Market Journal looks at Effects of Heat on Pastures, Pests, and Crop Irrigation

Market Journal looks at Effects of Heat on Pastures, Pests, and Crop Irrigation

June 22, 2012



Extension Plant Pathologist Tamra Jackson discusses the early outbreak of Goss's wilt in corn.

Extension Entomologist Jeff Bradshaw discusses the potential for grasshopper damage in drought-stress pastures and crops in the Panhandle this summer.

Gary Zoubek, Extension educator in York County, discusses the importance of tracking soil moisture when planning for irrigation.

Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson discusses how drought conditions are affecting pastures and feed sources for livestock.

Mike Briggs, Seward feedlot manager, talks about seasonal highs, cattle performance, and possibilities for this year's corn crop.

UNL Extension State Climatologist Al Dutcher discuses the weather forecast for the coming week.

This week on Market Journal, guests talked with host Jeff Wilkerson on:

Cattle Markets — Mike Briggs, Seward feedlot manager, talks about seasonal highs, cattle performance and possibilities for this year’s corn crop.

Irrigation Needs — Most crops in Nebraska are ahead of schedule, requiring more water than normal. Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator in York County, says producers should not rely on the calendar to plan crop irrigation.

Grasshopper Potential — Parts of Nebraska, including the Panhandle, have missed out on recent rainfalls. UNL Extension entomologist Jeff Bradshaw says grasshoppers may further affect crops by invading fields.

Grazing Concerns — With dry conditions and grasses in advanced growth stages, production from some Nebraska pastures may be nearly done,  says UNL Extension Forage Specialist Bruce Anderson, requirig producers to look at other, and often more costly, options.

Goss’s Wilt — Goss’s Wilt is caused by a bacterial pathogen that take advantage of wounds in corn leaves. UNL Extension Plant Pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems discusses the current outbreak and why it's appearing normal than earlier this year.

Weather Outlook — Al Dutcher, UNL Extension State Climatologist, says the coming week will be warm for Nebraska.

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