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Corn seedlings in flooded field
Figure 1. Corn seedlings growing in flooded field.

How Saturated Soils Affect Germination, Seedling Growth

May 12, 2016

Similar to last year’s heavy rains in early May, rain on May 9 and May 10-11 in portions of Nebraska have caused ponding and flooding across some fields.  As of Sunday, May 8, USDA-NASS reported that 57% of Nebraska's corn was planted that is behind the 71% planting progress in 2015 but close to the

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Hail-damaged corn plants
Hail-damaged corn plants

Hail Damage in Corn

May 11, 2016
Yield losses from hail storms will depend on the timing and severity of the hail, and subsequent environmental conditions. Regardless of the level of damage, farmers should be patient when evaluating early-season hail damage in corn and wait 7–10 days after a hail event to allow for crop regrowth. See more on replant decision, yield potential of surviving plants, hail and bacterial plant pathogens.

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Corn leafing out below the surface
Corn seedling leafing out below the soil surface

Planting Delays? It's too Early to Consider Switching Hybrids or Moving to Soybeans

May 4, 2016
While corn planting has been delayed in areas of the state due to recent rains, it's too early to consider switching hybrids or switching to soybeans. The author addresses some key points to consider for those waiting to plant and those who planted early and may need to assess stand viability.

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Planting Corn into a Cereal Rye Cover Crop

April 29, 2016
Cereal rye has become a popular cover crop to reduce soil erosion and add carbon to the soil system.

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Corn seedling damping off
Corn seedling with post-emergence damping off.

Wet Conditions Favorable for Seedling Diseases in Early Planted Corn

April 28, 2016
Wet field conditions and cool soil temperatures across Nebraska may put early planted corn at added risk for seedling diseases. Be sure to monitor seedling emergence and stand establishment in the coming weeks so that if problems occur they can be detected as early as possible.

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Photo of wireworms

Scout Emerging Corn for Insects; Don't Assume Protection

April 27, 2016
As corn begins to emerge, be alert to the potential for damage from early season insects such as cutworms, wireworms, or white grubs. High risk factors and identification and treatment guides for these major early season insects are included.

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Silage Conference: What to Grow and How to Store and Price It

April 22, 2016
Iowa State University and University of Nebraska—Lincoln will be hosting a one-day Silage for Beef Cattle Conference June 17 to explore best practices for making, storing and using silage.

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Thermometer taking temperature of residue-covered soil
Taking the soil temperature

Three Key Considerations for Planting Corn and Soybeans

April 15, 2016
Planting as early as possible allows your crop to collect solar radiation sooner; however, the practice comes with some risks which need to be weighed against the benefit.

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