Crop and Field Updates - UNL CropWatch, June 23, 2011

Crop and Field Updates - UNL CropWatch, June 23, 2011

Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator in Cheyenne County: Hail and heavy rains have resulted in saturated soils and flash flooding in our area. Producers planning to seed proso millet this week will have to wait until drier conditions are present. Normally, planting needs to be completed by late June to ensure a crop. Hail damage has been spotty. We are dealing with more general areas of rain. Sidney had 3.89 inches of rain Sunday. Other locations didn't have as much rain.  (6/20/2011)

Corn hail damage, Saunders County, NE, 6/2011

Figure 1. Hail damage in Saunders County.  Note the white Watermark soil moisture sensor.  (Photo:  Keith Glewen)

Keith Glewen, Extension Educator in Saunders County:  We received hail and storm damage over the weekend in Saunders County (Figure 1).  If you look closely at the photo you will see a Watermark soil moisture sensor which was installed earlier in the growing season. Much of Saunders County can be described as the "Land of 20,000 Lakes." Flooding of corn and soybean fields in the Todd Valley and along creeks and rivers is common. A large area of the county experienced hail damage from three storms during a four-day period. Hail damage varies from light to severe. Raccoons have been observed laying tile lines to the sweet corn patches. (6/20/2011)

Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County:  Crops in Nemaha County and southeast Nebraska looked much better yesterday, compared to last week. We have received some rain, although not a great amount in Nemaha County — about  1/2 inch.  South and north in Richardson and Otoe counties they have received 1-2 inches of rain. Last week corn was yellow on hillsides. It appears the roots have now reached the nitrogen because I don't believe any additional was applied. This week not too much more land was flooded on the Nebraska side, but fields are becoming more waterlogged from seep water near rhe levee. Some of the corn in the river bottom by Peru looks excellent and is 3-4 feet tall, but it may be flooded depending on the levee situation. A new video on YouTube, shot Sunday shows water running over the levee.  (Type in Brownville to find it.) It is on the Missouri side north of Highway 136.  (6/21/2011)