While planting cover crops after harvest with a drill or planter may be the most convenient, there are several other planting methods that can increase cover crop success as measured by biomass production.
The middle to end of September is a good time to establish cover crops by broadcasting seeds into corn or soybean before harvest, which allows the crop to capture more sunshine, growing degree days and rainfall.
Nebraska Extension educators review forage considerations for growers faced with droughty soybeans, tips on measuring stands and assessing alfalfa field health, and thresholds where grasshopper control may be warranted.
A warmer and drier pattern is favored to continue for most of the first half of September — temperatures are anticipated to be in the 80s and mid-90s until Sept. 12, when cooler weather may move into Nebraska.
Farm and ranch management experts discuss utilizing enterprise budgeting to establish costs of production and explore how to use this information in a good risk management culture to effectively manage risk.
Factors such as the amount of water a soil can hold, the amount of water a crop will use until it reaches maturity, and the maximum allowable soil water depletion should be considered when deciding the last few irrigations of the season.
Show attendees will get the chance to test their crop production management skills during the interactive competitions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day of the show, with a special session for FFA chapter teams.