N Field Observations for This Week
Each week Nebraska Extension professionals share their field observations on Twitter. You can find these reports by searching the hashtag #NField on Twitter or by checking back here.
#NField Reports - Jan. 22-Feb. 5
This week, Cropping Systems educator Melissa Bartels previews the upcoming 2021 Cover Crops and Soil Health Conference, and Extension educator Aaron Nygren offers tips on how to get prepared for chemigation training sessions beginning this month in Nebraska.
One WEEK till the Nebraska #covercrops and #soilhealth Conference join virtually or in-person Feb. 11 from 1 to 4:30 PM CST, For more information and to register visit https://t.co/MyUpIcSFHO @NESoybeanBoard @UNL_CropWatch @croptechcafe @glesoing2 @ColfaxCountyExt #nfield pic.twitter.com/lcPzzUfzMe— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) February 4, 2021
It's too cold for #NField out in the field today, so let's talk about 2021 #NebExt #chemigation training options!— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) January 22, 2021
▪️In-person training - Call your local extension office to register for dates/times in your area
▪️Online training - Go to https://t.co/6cfbK6rIOK @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/TV46gpxo9h
#NField Reports - Jan. 9 - Jan. 22, 2021
This week, Animal Manure Management Coordinator Leslie Johnson reviews details about the upcoming manure management sessions, and Range and Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky discusses the benefits of snow cover on alfalfa and irrigated grass seedings.
We head west on #Nfield to forage specialist Jerry Volesky. A little snow isn't always a bad thing!— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) January 16, 2021
For grass seedings and #alfalfa snow provides:
❄️Insulation against the cold
❄️Protection against desiccation
❄️Moisture (every bit counts!)@UNLBeef @UNL_CropWatch @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/9tlyNDimQm
Responsible #manure use is critical. In February, the @UNLamm team is hosting the following sessions:— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) January 14, 2021
▪️Minding Your Manure Manners
▪️Manure & Fertilizer: Complementary Roles
▪️Benefits & Barriers to Manure Use
Join them! #Nfield @UNL_CropWatch #NebExt pic.twitter.com/AmvNWrueTc
#NField Reports - Dec. 19, 2020- Jan. 20, 2021
This week, discussions focus on seed selection for managing disease in corn and soybeans, preparing a pasture drought plan, and best practices for planting and nitrogen application during a drought.
Check out this weeks part 3 of 3 #NField observation, seed selection can help you manage diseases in your #soybean fields next growing season. @UNL_CropWatch @tjcksn @ColfaxCountyExt #NebExt pic.twitter.com/fxoSbbhhPk— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) January 7, 2021
Check out this weeks part 2 of 3 #NField observation, seed selection can help you manage diseases in your #corn fields next growing season. @UNL_CropWatch @tjcksn @ColfaxCountyExt #NebExt pic.twitter.com/tSGTZaWLeL— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) January 7, 2021
Check out this weeks part 1 of 3 #NField observation, seed selection can help you manage diseases in your #corn and #soybean fields next growing season. @UNL_CropWatch @tjcksn @ColfaxCountyExt #NebExt pic.twitter.com/ySKM7NwiFp— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) January 7, 2021
Planning for the unknown is tricky business.— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) January 2, 2021
A #drought plan in your pasture lease is one way to plan ahead and be prepared before things get critical. Check it out on #Nfield!@UNLBeef @ForagesGuy @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/N1lOHnYY5x
Worried about #drought risk in 2021? Today's #NField w/ Chuck Burr shares a West Central Field Day talk by Dr. Arnall @OSU_NPK on timing sorghum & wheat N during drought. Full video at https://t.co/XPpy1vgVWM or the full agenda at https://t.co/IxdAJX0ftf @UNL_TAPS pic.twitter.com/JT3svlTGA0— Nebraska CropWatch (@UNL_CropWatch) December 22, 2020
#NField Reports - Dec. 5- Dec. 18, 2020
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.
