Farmers are increasing their soybean plantings for 2017, which likely means some are shifting to soybeans-after-soybeans. This article looks at what you should be considering at planting time as you consider changing your cropping sequence.
Skip-row corn planting offers yield benefits in dryland fields, as documented by several years of University of Nebraska-Lincoln trials. This article, one of two this week looking at skip-row planting corn, offers recommendations for implementing the system in dryland corn production.
Research in Nebraska over a number of years has documented how skip-row corn can offer yield benefits in dryland production systems. Because water in the soil between widely spaced rows cannot be reached by the crop until later in the season, the water is available July and August, when plants are in the silking to blister stages and particularly sensitive to drought stress.
When can you save money on pesticides? Research in Nebraska and elsewhere indicates that often generic pesticides may offer similar control at lower prices than brand name products. There may be other reasons for using brand names, which are addressed in the article.
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.
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.