Cropping & Water Systems


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Cropping & Water Systems

October 5, 2017

Reduce Soil Compaction at Harvest

            Harvest is one of my favorite times of year. Watching fields being harvested takes me back to my days of growing up on a farm in the Platte River valley. One big difference is our soils were sandier than many soils in northeast Nebraska and susceptible, but less prone to compaction. However, compaction can occur on sandy soils, too.

September 28, 2017

Fall is the BEST Time to Control Lawn Weeds

September 21, 2017

Think SAFETY In and Around Grain Bins

            Last week, September 17-23, was the 2017 National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme this year is Putting Farm Safety Into Practice. With harvest season just around the corner, this seems like a good time to talk about grain bin safety.

September 7, 2017

September Lawn Care

            We just flipped the calendar over to a new month, and September can be the most important month to get your bluegrass and tall fescue lawns back in good condition after the stressful months this summer, although this year wasn’t as bad as many.

September 1, 2017

Stalk Rots

            If you are under stress, whether it’s work, kids, lack of sleep, or any other number of stresses, you are more likely to get sick. Our body focuses on managing the stress and not what is making us sick. The same can be said for corn. A lot of corn has had one or more stresses on it this growing season.

August 24, 2017

Estimating Corn Yields

            This is the time of year when many people want to get an estimate of what their corn will yield. While recent rains may benefit soybeans more than corn, they should help improve corn test weight. To get an estimate on your corn yield, you will need to get an estimate on ears per acre, rows of kernels per ear, and kernels per row.