Robert Klein - Western Nebraska Crops Specialist

Robert Klein

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WCREC 402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
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Work 308-696-6705 On-campus 7-6705

Faculty Bio

Cover of 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets
Cover of 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets

Using the 2017 Crop Budgets to Focus on Costs January 20, 2017

The 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets include 73 crop budgets representing most major Nebraska crops from corn to peas to wheat and a variety of production and irrigation systems. With the challenging agricultural economy, the budgets are one means to identify and focus on specific areas of crop production costs falling above typical costs for your system.

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sunflower herbicide efficacy table

Using Herbicide Prices and Efficacy Ratings to Select for Top Value January 17, 2017

Take time this winter to strategize your weed management plan. Use Nebraska Extension resources to study herbicide efficacy, mode and site of action, and approximate costs to select products likely to provide the most value in weed control.

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It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)
It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

2016 Winter Wheat Varieties for Nebraska September 1, 2016

Recommendations for identifying and selecting wheat varieties best suited to your location, based on variety trial results, and other factors to manage to achieve high yields.

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Wheat cut high
Wheat cut high

The Value of Wheat in a Crop Rotation August 31, 2016

Wheat is an important part of many crop rotations, adding value directly and often indirectly by aiding in soil water management and weed suppression, reducing erosion, and helping manage pest cycles. Consider wheat's value to your crop production system by looking at what it contributes over multiple years of the rotation.

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Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska
Figure 1. Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska
Figure 1.  Red Willow County winter wheat variety plot.
Figure 1. Red Willow County winter wheat variety plot.

Post-Harvest Weed Control in Winter Wheat June 29, 2016

Timely control of weeds following winter wheat harvest can limit soil moisture loss to weeds and prevent the deposit of more weed seeds in the soil, two factors that can benefit the next crop's yield. In addition, timely control of volunteer wheat is essential in reducing the spread of wheat streak mosaic disease. See what influences effectiveness of weed control and how to make your crop more competitive.

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Wheat streak mosaic
Wheat streak mosaic

Control Volunteer Winter Wheat and Other Weeds Now to Increase and Protect 2017 Yields, Income June 23, 2016

By far, the greatest risk of losses from mite-vectored viruses occurs when there is a summer "green bridge" of volunteer wheat emerging before harvest. This almost always occurs as a result of wheat seed head shatter from hail storms (Figure 1).

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Wheat stripe rust
Stripe rust in wheat

Stripe Rust Widespread in Wheat But Mostly At Low Levels May 6, 2016

Report of this week's wheat disease survey: On May 3 stripe rust was observed for the first time at the UNL Havelock Farm in Lincoln, where incidence was low and severity ranged from trace to high. t the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead on May 3, infections had spread from small hot spots one to two weeks earlier to larger areas in research plots, and leaf damage was apparent Wheat growth stage at these two locations ranged from flag leaf emergence to heading. On May 5, field surveys found stripe rust to be widespread in the west central and southern Panhandle of Nebraska. The flag leaf had not emerged or was just starting to emerge in these parts of the state. Wheat mosaic virus was identified in Deuel County.

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