We continue to receive questions on management with the unprecedented number of fall armyworms experienced in Nebraska this fall. The following is a Q/A to address the specific questions we’ve received.
Fall armyworm caterpillars do most of their feeding in the last stage. If you are not watching fields on a regular basis, you may not notice damage or armyworms until they are large and doing significant damage.
For businesses on main street, regular meetings are a normal part of company culture. Farms and ranches are businesses, and many could benefit from regularly held meetings, especially when multiple family members, multiple generations or employees are involved.
For the week ending Sept. 12, 2021, corn maturity was 35%, ahead of the 29% average. Soybeans dropping leaves was 47%, ahead of the 37% average, harvested was 1%. Sorghum maturity was 27%, ahead of the 18% average, harvested was 2%.
Based on Sept. 1 conditions, Nebraska's corn crop is forecast at a record 1.80 billion bushels, soybean is forecast at 327 million bushels, sorghum at 22.3 million bushels and sugarbeet at 1.3 million tons.
Soybean gall midge (SGM) injury and pressure varied considerably across its geographic range, with the largest concentration of injured soybean fields occurring in east-central Nebraska this season. To date, a total of 140 Midwestern counties have been identified as infested with SGM.
Many warm-season cover crop species are available and can be used for different purposes in fallow fields, such as improving soil health, breaking up soil compaction, providing forage and supporting beneficial insects.