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Market Journal Looks at Market Response to USDA Crop Report November 17, 2017

This week's Market Journal looks at how to select for Bt traits to protect corn from insects, the corn and soybean markets, how La Niña could impact weather conditions in the US and South America, and this week's forecast.

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Corn being harvested

Corn Harvest Makes Good Progress in Last Week, Now Near Average November 13, 2017

With mostly dry conditions Nebraska's corn harvest made good progress in the last week and was estimated to be 86% complete, up considerably from the 68% reported last week and near the five-year average of 90%. Last year 92% had been harvested at this point in the season.

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Corn root damage from root-lesion and other nematodes

Nebraska Corn Board Supports Free Corn Nematode Testing November 10, 2017

A new program to provide free soil analysis for corn nematodes is being made possible by the Nebraska Corn Board. Growers are invited to submit soil samples to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln lab from now through spring to be tested for the root-lesion nematode.

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Raking Downed corn

Grower Experiences with Picking Up Downed Corn November 6, 2017

This photo series of grower solutions illustrates several non-livestock options for picking up corn on the ground, including the use of a rake and combine with a pick-up attachment.

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Figure 1. It's likely that a combination of factors this year led to weakened corn ear shanks, large ears, and stalk and ear rots which together may have contributed to increased ear dropping.
Figure 1. It's likely that a combination of factors this year likely led to weakened corn ear shanks, large ears, and stalk and ear rots which together may have contributed to increased ear dropping.

Potential Reasons for Weakened Ear Shanks and Ear Loss November 3, 2017

While sustained high winds for several days in late October was likely the final catalyst, a number of factors may have led up to increased ear drop in corn. This article looks at potential factors throughout the season that may have eventually led to a challenging harvest.

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Figure 1. High winds this week caused corn to go down in many southern Nebraska fields, complicating harvest. (Photo by Jenny Rees)
Figure 1. High winds this week caused corn to go down in many southern Nebraska fields, complicating harvest.Making some adjustments to your combine settings can help capture more ears. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Combine Adjustments for Downed Corn October 27, 2017

As if rain delays weren’t frustrating enough this harvest, a broad swath of southern Nebraska experienced high winds Thursday and Friday, downing corn and leaving 20-60 bu/ac grain on the ground in some areas. Implementing some of these recommended combine adjustments may be just the ticket for getting more grain in the wagon.

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Perceptions of Crop Consultants and Crop Producers on Grazing Corn Residue in Nebraska October 19, 2017

A new journal article by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers reports on the results of a survey asking consultants and growers about what factors influence their thinking on grazing crop residue. The report notes that while corn residue grazing is a longstanding practice in the state, currently only about 25% of the state's corn residue is being grazed.

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Corn harvest

USDA-NASS: Just 17% of Corn and 33% of Beans Harvested October 16, 2017

As of Monday corn harvest was 17% done, well behind the five-year average of 39%, and soybean harvest was at 33%, well behind the average of 67%. Harvest progress in many other corn and soybean production states also lagged.

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