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common stalk borer larva

Managing Stalk Borers in Corn

May 22, 2020
Stalk borer damage in corn commonly is confined to plants in the first few rows near field margins, fence rows, grass terraces, and waterways. Understanding the common stalk borer life cycle and behavior is critical to selecting management practices to reduce damage in corn.

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Corn, Soybean Planting Well Ahead of Last Year

May 21, 2020
Corn planted was 91%, as of Sunday, May 17, 2020, well ahead of 63% last year, and ahead of 78% for the five-year average. Emerged was 54%. Soybeans planted was 78%, well ahead of 34% last year and 42% average. Emerged was 29%, well ahead of 5% last year and 8% average.

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Seed corn maggots
Seed corn maggots

Avoiding Injury from Seed Corn Maggot

May 20, 2020
We have received several reports of injury from seed corn maggot that has reduced stands of Nebraska soybeans. Learn why they may have been more problematic this year.

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When estimating whether severely injured plants will survive, check the growing point. Healthy growing point is yellow/white and firm as is shown in this picture. Unhealthy growing point is discolored and soft to the touch.
When estimating whether severely injured plants will survive, check the growing point. Healthy growing point is yellow/white and firm as is shown in this picture. Unhealthy growing point is discolored and soft to the touch.

Replanting Corn: Things To Do and Think About

May 15, 2020
With the recent frost events that occurred the weekend of May 9-10, 2020 in portions of the State, some are questioning the need to replant corn. It’s important to assess potential recovery before making replant decisions.

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barbel ear and short husk deformations in corn

Planting Date Impact on Corn Growth and Ear Issues

May 14, 2020
Despite the above-average yields in recent years, there has been reports of ear formation issues in corn that ranged from sites in the Texas Panhandle, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Does planting date play a role?

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emerging corn showing varying degrees of frost damage

Evaluating Freeze and Chilling Injury in Corn and Soybeans

May 13, 2020
The weather took a turn to the cold side over the last week. Across Nebraska, lows at or below 32°F were recorded. Clear conditions coupled with these temperatures favor frost formation especially in low lying areas. So, what does this mean for our crops?

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cutworm caterpillar

Scout Emerging Corn for Insects; Don’t Assume Protection

May 13, 2020
As corn begins to emerge, be alert to the potential for damage from early season insects such as cutworms, wireworms, white grubs, or other insects.

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Nebraska Corn and Soybean Planting Ahead of Averages

May 12, 2020
As of Sunday, May 10, Nebraska Corn planted was 79%, well ahead of 43% last year, and ahead of 60% for the five-year average, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Emerged was 30%, well ahead of 7% last year, and ahead of 18% average.

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