#NField Observations for May 2021
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 - May 15-May 21, 2021
This week, Extension Educator Sarah Sivits addresses concerns about spots on emerging corn this spring.
#NField Reports - May 8-May 14, 2021
This week, Extension Educator Jerry Volesky chats about the best timing and herbicide products to control thistles.
Keeping thistles under control is a constant chore, but if you want to utilize herbicides, now is the time to act! Jerry Volesky shares on #Nfield!— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) May 8, 2021
Rosettes are ideal for herbicide control
Choose the herbicide that fits
Waiting = shovel@UNLBeef @UNL_CropWatch @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/s3ml7W0h6f
#NField Reports - May 1-May 7, 2021
This week, Extension Educator Ben Beckman describes his favorite method for testing the firmness of seedbeds prior to planting grass or alfalfa.
Small seeded crops like grass and #alfalfa need a firm seedbed to grow. Make sure your field is ready for this year's planting! #Nfield— Ben Beckman (@HuskerHerdsman) May 1, 2021
Test firmness by footprint or the bounce test
Soil can be up to 50% air if unpacked@UNLBeef @UNL_CropWatch @ForagesGuy pic.twitter.com/CuonzgD9pE
Field Reports - May 2021
Southeast Nebraska Crop Report: May 13, 2021
In my report last week, I believe I greatly underestimated the amount of corn planted in the region. It is probably 90% completed now and soybeans are probably 70% completed. With today's equipment, it doesn't take long to plant several acres. The region received some rain last weekend, which was quite variable. There is a lot of corn that has emerged and some soybeans. Conditions have not been too bad for applying herbicides. Wheat is starting to head and cereal rye is heading, as well. Some farmers plant green into the cereal rye, some livestock producers have put up the cereal rye for silage in the area. There have been reports of alfalfa weevil and some farmers have sprayed insecticides on alfalfa fields. A rain would be welcome in some areas for sure.
Field Reports - May 2021
Southeast Nebraska Crop Report: May 7, 2021
Since my last report there has been significant progress planting of corn and soybeans in the southeast corner of the state. Dry conditions the last week provided the opportunity for farmers to get crops planted. Light rain showers over Sunday night slowed planting for a short time, but farmers are back in the field. Early planted corn is starting to emerge. I would believe at least 50-60% of corn is planted and maybe 30% or more of soybeans. Cold temperatures below freezing this week, but don't believe it is not cold enough to damage wheat. Cool temperatures are slowing the development of wheat and growth of alfalfa. Limited activity for the black cutworm and Army worm moth traps in the area, but more variegated cutworm activity. Not a lot to get concerned about at most sites. A good soaking rain would be beneficial.