Gary Stone - Extension Educator

Loren Giesler

(student, faculty)
Work
4502 Ave I Scottsbluff NE 69361-4939
US
Area of Responsibility: UNL Panhandle Research & Extension District
Program Responsibilities: Water management (crops and urban), horticultural topics, and some cropping systems
Nebraska Extension Teams: Resistant and Invasive Pests and Efficient Water Use

Crop Reports

Dalmation Toadflax
Photo 1. Dalmatian toadflax. (Photos by Gary Stone)

Dalmation Toadflax: Prevention Key to Management June 13, 2018

Dalmatian toadflax is a perennial herb that spreads quickly in disturbed pastures and rangelands. Prevention is the best and cheapest management option; once established, mechanical, biological and chemical measures may help achieve control.

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Common mullein
Figure 1. Stand of common mullein. (All photos by Gary Stone)

Common Mullein, an Invasive Weed on Nebraska’s Horizon June 4, 2018

Common mullein is an invasive weed threatening western Nebraska land use. Here's what you need to know to be on your guard as prevention and early control are the best and the cheapest management options.

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Property damage to a farmstead near Bridgeport

High-Wind Damage From Thursday Night Storm May 11, 2018

In Thursday night's thunderstorm in western Nebraska center pivots were flipped over, power poles were snapped off, and trees were uprooted with gusts of 60 mph. See Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone's photo report.

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Pathfinder Dam
Figure 1. Pathfinder dam and reservoir on the North Platte River in central Wyoming. One of three major reservoirs for irrigation water storage and flood control for agricultural operations along the North Platte River in eastern Wyoming and the Panhandle of Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

North Platte River Surface Irrigation Projects and Power Generation May 8, 2018

Irrigation is needed in much of the Nebraska Panhandle to produce good crop yields.  Growers along the North Platte River valley rely on surface irrigation water from reservoirs in Wyoming to supply this water. 

A brief history of the North Platte River dams and reservoirs

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Snowpack that feed North Platte River water system
Figure 1. Snowpack on the Snowy Mountain Range that feeds the North Plate River system (archive photo). The US Bureau of Reclamation monitors snowpack to estimate the amount of water in the North Platte Basin likely to be available this growing season. (Photo by Gary Stone)

North Platte River Water System Update April 13, 2018

North Platte River water operations and deliveries are expected to be normal for 2018, with no allocations expected, and an expected demand of 1.1 million acre-feet.

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Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)

Sulphur Cinquefoil — An Invasive Species in Nebraska March 16, 2018

Sulphur cinquefoil is a perennial forb and aggressive invasive species that establishes quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites. Prevention and, if necessary, timely identification and management are the best routes to containing this invader.

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Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017.
Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Harvest Progress in the Panhandle October 31, 2017

Corn harvest in the Panhandle has been progressing for several weeks now. Yields have been 80-100 bushels per acre on dryland and 160–220 bushels per acre irrigated. Dry bean harvest is almost done, but regular sugar beet harvest has slowed due to the wide fluctuation in temperatures.

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Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Update from the Panhandle October 19, 2017

Recent dry weather opened up dry bean harvest, but slowed sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle. Dry bean harvest should be 80%-90% complete by the end of the week.

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