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.
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.
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.