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It was an extremely challenging year for nitrogen management in 2019 in southeast Nebraska. There were several fields in southeast Nebraska that lost nitrogen through denitrification, nitrogen volatilization, nitrogen runoff or leaching. Many of these fields were nitrogen deficient by the end of the season if supplemental nitrogen was not applied to fields during the growing season.

The Landlord/Tenant Cash Rent Workshop, that had been scheduled for March 18 and then cancelled, had been previously recorded and broken into sections.  If interested, you can access those recordings on the Managing Agricultural Lan

If you were not able to soil sample fields for nutrients last fall following harvest; it’s not too late to sample fields this spring, especially if you have some you are unsure of their nutrient status. It is important to know what your next crop needs and apply fertilizers accordingly. In 2019 there were a number of fields in southeast Nebraska that showed signs of nitrogen deficiencies, with potential for other nutrient deficiencies or imbalances.

With the weather improving and fields drying up, you may want to consider getting your fields sampled for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) this spring if you have never sampled them or if it has been a while; especially if yields maybe lower than expected or if you have areas in fields that have spots that yielded poorly.  These could be hot spots for SCN. It would be good to definitely sample these areas of the field. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a disease that lives in the soil also showed up in some fields this past year. There is a very close relationship between SDS and SCN.

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.

The 2019 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Beatrice.  The conference was recorded and videos are available at: 2019 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference.