CropWatch March 27, 2015
- Winter Wheat Injury and Winterkill. Southwest and areas of western Nebraska were hard hit by winterkill and a lack of moisture from late fall through the winter. See damage reports, how to estimate yield potential, management options and herbicide considerations.
- Spring Application of Fertilizer N for Corn. With the price of corn down, how can you ensure the most cost-effective nitrogen application? UNL soil management specialists cover what to consider and share information on some new online tools to help ensure you're crediting all available nitrogen sources when estimating each field's N needs.
- RMA 2015 Initial Planting Dates for Corn: April 10 or April 15 in Nebraska
- Assessing Climate Trends, Soil Temperatures, and Planting Risks. Soil temperatures are currently 5-10 degrees above normal across the state, but if you're eager to plant, check out this climate discussion and map of median dates of last 28° freezes in Nebraska.
Tillage and No-Till
- As part of the Plant Management Network's Focus on Corn, UNL's Paul Jasa discusses the effects of tillage and traffic in the field on soil structure and compaction.
- View segments with UNL Agronomist Roger Elmore on soybean and corn planting recommendations; Nathan Mueller on soybean inoculation; Brandy VanDeWalle on the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge and more.
- Controlling Early Spring Weeds in Native Grass. Herbicides or grazing can provide early season control to cheatgrass, wild oats, and downy brome, but a longer term strategy may be most effective as seeds can survive in the soil for another three years.
IANR & Extension
- Nebraska Extension Offers Sensitive Issues Training April 7-8. Register now for this two-day workshop with national speakers providing information and training on how to become a better spokesperson for the ag industry, especially related to sensitive issues such as GMOs, sustainability, and food safety. Learn how communicating through shared values helps build trust and improve how your listeners understand the issues you're addressing.
- Nebraska Ag Water Management Network Meeting April 2. More than 1,200 Nebraska producers are participating in this initiative to use water and energy resources more efficiently. This meeting offers information for collaborators and potential collaborators on new technologies and developments.