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Why Do We Not Have an Estate Plan?

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 08:02
For quite a few farmers and ranchers, the thought of retiring is likely not something that they want to consider. So, if I’m not retiring, why would I complete an estate plan?

Scouting Advised for Alfalfa Weevil

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:34
Alfalfa weevils have been reported damaging alfalfa in north central Kansas. As temperatures warm up, expect to see alfalfa weevil larvae in southern Nebraska and slightly later, in northern Nebraska.

TAPS Competitors Make Planting Decisions for 2020 Season

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 16:31
Even in these uncertain times with COVID-19 the TAPS competitions, like many other farming operations, has moved forward with their 2020 planting. Participants had to make the crucial decisions for hybrid and seeding rate to use in the competition by April 10th.

Pesticide Container Recycling Continues in 2020

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 16:20
The plastic from recycled containers is used to make industry-approved products such as pallets, drain tile, underground utility conduit, landscape edging, and nursery pots. Instead of adding them to a landfill, consider recycling your containers this year.

USDA NASS: Corn Planting at 61%, Soybean at 32%

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 10:11
Approximately 61% of the state’s corn was planted as of Sunday, according to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is well ahead of 30% last year and 38% for the five-year average. Emerged was 9%, ahead of 1% last year, and near the average of 5%.

Nebraska Invasive Weed: Field Bindweed

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 15:01
Originating in Eurasia, field bindweed was introduced into the United States as a contaminant in farm and garden seeds in the mid-1700s. It has been reported in every state in the United States and is a noxious weed in 22 states.

Grain Marketing 2020: Survival and COVID-19

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 08:36
Let’s state the obvious: this isn’t a typical year and we all know it. This article will discuss how to build a marketing strategy to assure that the farm continues to the next crop year.

Nebraska Extension Brings Introductory Field Scout Training Online May 13

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:29
The introductory training course is for summer employees working in the agricultural industry, as well as corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for May

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:04
Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven sites across the state in May 2020. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor.

Palmer Amaranth and Velvetleaf Control in Conventional Soybean Using Overlapping Residual Herbicide Programs

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:29
Palmer amaranth in conventional soybean field is difficult to control (Photo by Amit Jhala). With the depressed corn and soybean prices in recent years in the United States, growers have shown interest in conventional soybean. Herbicide programs should be selected carefully that provide season-long weed control.

Tips for In-season Nitrogen Management in Corn

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:18
Photo by Richard Ferguson This spring conditions are good for pre-plant fertilizer, but there are still considerations that justify shifting more nitrogen application to in-season versus pre-plant.

Weed Control in Alfalfa Post Green-Up

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:10
Scouting in early spring is the best way to categorize current weed problems and those that may become issues later in the season and into the following year.

Corn and Soybean Planting Ahead of Average

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:08
Approximately 20% of Nebraska corn was planted as of Sunday, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is ahead of 12% last year, and near 16% for the five-year average.

Considerations when Planting Green

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:40
Corn planted into green cereal rye in 2020. Growers that switched to planting green, say it was much easier to plant compared with planting into the decomposing-dying cover. In spite of these observations, planting green is not for everyone and one needs to assess the risk of doing so.

Assessing Freeze Injury to Wheat

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:56
It takes a number of warm days (a week or more depending on temperatures) after freezing to determine the condition of the winter wheat crop, so don’t make any quick decisions after a freeze.

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program Loans - Partnerships

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:31
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is working to help alleviate the strain many businesses and individuals have under the current circumstances. This article gives information on guidelines announced for partnerships and Schedule C’s.

Potential Respirator Shortage Due to COVID-19

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 16:43
Personal protective equipment (PPE) may be in short supply, regionally or nationally, in the 2020 growing season. What can people in Ag industry do to prepare?

Soybean Seeding Rate On-Farm Research

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:27
Figure 1. Location by county (shown by red fill) for soybean seeding rate studies through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network from 1990 to 2019 based on the database. Counties with studies not currently in the database are noted by red lines and have been reported in CropWatch articles. The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network has shown that a seeding rate of 120,000 seeds per acre has performed well across counties, farms, and fields in Nebraska.

Safe Handling of Treated Seed

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:18
This year remember to be safe when handling treated seed and check the seed tag for specific handling and use directions.

Two Nutrient Management Decision Tools Updated

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:08
Recently, two nutrient management tools produced by Nebraska Extension have been updated and are now available.