The growth stage of corn during WBC flight is critical as moths prefer to lay their eggs on corn plants between the late whorl to early tassel stage. Survival of young WBC larvae is highest if they can feed on newly emerged tassel prior to moving into the ears.
Research conducted by the University of Nebraska and elsewhere shows that corn is relatively drought tolerant during the vegetative period, but very sensitive to water stress during silking through early grain fill.
Temporary repairs to the tunnels have been made resulting in restoring flow, but at reduced levels. The Gering/ Ft. Laramie Irrigation District is planning for their irrigators to receive only 75 percent of their normal allotment.
Nebraska, utilizing federal COVID-19 relief funding, has established a program to help businesses, including ranching, impacted by the pandemic. The Department of Economic Development expects to award grants of $12,000 to eligible businesses, for a total of approximately $330 million.
This week, Fernanda Krupek discusses using aerial imagery to assess cover crop biomass, Ben Beckman talks about pasture fertility and Jerry Volesky shares thoughts on the impact of bale twine and net wrap on animal health.
Corn is progressing well with 81% rated good or excellent, down slightly from last week. Soybeans are 94% emerged and rated 78% good or excellent, also down slightly from last week. Winter Wheat heading is 85%, which is slightly behind the five-year average. Sorghum is 97% planted and starting to head.