Compared to previous forecasts, there is a higher probability of below-average yields for both irrigated and rainfed corn, especially in the western fringe in the region. Overall, the regional average yield is expected to be below the historical averages.
The second annual expo will feature extension insights on a wide array of alfalfa and winter wheat concerns — variety recommendations, underseeding red clover, cost-share programs, and research on pest, disease and irrigation management.
The current forecast holds a slightly cooler trend for Nebraska in August, with temperatures ranging from the 70s to low 90s through the end of the month and widespread precipitation anticipated Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 24-26.
Sustained heat in the high 90s and 100s combined with below-normal precipitation throughout July led to increased drought stress across Nebraska, with severe implications for pasture and sorghum conditions heading into August.
Reports of white mold are being received from fields in Polk and Seward counties — while it is too late to manage infection this year, Nebraska producers have options for limiting white mold in next year's soybean crop.