Todd Whitney - Extension Educator

Todd Whitney

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1308 2nd St Holdrege NE 68949-2803
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Area: Furnas, Gosper, Harlan & Phelps Counties
Extension Focus: Cropping systems, soil nutrients and manure management, water quality
Programming: Statewide Primary Issue Team – Protecting Water Quality and Soil Resources for Agriculture, Businesses and Communities; Other programs – Private Applicator Certification Training; Commercial Pesticide Re-Certification Training; Chemigation Certification Training; Nebraska Extension On-Farm Research Regional Network; Manure Management Field Day; Weed Resistance; Crop Recovery from Harsh Environmental Factors

Windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)
Figure 1. Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)

Wheat Forage Options and Considerations May 17, 2018

This spring many Nebraska livestock producers facing low forage supplies may be looking for new sources, such as from wheat. This Nebraska research on harvest timing suggests how to optimize feed value from wheat forage.

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Is Soybean Yield Limited by Nitrogen Supply? May 8, 2018

Soybean has a large nitrogen (N) requirement. Indeed, soybean requires about four times more N per bushel produced than corn. On average, soybean needs to absorb 4.8 lbs of N per bushel produced. Hence, a soybean crop that produces 50 bu/ac (similar to current Nebraska average) will need to absorb 240 lbs N per acre.

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An eastern Nebraska field with dicamba injury.
This eastern Nebraska soybean field was injured by off-target dicamba movement to a sensitive crop. Applying best management practices to all dicamba applications can help reduce the likelihood of similar whole-field damage in 2018.

Can We Manage Dicamba Applications in 2018? February 15, 2018

Factors leading to dicamba injury and how growers will need to practice best management practices with all dicamba applications in 2018 to help reduce injury to susceptible crops and other plants. This article discusses key practices to implement.

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Maximum daily temperature and humdity recorded at Harvard in June 2017
Maximum daily temperature and humdity recorded at Harvard in June 2017

Potential Off-Target Dicamba Movement from Corn Applications February 15, 2018

While the new soybean dicamba herbicides were often blamed for injury to sensitive plants in 2017, a deeper look at the timing of injury and the weather conditions at those times suggests dicamba applications in corn may have contributed to plant injury in many areas. Increased management for all dicamba applications will be needed in 2018.

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Loading a grain truck

Why Grain Test Weights Matter November 10, 2017

What factors influence grain test weights and why aren't test weights necessarily an indicator of grain quality? More on these issues and what to consider when trucking high test-weight grain down the highway. When grain prices are lower and test weights are higher, it makes sense to check truck load weights prior to highway travel.

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Map showing sites of Nebraska soybean fields in study of yield-limiting production factors
Map showing sites of Nebraska soybean fields in study of yield-limiting production factors

Help Us Identify Yield-Limiting Factors in Nebraska Soybean Fields October 5, 2016

Nebraska soybean producers are being asked to answer a survey about their soybean fields and contribute to a benchmark study of current soybean production in Nebraska. Researchers from 10 north central states, including Nebraska, are collecting the data to identify factors that may be impeding growers from reaching full yield. See what they've learned in the first two years of the study and how they hope to use the information.

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Wheat field

6 Nebraska Wheat Variety Tours May 10, 2016

Nebraska wheat growers can view and compare current and experimental wheat varieties and hear from researchers and specialists at six UNL Wheat Variety Trials to be held this June in west central Nebraska and the Panhandle. The June 15 tour at the Stumpf Wheat Research center at Grant will also include a field pea plot tour and presentations.

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Insect Moth Trap Counts - May 6 May 6, 2016

Moth traps have been established at 12 sites in northeast, east central, southeast and south central Nebraska to monitor flights of armyworm, black cutworm, and variegated cutworm moths.  The results are presented below and will be updated weekly through May.

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