Gary Stone - Extension Educator

Loren Giesler 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

Scotch thistle

Watch for Invasive Plants After the Flood April 23, 2019

Flood waters likely moved weed seeds, possibly introducing invasive or particularly problematic weeds in new areas of the state. Management of many of these weed species is best achieved early season when several practices may be integrated to achieve control.

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Scotch thistle in a pasture

Invasive Scotch Thistle Weed has Staying Power April 11, 2019

Scotch thistle, which can now be found throughout much of North America, is an invasive weed from Eurasia threatening areas along rivers in western Nebraska. Early control efforts are essential to management.

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Marestail rosette (Photo by Gary Stone)
Photo 1. Marestail / horseweed pre-bolt stage. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Act Soon to Manage Invasive Marestail in Pastures March 27, 2019

A description of marestail's history as an invasive weed in pastures and its management. Herbicide applications for marestail in pastures and rangeland may be most effective if applied in very early spring from April through early May.

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Bureau of Reclamation Wyoming Area Office Snow Water Content graph for the Seminoe Reservoir

Rocky Mountain Snowmelt Runoff Above Average March 27, 2019

The preliminary outlook is for a high level of snowmelt runoff for the North Platte River this spring.

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Figure 1. Sugarbeet harvest near Scottsbluff, November 2018. (Photos by Gary Stone)

Sugar Beet Harvest Finishes Well November 27, 2018

It was a good sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle and now beets are being processed. Nebraska ranks fifth in the nation in sugar beet production

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Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service view sugarbeet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service observe sugarbeet harvest at a farm in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Foreign Ag Representatives View Nebraska Farms First-Hand September 27, 2018

A group of 27 foreign agriculture attachés from 23 countries recently visited several ag production sites in Nebraska, including a farm near Morrill where sugarbeet harvest was underway.

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Dry bean harvest in Scotts Bluff County Sept. 12, 2018 (Photo by Gary Stone)
Dry bean harvest underway in Scotts Bluff County Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Dry Edible Bean Harvest Underway in the Panhandle September 13, 2018

With limited precipitation and warm temperatures this week, dry beans turned quickly and harvest has started. Conditions should provide for good data collection from on-farm research of using direct harvesting methods.

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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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