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2017 UNL Fall Seed Guide available:

    The 2017 Fall Seed Guide is now available to our Nebraska farm producers.  This guide provides the latest wheat varieties information summary and possible sources for fall seeded crops like wheat, winter barley and triticale.  This data and other information this guide is based on can also be found at the University of Nebraska Variety Testing web site:  Additional wheat variety information may be found at the wheat variety virtual tour web site:      <The 2017 Fall Seed Guide is available to you in a .pdf format    2.73 MB>.


Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office

June left Nebraska in the warm and dry category.  The average monthly temperature was 2.1 degrees above average at 70.7 degrees F.  This ranks in the top 25 percent of warmest temperatures for June.   Read more in the Current edition of Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.

Fall Crops Nearing Maturity   -  Todd Whitney

      Our 2017 crops growth season has pegged near record spring and late summer cool temperatures; and producers are asking, "Is this good or bad for our crop growth?"  

     Obviously, the severely hailed fields and patures near Eustis and Bertrand incurred large crop losses, and record destructive insect outbreaks like western bean cutworm and western corn rootworm caused economic havoc this summer.  However, delated drop development due to cooler temperatures is generally a "good" thing, since it usually increases crop yeilds along with lowering irrigation variable costs.      Read More

Improving Soil Infiltration   -  Todd Whitney

      Soil infiltration rates quantify the ability of fields to move water into and through the soil profiles. These infiltration rate measurements identify how fast water enters the soil usually recorded in inches per hour. In-field infiltration assessment may be expressed as minutes needed for a soil to absorb each inch of water applied to the surface then converted to inches per hour.

     Many factors influence soil infiltration rates. First, the time from the onset of rainfall or irrigation application impacts soil absorption.    Read More

Bewildered by Bagworms?      -   Elizabeth Killinger, Horticulture Specialist

     The Gosper County Extension Office has recently inspected a wonderful cedar tree windbreak that was showing signs of damage.  Further investigation and state specialist inspection of the branches showed the claim was showing signs of bagworm infestation.  This timely topic by Elizabeth Killinger may help other farm families with this problem.

   Webworms & bagworms... are they the same thing?  If not, why does it make a difference whether you have bagworms or webworms?  It can make a big difference which insect you have to control and the damage that they cause.  Correct identification is key to knowing how to control these pests.

  Fall webworms or tent caterpillars are an occasional pest.  They are sometimes called 'bagworms,' but using the correct common name will help clear up confusion.  They appear as white webbed nests on the ends of branches.  They hide in their webbed nest during the day and feed on the trees at night.  Bagworms are a diifferent story.  They feed on a variety of trees & shrubs but prefer evergreens.  The reason they are called bagworms is because they spin their own bag around them for protection.  As the bagworm grows, so does the bag that contains them.    Read More