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An on-line webinar is scheduled for Friday October, 9th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. An on-line webinar is scheduled for Friday October, 9th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT. The seminar will focus on landowners’ considerations related to leasing land for utility scale solar development. Farmers, landowners, and their families have much to consider when considering long term land leases. This webinar will give an overview of solar development and touch on major issues to consider when negotiating a solar lease agreement.

So have you seen that purple topped grass growing in the ditches, in pastures, along fields and in waterways recently?  This grass is called just what it looks like, “Purpletop”.  Another name for this grass is greasegrass.  This year I have just seen some of it showing up in pastures and along roads.  When we had the drought in 2012, it didn’t show up much.  If you are concerned about it being a problem weedy grass, it shouldn’t be a problem.  It has shown up this time of year the past few years, especially when we get some good rains during the summer.  

Late summer, fall and harvest are good times to check out where you may have a problem with specific weeds or where a new weed is invading or possibly even herbicide resistance is developing.  By identifying the weed, extent of any infestations and locations of weed problems, you will have a better strategy for managing these weeds in the future, maybe even this fall.  Marestail or maybe more specifically, glyphosate resistant marestail has become a major problem in Nebraska.  In traveling around southeast Nebraska, marestail control and weed control in general appears to be much better overall this summer compared to previous years.

With abundant rainfall in most of the corner of southeast Nebraska the past 2-3 weeks, conditions have been favorable for disease development in corn and soybeans. Both corn and soybeans look excellent in the area, due to the excellent rainfall we have received and good growing conditions. The only problem is; these conditions with high rainfall and high humidity can lead to disease if it is present. While much has been said about gray leaf spot, and many acres have already been sprayed for this disease, southern rust is spreading and has been confirmed in 45 counties in Nebraska.

A survey of agricultural custom operators is conducted in Nebraska every two years. A total of 217 survey responses were received in 2020 with information reflecting the current rates charged by custom operators for machine hire services and other work they provide for neighboring farms and ranches or as part of a business enterprise that covers a broader area. Survey participants identified by Nebraska Extension personnel, or in some cases, self-identified custom operators, received a paper survey or a link to the custom rates survey online. 

Traditional in-person programs and meetings have been limited in 2020 amid the pandemic. With the need for new programming and communication strategies, Nebraska Extension Educators, led by Megan Taylor and Aaron Nygren, launched N Field Observations - short videos from members of Nebraska Extension sharing their observations and management recommendations real time from the field via Twitter using the hashtag #NField. Now, we are expanding the N Field Observations and introducing “N Field Chat” sessions starting this Tuesday August 18 at 7 pm.

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