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Cropping & Water Systems

Confronting Cropping Challenges training to be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Bloomfield Community Center. The training gives attendees an opportunity to learn from the challenges they might have faced during this past growing season or may face during the coming growing season by going more in-depth. Program topics include Corn Tar Spot, Drift Management/Boom Sprayer Calibration, and Drought (Herbicide Carryover, Nutrient Carryover, Irrigation Considerations). Read more for additional training dates and pre-registration link.
It seems like every year there is a new or emerging insect pest in northeast Nebraska. This year that insect is the soybean stem borer, sometimes called the Dectes stem borer. Its main hosts are cultivated sunflower, soybean, giant ragweed, and cocklebur. The soybean stem borer is still at low levels in most of northeast Nebraska, but bears watching. Additional information on scouting and management for soybean stem borer can be found in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension CropWatch Newsletter at
Anyone wishing to apply fertilizer or pesticides to land or crops in or with water through an on-farm irrigation system must obtain a chemigation applicator certificate.   Because of COVID-19 restrictions, meetings guidelines for attendance require pre-registration in order to attend an in-person training as space is limited.  Pre-register here
Private Pesticide Applicator Training dates are set for 2022. Cedar County training dates will be January 6, February 8 and March 18 in Hartington, and January 20 in Fordyce. If you have your Nebraska Department of Agriculture letter please bring it with you to the training along with a photo identification, and $50 training fee. This letter will have a barcode that is needed for recertification. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can participate in an online or self-study training. Read more for more information and options for private pesticide certification/recertification trainings.
Cedar County will hold a Confronting Cropping Challenges meeting on Tuesday, December 14, at the City Auditorium in Randolph from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, with registration starting at 12:30. The Confronting Cropping Challenges meetings give you an opportunity to learn from the challenges you might have faced this past growing season or will face next growing season by going more in-depth. Topics that will be focused on this year are dealing with herbicide shortages in 2022, learning from the fall armyworm feeding of 2021, and tar spot a new disease of corn confirmed in Nebraska in 2021. In addition, you can also stay for the last session and re-certify your private pesticide applicator license. We will only offer recertification, not initial pesticide licenses at this training.

By Mitiku Mamo, Extension Educator, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, and Wayne Counties

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, there is a concern that Dairy Farmers may not be able to ship milk to processors. Consequently, in the event they find themselves in this situation, some local farmers have been making inquiries on agronomic rate of land applying milk as a fertilizer. Milk is an organic and the same principals used to manage manure can be used to manage milk when land applying it.