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
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.
Dry bean harvest in the Panhandle is going slow this season. In most years, dry bean harvest is completed by the end of September; however, this year precipitation events over the last several weeks have slowed harvest and have now brought it to a standstill.
North Platte River water operations and deliveries are expected to be normal for the 2017 growing season with an expected demand of 1.1 million acre-feet, according to a US Bureau of Reclamation forecast presented at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff April 19.
Ventenata is an invasive grass in Wyoming that is slowly spreading east. If it does migrate to Nebraska, early detection and rapid response will be essential in controlling its establishment. If it were to become established in the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could devastate the ecology and range production.
Growers are encourage to watch for Medusahead, an invasive weed species that is now in Wyoming and moving eastward. If it reaches the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could cause devastating damage to the ecology and range production. The concept of early detection and rapid response, as described here, will be important to its containment.