Cropping & Water Systems


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Cropping & Water Systems

We were fortunate to receive a fairly general rain in southeast Nebraska this past weekend and several areas also received good rains a few days earlier. With very hot and dry conditions in May, there is concern about drought in 2018. We have a long summer ahead and it is difficult to determine what’s ahead.

This year there are a number of different insects showing up in the area, and I am sure by the end of the summer we can expect many more.  Last year we had the Painted Lady Butterfly. A few years ago we had the Silver Spotted Skipper butterfly and larvae that caused some damage to soybean fields.

With spring officially starting, fieldwork will be going full force soon.  There has been significant fieldwork completed under good field conditions the last couple of weeks.  As we begin the spring planting season, safety needs to be an important focus for farmers and others in our rural communities during this busy time of the year.

A new online tool from Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing.

After creating an account, farmers can list available cropland by drawing their plot on an interactive map and entering information on the type of residue, fencing, water availability and dates available.