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October Alfalfa Harvest Considerations

September 30, 2020
With droughty conditions across the state and late season moisture regenerating stands of alfalfa, is there still an opportunity to take October alfalfa cuttings? And which stands could handle a late season cut?

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Fall Thistle Control in Pastures

September 30, 2020
Fall, specifically October and early November, is a key time to chemically control thistles in pastures, both biennial and perennial thistles. Proper identification of thistles is key to picking the proper chemical control.

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Sorghum-sudan cover crop plant damaged by a light frost last week.

Forage Hazards Following a Freeze Event

September 30, 2020
Freezing temperatures cause metabolic and cellular changes to our forage crops, specifically prussic acid formation and nitrate poisoning are the biggest concerns. Learn more about these issues and how to avoid them.

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Drooping Corn Ears Across Nebraska

September 3, 2020
Across Nebraska, our crops continue to mature as we rapidly move towards harvest 2020, however, when scouting you may start to see more ears that have prematurely drooped. What is causing this phenomenon in our corn? And what does this mean for yield in those fields affected?

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#NField Observations and Chats – New Program Series From Nebraska Extension

August 14, 2020
We are expanding the N Field Observations & introducing “N Field Chat” sessions starting this Tuesday August 18 at 7 pm. N Field Chat is a live question & answer session on-line with experts from Nebraska Extension including both specialists & educators from throughout the state.

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Alfalfa stand previously interseeded with grass and legumes near Columbus, NE. – Megan Taylor

Evaluating Alfalfa Stands Part II - Renovation Options

August 12, 2020
Typically, alfalfa’s autotoxicity makes planting into established stands impossible. However, in new stands that are less than 12 months old, there is a chance that reseeding alfalfa in areas that are extremely thin or void of alfalfa may see success.

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Evaluating Alfalfa Stands Part 1 - Using the Hay Square Method

August 5, 2020
Were you expecting more from your alfalfa yields? Is it time to renovate, start over, or move on? Typically, evaluating stands occurs in the spring, but evaluating this fall will give you a better idea going forward and allow more time for future options.

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insect damage on soybean leaf from thistle caterpillar

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 15-19)

June 16, 2020
Extension educators report on what they are seeing in the fields this week in Madison, Pierce, Antelope, Platte, Boone, Nance, Merrick, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier and Red Willow counties.

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