#Nfield checks in with Jerry Volesky, Forage and Range specialist, as he shares his thoughts on the impact #bale twine and net wrap can have on animal health.— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) December 12, 2020
Guesses on how long twine will stay in a cow's gut?@UNLBeef @UNL_CropWatch @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/xTWbEIYKaH
It's never too early to begin planning for success next year. #Pasture fertility this time on #Nfield!— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) December 5, 2020
P: Bray/Mehlich >25 - Olsen >17
S: check in sandy soil@UNL_CropWatch @CropTalkMegan @UNLBeef @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/Z5w4go9DB6
#Nfield is back at it with part 2 of @FernandaKrupek using her research on aerial imagery to assess cover crop biomass, full article here (~4 min read) https://t.co/inWpKenmSq… @UNL_CropWatch @NebraskaNRCS @OnFarmResearch @andreabasche @AaronH42428716 pic.twitter.com/tfOcNbz2yQ— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) December 9, 2020
#NField Reports - Nov. 21 - Dec. 4, 2020
This week, Megan Taylor talks about pH and potassium recommendations for alfalfa, Jerry Volesky discusses prescribed burning for easter redcedar, and Frenanda Krupek looks at using aerial imagery to assess cover crop biomass.
#Nfield chats with @FernandaKrupek about her research using aerial imagery to assess cover crop biomass, more info here https://t.co/S2hrs7zckb @UNL_CropWatch @NebraskaNRCS @OnFarmResearch @andreabasche @AaronH42428716 pic.twitter.com/6QyvXAZ9Ed— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) December 2, 2020
#Nfield goes west today with Forage & Range Specialist Jerry Volesky! Talking prescribed burning for Eastern Red Cedar! You can learn more on December 8th by listening in on the @RxFireNebraska webinar, more info https://t.co/Zxui9kuMdO @UNL_CropWatch @HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/71qSY7XiGH— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) November 28, 2020
#NField Reports - Nov. 14 - 20, 2020
This week, Ben Beckman discusses how snow and ice impact crop residue forage and animal grazing, and Chuck Burr and Matt Stockton talk about hybrid return on investment.
With #harvest2020 almost in the books, thinking about #plant2021 is here! Today on #Nfield Chuck Burr talks with Dr. Matt Stockton on hybrid return on investment. The full recording can be found here https://t.co/payjsyak8d (~12 min) @UNL_CropWatch @UNL_TAPS pic.twitter.com/WpgL4OX2hC— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) November 20, 2020
Crop residues are great forage, but snow and ice can impact nutrition and how animals graze. #Nfield— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) November 14, 2020
Too much snow and ice limits grazing
Moisture leaches nutrients, energy first
Muddy fields = trampling and fouling@UNL_CropWatch @UNLBeef @ForagesGuy @CropTalkMegan pic.twitter.com/qGn6hgRISn
#NField Reports - Oct. 31 - Nov. 13, 2020
This week, Chuck Burr and Justin Bode talk about nitrogen and water use, Jerry Volesky discusses grass pasture renovation, Megan Taylor shares about soil sampling to improve alfalfa stands and Aaron Nygren shares what is next for #NField with the end of the growing season.
Is #nitrogen and #water use on your mind? #nfield talks with Chuck Burr and Justin Bode at the West Central Field Day. Check out Justin's full info here https://t.co/wCQKTY0i07 and other talks from the field day can be found at https://t.co/ewadb1xbBC @UNL_CropWatch @UNL_TAPS pic.twitter.com/owaQaOmSD1— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) November 13, 2020
#Nfield talks with Range and Forage Specialist Jerry Volesky on grass pasture renovation and tips to have a successful renovation. Sorry about the wind, it is Nebraska! @HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy #pasture via @CropTalkMegan pic.twitter.com/S9bm0oNDWd— Nebraska CropWatch (@UNL_CropWatch) November 7, 2020
The times they are a-changin... With the end of #grow2020, #Nfield observations is changing up the schedule. Look for one video during the work week and a weekend forage segment. Stay tuned for info about programs and #NebExt research results from across NE! @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/7tOLolQuvQ— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) November 6, 2020
Don't let ghosts of soil tests past haunt your alfalfa fields! #Nfield talks soil sampling this fall to improve yields/stands!— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 31, 2020
-pull samples at 8 in.
-40 acres or by soil type
-10-15 cores for a composite
-Use a plastic bucket!!@UNL_CropWatch @HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/hZsjOgwUDZ
#NField Reports - October 19-30, 2020
This week, Megan Taylor talks about storing pesticides with freezing temps and woody plant control, Aaron Nygren discusses applying anhydrous and winter annuals, Jerry Volesky cautions about nighshades, and Ben Beckman shares about corn stalk bales as a feed source.
