Robert Klein - Western Nebraska Crops Specialist

Robert Klein

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Work
WCREC 402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
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Work 308-696-6705 On-campus 7-6705

Faculty Bio

Wheat seeding date map

How Winter Wheat Seeding Date Can Have a Major Effect on Yields September 1, 2017

The recommended seeding dates for Nebraska's winter wheat vary substantially from one end of the state to the other — from September 1 in the extreme northwest to October 1 in the southeast tip — and have been proven and verified through years of research and farmer experience.

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Wheat

Recap of 2017 Western Nebraska Wheat Crop and Implications for 2018 August 31, 2017

Some growers in western Nebraska had their best winter wheat yields ever in 2017 while others had some of their lowest yields. Moisture availability and disease were among the factors. See breakdowns by area.

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Figure 1.  At UNL’s Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Brule, studies are underway comparing winter wheat seeded at the optimal date (left) and wheat seeded late. (Photo by Bob Klein)
Figure 1. At UNL’s Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Brule, studies are underway comparing winter wheat seeded at the optimal date (left) and a later date. (Photo by Bob Klein)

Wheat Seeding Delay? Here’s How to Compensate August 30, 2017

Even when you plan to seed winter wheat at the optimum time, there is always the chance that weather, equipment breakdown, or other problems may prevent it. To avoid the risk, many growers seed early, knowing that if they're delayed a little, it will still be near the optimum time. Planting early, however, is usually a bad practice that can lead to lower yields.

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Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant
Now in its third year of wheat research and variety trials, the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant conducts research for rainfed production in western Nebraska.

Wheat Update from the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center August 29, 2017

Now in its third year of wheat research and variety trials, the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant conducts research on rainfed production in western Nebraska. While the 2017 trial was badly damaged by hail, this recap looks at yield trends from all three years.

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Figure 1. Dicamba injury to 40 acres of soybean near Geneva due to volatility/temperature inversion. (Photo by Amit Jhala)

Tell Us about Your Dicamba Use and Suspected Injury in Soybean August 18, 2017

Nebraska Extension educators and specialists would like to hear from growers and agribusiness about their experiences with dicamba this season. Information can be shared via an online survey or by contacting them directly with the email provided.

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drought stressed corn

Estimating the Full Value of Crop Residue August 11, 2017

If you're considering cutting drought-stressed corn or sorghum for silage, you might want to take a second look at its nutrient value to the next crop if left in the field.

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Corn stubble with little residue
Figure 1. After the corn was cut for silage, little plant material remained in this southwest Nebraska field to protect the soil from wind or water erosion or to capture snow moisture. The corn had been planted in a field with little wheat residue.

Should You Hay or Cut Silage from Drought-Damaged Corn Fields July 28, 2017

Drought conditions across much of Nebraska will limit grain yields in dryland corn this year, leading growers to look at other options for harvesting value from these fields. In some cases, harvesting this plant material may contribute to nutrient and water removal from the soil and may not be the best solution for your rotation or cropping system.

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Figure 1.  Red Willow County winter wheat variety plot.

Post-Harvest Weed Control in Winter Wheat July 14, 2017

A strategy combining well-timed herbicide applications, split treatments, and effective cultural practices is key to managing weeds in wheat to reduce soil moisture loss and the weed seed bank. This story addresses what to consider as well as particular weed challenges in wheat.

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