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Cropping & Water Systems

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to go to Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension, and Education Center (ENREEC) near Mead to plant soybeans for the TAPS competition. Many of you may not know what TAPS is. TAPS stands for Testing Agricultural Performance Solutions. It is a unique farm management competition that was created in 2017 by a team of researchers, extension specialists, and educators at UNL’s West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center.

The Nemaha County Ag Line Newsletter is written by Nemaha County Extension Educator, Ritika Lamichhane.  Her program area is Water & Cropping Systems.

With recent rainfall events across Nebraska, producers must remain vigilant against wheat diseases. Last week, extension plant pathologist Stephen Wegulo and I scouted some fields in Johnson and Pawnee Counties where we observed diseases such as stripe rust and fungal leaf spot in wheat.

As the planting season approaches, producers are gearing up to apply pesticides. However, before starting your pesticide application there are two important things to keep in mind: pesticide efficacy and spray drift management.

As temperatures begin to warm up, I notice many fields covered with purple henbit flowers in Southeast Nebraska. Henbit is one of the most common winter annual weeds in the region, along with weeds like downy brome, field pennycress, marestail, tansy mustard, and prickly lettuce.

In the past year, Nebraska Extension has hired seven Water & Cropping Systems Extension Educators across the state. One of the most impactful roles for a Water & Cropping Systems Educator is to work with growers in their areas to conduct on-farm research. As a result of these new hires, there are great opportunities for farmers to engage with new Educators and grow the on-farm research base in many areas across the state where Educator positions have been vacant for several years.