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USDA Forecast Drops NE Corn Production, Ups Soybean Production October 11, 2018

Based on October 1 conditions the USDA NASS Crop Production Report still forecasts record yield and production numbers for corn and soybean in Nebraska.

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Cattle grazing corn stalks
Cattle grazing corn stalks

The Crop Residue Exchange Links Growers and Grazers October 10, 2018

The Crop Residue Exchange is an interactive online tool to help crop and cattle producers connect and develop mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. A new feature allows producers to also list forage cover crops for grazing.

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Corn Harvest 23% Done, Soybeans, 36% October 9, 2018

In the week ending October 7, there were just 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress and Condition report for Nebraska.

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Stalk rots in corn
Stalk rots in corn

Corn & Soybean Diseases Confirmed Sept. 13-28 September 28, 2018

Various corn stalk rots lead the list of corn and soybean diseases confirmed by the UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic September 13 - 28. Diseases are listed by reporting district.

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Corn going down in the field
Figure 1. Rapid corn drydown in corn and increased stalk and ear rots from recent rains could create harvest challenges similar to those faced by growers in 2017. Growers are urged to scout their fields now to determine which should be harvested first to avoid losses. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Assess Corn Now to Avoid Harvest Complications September 28, 2018

With an unusually warm August and rainy September, corn growers are urged to monitor their fields and prioritize harvest to avoid some of the challenges and losses faced in 2017.

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Podcast: A Row Crop Farmer's Perspective on Cover Crops and Cattle Grazing September 27, 2018

Chad Dane, a farmer from Clay County, Nebraska, discusses his experience using cover crops in a corn-soybean rotation on this week's UNL BeefWatch podcast.

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Left photo showing corn stalk breakage from Gibberela stalk rot and right photo showing corn stalk damage from Fusarium stalk rot.
(L-R) Figure 1. Lodging and stalk breakage, as well as stalk discoloration, are symptoms of stalk rot diseases. (Photo by Terra Hartman) Figure 2. Stalk rot diseases commonly cause discoloration of the stalks and degradation of the white pith between vascular bundle strands. (Photo by Kyle Broderick)

Stalk Rot Diseases in Nebraska Corn Fields September 13, 2018

Knowing the risk factors for stalk rot can help you evaluate those fields first and prioritize your harvest schedule accordingly. Submitting plant samples and determining which stalk rot is present can help you better prevent or manage it in future years.

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Corn kernels sprouting on the ear
Figure 1. When corn kernels start sprouting on the ear, it's likely due to an imbalance of plant hormones.

Why are Corn Kernels Germinating on the Ear? September 12, 2018

What makes corn kernels start sprouting on the ear and what are the implications for harvest and storage? Growers in south central Nebraska are seeing the damage as they scout.

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