case where there is no well-structured legal documentation of who assumes business functions when a key manager is incapacitated —which would likely include many Nebraska farms and ranches — the business owner may seek to provide business operational continuity should they become unable to do so.

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program Loans Update

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 14:58
The PPP program is a very helpful tool available to business during this difficult situation. It is important for those that applied to stay on top of rules and guidance that the SBA and Treasury provide.

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Musk Thistle

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:30
Musk thistle is a non-native biennial forb but can behave occasionally as an annual. It reproduces/spreads from seed and is a prolific seed producer.

2020 Soybean Gall Midge Alert Network

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:55
In 2019, an alert network was established to monitor soybean gall midge adult emergence using cages across 27 sites in four states. Growers and consultants can sign up to receive emergence information alerts to aid in the timing of insecticide applications.

Wheat Diseases Developing, Scout Fields for Early Detection

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 14:04
Reports from the wheat growing regions in Nebraska indicate low or no disease pressure in most growers’ fields. However, some fields are showing low to moderate levels of disease.

N Field Observations for This Week

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:40
This week, Chuck Burr and Paul Jasa share thoughts about row cleaners. Amy Timmerman, Sarah Sivits and Megan Taylor report on what they are seeing in fields after the cold and frosty weather.

Soybean Replanting Considerations

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 08:52
With the recent cold temperatures and frost in portions of the State, some are questioning the need to replant soybean. It’s important to assess potential recovery before making replant decisions. Soybeans are more resilient than one may think!

Planting Date Impact on Corn Growth and Ear Issues

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 14:39
Despite the above-average yields in recent years, there has been reports of ear formation issues in corn that ranged from sites in the Texas Panhandle, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Does planting date play a role?

Nebraska Extension Launches Online Platform for Exchange of Carbon Sources Needed by Livestock Producers

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:33
Donated hay bales accumulate at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead following flooding in 2019. (Photo by Deloris Pittman - Nebraska Extension) Nebraska Extension is calling on farmers, municipalities, lawn care companies and others to donate or sell wood chips, hay, lawn waste and other carbon sources to livestock producers hit hard by COVID-19.

Scout Emerging Corn for Insects; Don’t Assume Protection

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 16:41
As corn begins to emerge, be alert to the potential for damage from early season insects such as cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, or other insects. A key distinction to be aware of is that soil insects such as white grubs and wireworms can only be controlled with planting time treatments; cutworms and other caterpillars potentially can be controlled postemergence.

Evaluating Freeze and Chilling Injury in Corn and Soybeans

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 16:09
The weather has definitely taken a turn to the cold side over the weekend and into this week. Across Nebraska lows at or below 32°F were recorded over the weekend. Clear conditions coupled with temperatures in the 30s can be favorable for frost formation; especially in low lying areas within fields, but can be highly variable.

Nebraska Corn and Soybean Planting Ahead of Averages

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:10
As of Sunday, May 10, Nebraska Corn planted was 79%, well ahead of 43% last year, and ahead of 60% for the five-year average, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Emerged was 30%, well ahead of 7% last year, and ahead of 18% average.