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Check out the Nemaha County Agricultural Resources webpage for more information.  Besides newsletters & articles written by Nemaha County Extension Educator, Gary Lesoing, you can find farmer's tax information, Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights, Nebraska trends in farmland values, rental rates and custom rates.  You can also find information on pesticide certification, seed guides, grain storage management and more.

In previous articles I have mentioned the importance of weed control for several different species here in southeast Nebraska. One weed I didn’t mention was a noxious weed in Nebraska, “ Leafy Spurge”. This has been a longtime noxious weed in Nebraska, but we generally have a problem with it in more of the range or pasture land areas of Nebraska. It isn’t an issue in cropland here in southeast Nebraska. Unfortunately somehow it seems to show up here in pastures or along roadsides.
If you are using cover crops as part of your cropping system and/or a crop/livestock system, it is important to know the effect of herbicides on different cover crops for termination and for seeding at a future date. In the 2021 Nebraska Extension “Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska”, (EC130) there is an all-new section on cover crops (pp. 16-23).
With the high cost of soybean seed, the cost of seed is a significant input for soybean farmers. While seeding rates for corn have been increasing, what about soybeans? In previous articles, we have reported local observations on area farms in southeast Nebraska and on-farm research in Nebraska have indicated lower soybean planting populations may be comparable in yield to higher planting populations that have been used for several years.
This year Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County will be in its sixth year in southeast Nebraska with a pheromone trapping network to monitor black cutworm, variegated cutworm and true armyworm moths in southeast Nebraska. This is a local network of traps in southeast Nebraska during the 2021 planting season.
With warm weather scheduled to arrive soon and fields drying out, farmers will be getting full swing into spring field work; especially fertilizer and pesticide application and planting corn and soybeans. It is important for safety to be an important focus for farmers and others in our rural communities during this busy time of the year. With farmers working to complete field operations so crops can be planted in a timely manner, risk of farm accidents can increase.