Jan. 20, 2015

UNL CropWatch Jan. 20, 2015

Jan. 20-30, 2015

Farm Management

Corn Production

Soybean Production

  • Researchers Show Climate Change is Suppressing Soybean Yields. UNL's Jim Specht, emeritus professor of agronomy, was among a team of researchers who tracked monthly rainfall and temperature changes from 1994 to 2003 and found that soybean yields declined by about 4.3% for every degree Fahrenheit rise in average growing season temperatures. Some states gain, some lose yields due to the changes.New story

Pesticide Management

  • DriftWatch Updated, Improved to offer expanded services to applicators and producers wanting to identify fields where commercial specialty or pesticide-sensitive crops are grown.

Extension Programs

Weather

Market Journal

  • View segments on corn rootworm management, range and pasture management, cattle market analysis, genetically engineered animals, and the forecast for the coming week.

UNL_CropWatch on YouTube

Check out UNL_CropWatch on YouTube for 40 videos on using new technologies, identifying and managing crop diseases, conducting on-farm research, and topics in ag climatology. New this week, Nebraska Extension Soil Fertility Specialist Charles Wortmann discusses:

Crop Reports

  • USDA Reports Confirm Big Corn and Soybean Harvests. The 2014 corn harvest came in at 1.6 billion bushels, down 1% from 2013,  and the soybean harvest came in at 289 million bushels, up 13% from 2013. See numbers for sorghum, alfalfa, proso millet, sunflower, sugarbeet and dry edible bean.
  • Nebraska Grain & Hay Stocks Up From 2013. Corn up 3%; soybeans up 27%; wheat up 23%; and sorghum up 36%. Nebraska grain storage capacity at 2.08 billion bushels, up 41.8 million bushels since Dec. 1, 2013.