Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University are pursuing an elusive goal: measuring rates of sap flow in corn in real-time, actual fields, and changing weather conditions. Their data on corn water use could lead to improved drought resistance.
Uncertainty about national grain production as well as local yields has put farmers in a tough place. Should they sell growing crop now, or wait? This articles looks at two examples as well as what to consider with a hedging strategy.
On this week's Market Journal, producer Bill Dodd covers the devastating damage to a major irrigation canal in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. Other topics include the grain markets, market facilitation payments, and the forecast.
The August 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The condition was attributed to short-term precipitation deficits.
Seven teams from across Nebraska participated in the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth, testing their skills scouting corn and soybean. The top two teams will represent Nebraska at the regional competition in Iowa in August.