Field Updates - UNL CropWatch April 27, 2012

Field Updates - UNL CropWatch April 27, 2012

April 27, 2012

Drew Lyon, Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Specialist at the Panhandle REC at Scottsbluff:  Although I saw an occasional wheat plant showing signs of freeze damage over the past couple of days, the injury was primarily to the leaves and only occasionally to the lower stem. I don’t think there was any serious damage done from the freeze events a couple of weeks ago. The far bigger problem was drought stress; however, last night, much of the Panhandle had over an inch of rain, which couldn’t have come at a better time. I did hear that some areas north of Alliance received more than 8 inches of rain. That was probably too much.

Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer, Lincoln: No-tillers say it is one of the best planting seasons in recent years. The top layer of soil is dry with good moisture at seeding depth. Dry residue is easy to plant through. No surface mud sticking to the planters and no need to irrigate the crop up. In some tilled fields, there was crusting over with last week's heavy rains, making plant emergence difficult.