Planning on applying anhydrous this fall? Fall #nitrogen application is today's #Nfield topic.— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) October 29, 2020
Follow the 4R's
Wait for soil temps below 50°F
Check NRD rules before applying
@4Rs_Nebraska @UNL_CropWatch @CropTalkMegan #NebExt pic.twitter.com/pYVS2Auq4L
Brrrrrr....with cold temps overnight and fall upon us #Nfield talks storing pesticides safely for freezing temps.— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 27, 2020
Check labels storage/disposal sections
Dry powders avoid condensation/moisture
For more info out: https://t.co/QTrtEhfikA @UNL_CropWatch @ColfaxCountyExt pic.twitter.com/5yQISX8DYg
#Nfield talks with Forage and Range Specialist, Jerry Volesky about nightshade! Remember to scout fields before grazing corn stalks for problematic weeds like nightshade! @UNL_CropWatch @HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/pfxh7wunoi— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 24, 2020
Are you starting to see more woody plants/brush/ new weeds? #Nfield talks woody plant control and #phragmites!— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 22, 2020
-Fall is a time to soil sample, mow, & plan
-Save the spraying for late spring summer!
-Contact your local weed authority at https://t.co/bZRQl4vDNr @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/ZPfzCMH1XB
Notice any winter annuals while combining? Even with the cold weather, there's still plenty of time for #fall spraying. #Nfield covers herbicide resources available in EC130 https://t.co/OxDY43cmuY @UNL_CropWatch #NebExt @CropTalkMegan pic.twitter.com/HOP3mprDO2— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) October 20, 2020
Dry Conditions = Hay Shortages— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) October 17, 2020
Corn stalk bales can be a great alternative, but do you know the costs they cause and true value as a feedsource? Check it out on #Nfield! #harvest20 #cornresidue @UNL_CropWatch @UNLBeef @CropTalkMegan @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/lXY7CQ1tqt
#NField Reports - October 12-16, 2020
This week, Melissa Bartels talks about stalk rot disease and fire safety during harvest, Sarah Sivits discusses stalk quality and prioritizing fields for harvest, and Megan Taylor looks at thistle control in your pastures.
Stalk rot diseases can take hold from #corn being stressed, leading to potential lodging issues during #harvest. Check out this #Nfield observation for common stalk rots! #crops_Dr.B #NebExt @UNL_CropWatch @centralNE_crops @tjcksn @CropTalkMegan @ColfaxCountyExt pic.twitter.com/X6X3pJEif5— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) October 13, 2020
#Harvest can be dangerous, don't play with fire! Check out this #Nfield observation for some important fire safety tips during harvest! #Crops_Dr.B #NebExt @UNL_CropWatch @CropTalkMegan @ColfaxCountyExt @tjcksn pic.twitter.com/jEHR6RaX56— Melissa Bartels (@Crops_MelissaB) October 15, 2020
#Corn got you down? As harvest progress across #Nebraska, check stalk quality to prioritize which fields need to be harvested sooner rather than later. Check out this #Nfield observation for more info! @UNL_CropWatch #NebExt @Crops_MelissaB @tjcksn pic.twitter.com/Fs3M8SVHYY— Sarah Sivits (@centralNE_crops) October 13, 2020
#Nfield looks at thistle control, don't let thistles haunt your pastures this fall. Make sure to read and follow all label directions; some products have changed names as well! https://t.co/kNeQLKlTYN @UNL_CropWatch@HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy @Pasture_Forage pic.twitter.com/TQO6qzPkJz— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 10, 2020
#NField Reports - October 5-9, 2020
This week, Megan Taylor talks about sampling for SCN in your soybean fields and October alfalfa cutting, and Jerry Volesky discusses controlling yucca (soapweed) in pastures this fall.
#Nfield talks SCN sampling! If you had some soybean fields not yield what was expected, pull some samples and check for #SCN.— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 8, 2020
Pull 15-20 soil cores to represent 10-20 ac
Fill in info!
