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Spring floods and soils that just didn't dry out led to prevented plant acres being reported on more than 400,000 acres of Nebraska cropland. Overall Nebraska ranked 16th in the nation on prevent plant acres.

USDA Reports 400,000 Acres of Prevented Plant Cropland in Nebraska

August 15, 2019
Crop producers across Nebraska reported more than 400,000 acres as prevented plant in 2019, ranking 16th nationally. How typical was your county? View county and state numbers from the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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Corn growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus. A new Nebraska study has quantified the benefits of irrigation among nine U.S. crops by analyzing yields from 1950 to 2015. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication)
Figure 1. Corn growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus. A new Nebraska study has quantified the benefits of irrigation among nine U.S. crops by analyzing yields from 1950 to 2015. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication)

Gap Growing Between Irrigated, Rainfed Crop Yields

August 13, 2019
A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rainfed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap. Researchers analyzed annual yields of nine crops on a county-by-county basis from 1950 to 2015.

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Fall Freeze Risk, August 2019 (Table 1)

August 8, 2019
Table 1. The odds (%) of an early fall hard freeze (28°F or less), calculated using 2019 GDD accumulations from emergence to July 31 and applying 1981-2010 GDD average accumulations for August 1 to the average first hard freeze date. The table (stacked in two parts) shows the odds for four emergence dates.

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Calculating the Odds of a Hard Freeze

August 7, 2019
How likely are you to see a hard freeze (28°F or less) before your corn reaches maturity? Check these tables based on current and historical conditions to see whether you're in an area of concern.

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Forecast yield deviations from normal for rainfed corn across the Corn Belt

2019 Corn Yield Forecasts as of July 31

August 2, 2019
This article summarizes the simulated crop stages and yield forecasts performed on July 31 for 37 locations across the US Corn Belt.

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drought-stressed corn

Is Silage an Option for Corn Impacted by the Canal Breach?

August 2, 2019
Without irrigation water and adequate rainfall, taking this western Nebraska corn to full maturity and grain production may not be the best option for the crop. Here's why silage may offer benefits.

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Grazing an additional 10% of available acres of corn residue could increase income for crop producers by more than $6 million.  (Photo courtesy of USDA)
Grazing an additional 10% of available acres of corn residue could increase income for crop producers by more than $6 million. (Photo courtesy of USDA)

The Value of Grazed Corn Residue for Crop and Cattle Producers

July 31, 2019
It's estimated that a 10% increase in grazing utilization of corn residue could add $6.4 million to the bottom line of crop producers in Nebraska.

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By measuring the water use of plants on an hourly or even minute-by-minute basis, Nebraska's James Schnable and colleagues hope to better understand and eventually improve how crops respond to drought. (Craig Chandler/University Communication)
Figure 1. By measuring the water use of plants on an hourly or even minute-by-minute basis, University of Nebraska associate professor James Schnable and colleagues at Iowa State University hope to better understand and eventually improve how crops respond to drought. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication)

New Stalk Sensor Could Lead to Improved Drought-Resisistant Corn

July 31, 2019
Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University are pursuing an elusive goal: measuring rates of sap flow in corn in real-time, actual fields, and changing weather conditions. Their data on corn water use could lead to improved drought resistance.

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