Karen DeBoer - Extension Educator

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Wheat Stem Sawfly Infestations Continue to Impact Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle

July 23, 2020
WSS damage in winter wheat was first noted in Nebraska in the early to mid-1990s in Banner County near the Wyoming border. It has continued to increase ever since and now is a very significant issue.

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https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/crop-progress-report-july-20
2019 Harlan County Wheat Plot Tour. Photo courtesy of Dawn Hetrick, Harlan County Extension Office.

Selecting Winter Wheat Varieties - Best for Your Cropping System

July 21, 2020
Variety selection is one of the most important decisions a winter wheat grower has to make. The right or wrong decision can enhance or negate all other factors in profitable wheat farming.

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Washington County Winter Wheat Variety Trial
The Washington County Winter Wheat Variety Trial will be harvested on July 19. (Photos by Nathan Mueller)

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (July 15-19)

July 17, 2019
From wheat harvest in the Panhandle to parched corn in east-central Nebraska, Extension Educators report on crop conditions in their area.

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Figure 1. Snow and freezing temperatures in the Nebraska Panhandle this week are likely to cause some leaf burn in wheat, but are not expected to cause extensive crop damage. (Photo by Cody Creech)

Assessing Freeze Injury to Winter Wheat

May 2, 2019
With freezing temperatures in the Panhandle May 1-2, wheat injury may have occurred. This guide addresses injury potential at various growth stages, factors contributing to injury, and why it's important to delay assessment for several days afterward.

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Nebraska map showing departure from normal precipitation in inches for the last 6 months (9/25/2018 through 3/24/2019, generated on 3/25/2019 at HPRCC)

Topdressing Winter Wheat with Fertilizer Nitrogen

March 26, 2019
Spring topdressing winter wheat with fertilizer N is an effective way to enhance winter wheat production and profitability. Check soil moisture and fertilizer and wheat prices to help determine N needs.

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Register Now for Annie’s Project Course

January 10, 2019
Through Annie’s Project courses farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators by networking and managing critical information. Registration is now underway for three-week courses beginning in late January in Beatrice and Sidney.

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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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Women in Agriculture Conference April 13 at Sidney

March 19, 2018
“Keep Life Simple” is the theme of a Women in Agriculture Conference, which will feature information and advice about simplicity and excellence, using weather monitoring tools in agriculture, making meals with a multi-cooker, forage production, youth loans, farming with disabilities, and more.

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