Send them to @UNLPlantClinic
Thank you to the @NESoybeanBoard @UNL_CropWatch @tjcksn pic.twitter.com/r476d8oGxj
#Nfield talking October #alfalfa cutting, fields that could be considered:— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) October 6, 2020
stands 3 years or younger
stands cut 3 times or w/ more than 30 days between each cutting
varieties w/ disease tolerance and winter hardinesshttps://t.co/DXZSnxm0o7@UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/WDVhtn260n
#Nfield goes west today with Jerry Volesky! Talking yucca (soapweed) control in pastures this fall!— Nebraska CropWatch (@UNL_CropWatch) October 3, 2020
-Spot control w/ herbicides can work for a few plants
-High yucca populations can be reduced with winter grazing
@HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy @Pasture_Forage via @CropTalkMegan pic.twitter.com/rntQbTfe6q
#NField Reports - September 28-October 2, 2020
This week, Ben Beckman talks about fall forage growth and prussic acid concerns in sorghum with the cold temps, Amy Timmerman discusses scouting soybeans before harvest for week pressure, and Kat Caswell looks at wheat planting depth.
Cold temperatures tonight for Nebraska! #Sorghum species (milo stover too) are a risk for #prussic_acid. #Nfield @UNL_CropWatch— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) October 1, 2020
Pull animals tonight.
Wait 5-7 days from the last frost before grazing again.
New shoots are also a danger, pull animals if present. pic.twitter.com/AWUrzv05Vd
#Nfield with @AmyTimmerman2 scouting soybeans before harvest for weed pressure!— Nebraska CropWatch (@UNL_CropWatch) September 30, 2020
Scout the species you have in your fields
Mark and document areas in your fields that are problematic
Check out more at #nebext #harvest2020 via @CropTalkMegan pic.twitter.com/aQEC7oCGho
Fall cool season growth is quality #forage or an opportunity for control!— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) September 26, 2020
Vegetative=high quality! Just keep in mind impact on next spring.
Purposefully stressing plants with targeted grazing can help native warm seasons. @UNL_CropWatch @UNLBeef @CropTalkMegan @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/UOJB6u0a4x
#NField Reports - September 21-25, 2020
This week, Brad Schick talks about fall grazing cool season pastures, Wayne Ohnesorg discusses insect management in your bins and John Thomas takes a look at sugar beet harvest in northwest Nebraska.
#Nfield goes west today with John Thomas to look at sugar beet harvest in Northwest NE! Hopefully everyone can stay "up-beet" as we continue harvest across the state! #nebext @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/hzSk7CAqfd— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) September 24, 2020
#Nfield looks at stored grains and insects! Check out @UNLEntomology's own Wayne Ohnesorg as he talks through insect management in your bins this fall!— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) September 22, 2020
Sanitation is key
Check around bin for entry point
More info here https://t.co/xeOkuQO1RO@ColfaxCountyExt @UNL_CropWatch pic.twitter.com/WBcDP3oWVs
Fall #grazing cool season #pastures needs to be done well this year and every year.— Brad Schick (@ForagesGuy) September 19, 2020
roots in the fall = stands in the spring.
Pastures shouldn't look like #ForageFocus on #Nfield! @UNL_CropWatch @UNLBeef @CropTalkMegan @HuskerHerdsman pic.twitter.com/WW8fc7y0tO
#NField Reports - September 7-18, 2020
This week, Megan Taylor talks harvest aids for soybeans and alfalfa regrowth, Aaron Nygren discusses evaluating your nitrogen program, and Amy Timmerman takes a look at vivipary occurring in corn.
#Nfield talks harvest aids for #soybeans, check out @UNL_CropWatch for more info!— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) September 17, 2020
Right Field-Fields with weeds that add moisture
Right Product-Check out pg. 140 for info https://t.co/cSIIovRcab
Right Timing-Check PHI and maturity before applying#nebext @ColfaxCountyExt pic.twitter.com/tyKPHKXUoY
Wondering how your nitrogen program worked? In today's #NField Observation we look at the #corn stalk nitrate test.— Aaron Nygren (@ColfaxCountyExt) September 15, 2020
Sample 1-3 weeks after black layer
8" sample of stalk
15 stalks per test
Best used over multiple years to evaluate N program@UNL_CropWatch #NebExt pic.twitter.com/9uYqVoLlM3
#NField looks at alfalfa regrowth after last cutting— Megan Taylor (@CropTalkMegan) September 12, 2020
Regrowth for 6 weeks to limit risk in winter
Do not harvest after a soft frost (30-32°F)of stored reserves
Need forage, wait for a killing frost (24-29°F) @UNL_CropWatch @HuskerHerdsman @ForagesGuy @Pasture_Forage pic.twitter.com/37JZ93RJCf