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Resources for Early-Season Crop Damage

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 08:53
With crop damage occurring in the forms of hail, wind and flooding early in this growing season, the following are resources that can help you in making decisions.

Wheat Disease Update: June 10

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 15:43
As of June 10, diseases in Nebraska wheat fields remained at trace to low levels.

Market Journal: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Payments

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:55
Recently, Market Journal spoke with Nebraska FSA Outreach Coordinator Bobbie Kriz-Wickham to discuss the USDA’s new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which provides payments to producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Field Days, Wheat Variety Tours in Western Nebraska Will Be Available as Self-guided or Online Events

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:33
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting limits on public face-to-face programs, but Nebraska Extension will sponsor a variety of events in mid-June to share updates on the wheat variety trials and crop and livestock research conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln in western Nebraska.

First Emergence of Soybean Gall Midge in Cass County, Nebraska

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:20
On June 10th, 2020 three soybean gall midge adults were collected south of Louisville, Nebraska. This was the only site in the network with soybean gall midge adult activity.

USDA Crop Progress Report, June 8

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:10
As of Sunday, June 7, most of Nebraska’s corn and soybeans have emerged and are rated 83% and 82% good to excellent respectively. Winter wheat was 67% headed which is behind the five year average. Sorghum planting is well ahead of average and rated 90% good to excellent.

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Phragmites

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 16:37
Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potentially invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is taking place. An Integrated Pest Management plan (IPM) can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further. This will avoid costly, long-term control efforts.

Ninth Circuit Court Orders Cancellation of Three Dicamba Products - Updated

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 09:57
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on June 3, 2020 that immediately cancelled the registration of XtendiMax®, FeXapan®, and Engenia® primarily used in dicamba-resistant soybean, also known as Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean.

Ninth Circuit Court Orders Cancellation of Three Dicamba Products

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 14:01
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on June 3, 2020 that immediately cancelled the registration of XtendiMax®, FeXapan®, and Engenia® primarily used in dicamba-resistant soybean, also known as Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean.

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 1-5)

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:55
Extension educators report on what they are seeing in the fields this week in Custer, Greeley, Howard, Cheyenne, Adams and Webster counties.

Common Stalk Borer Scouting Should Start in Southern Nebraska

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:45
This week's map indicates that enough degree days have accumulated for common stalk borer eggs to have hatched across the state.

Soil Residual Herbicide Options after Soybean Emergence

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:44
Soybean planting was early this year in Nebraska, but dry soil conditions in most of May resulted in poor activation of pre-emergence herbicides applied in rain-fed fields and subsequently less than expected weed control.

Nebraska Corn, Soybeans Rated 82% Good to Excellent

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:10
As of May 31, 2020, Nebraska corn planting was complete and soybeans planted was 95% according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planting and emergence of both crops continues to be ahead of five year averages.

Accurately Growth Staging Corn after Lower Leaf Loss and Implication for Post-emergence Herbicide Application

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:50
After a frost, or hail event, the dead tissue is not able to resurrect itself and is eventually sloughed off as the plant continues to grow. Thus a common question is how do I determine corn growth stage when I can no longer count leaves?

Q and A: Why is Corn Emergence Uneven This Year?

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:56
Planting conditions seemed to be “perfect” this year. This allowed a large percent of corn and soybean acres in Nebraska to be planted earlier than in previous years. Because conditions seemed so good, the question is why emergence has been uneven in some fields this year.

CARES Act: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Crop Producers

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:07
While agricultural producers and agribusinesses are eligible for two programs administered through the Small Business Administration, the primary support for agriculture is coming from USDA through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Read more about the CFAP program and register for the June 4 webinar.

Is It Too Easy to Turn Irrigation Water On?

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:47
I have worked with irrigation management for almost 20 years. Today most farmers are doing a better job than when I started, however many still tend to over apply water -- leaving room for improvement. That left me wondering “Why” and “What could help more farmers apply the optimal amount of irrigation water?”

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust Confirmed in Nebraska

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:29
During a survey of wheat fields in south central and southeast Nebraska on May 27, stripe rust was found at trace levels in a grower’s wheat field in Thayer County in southeast Nebraska.

Soil Residual Herbicide Options after Corn Emergence

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 09:59
Application of soil residual herbicides is important because they deliver a few weeks of residual weed control and aid in weed resistance management by incorporating additional site(s) of action in herbicide program. Several residual herbicides can be applied after corn emergence without injury to corn.

New Research Shows When Nebraska’s Groundwater Supply Recharges

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 09:45
From left, Aaron Mittelstet, Troy Gilmore, Mikaela Cherry and Didier Gatsmana sample groundwater in the Little Blue Natural Resources District near Hastings in July 2018. A recent study from Cherry, doctoral candidate in the School of Natural Resources, and colleagues found that winter precipitation reloads most of the state’s groundwater supply. (Courtesy photo/Sydney Corcoran) When it rains, and even when it pours and floods like it did in Nebraska in late 2018 and through much of 2019, the precipitation that hits the surface doesn’t always factor in to recharging the state’s vast and vital groundwater supply. So when does it most often happen?