Cover Crops

Corn plant damaged by wheat stem maggot
Corn plant damaged by wheat stem maggot

Wheat Stem Maggot Damaging Corn after Rye June 9, 2016

UNL has been tracking an unusual insect pest the past couple of years in northeast Nebraska that may be a potential concern to farmers growing corn after rye or other grass cover crops. A number of producers and crop scouts have reported stunted corn plants at V1 to V2 with brown flagging in their fields due to the wheat stem maggot (WSM), a species of Chloropid fly. These are small flies that are typically about 1/8 inch long with black and yellow markings. The wheat stem maggot overwinters in the stem of its host plants as a larva and emerges in May to begin feeding.

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Screen capture of RMA forage insurance decision support tool
Screen capture of RMA forage insurance decision support tool

July 15 Deadlines Approaching For Annual Forage Insurance May 23, 2016

Annual Forage Insurance coverage is available in Nebraska for annual forage plants seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes, but is not limited to, plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop, or silage. The deadline is July 15 for 1) sign-up for coverage on fall-planted forage and 2) reporting on coverage purchased last December.

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Crimper designed by UNL students to be used in cover crops
Crimper designed by UNL students to be used in cover crops

Mulch Cropping Field Day & Crimper Demonstration Sunday near Abie May 13, 2016

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is hosting a Mulch Cropping Field Day May 15 to show use of a crimper to provide mulch and drilling beans into crimped triticale.

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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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Cover Crop/Soil Health Field Day April 18 near Falls City April 13, 2016

A cover crop/soil health field day, previously scheduled for March 30, has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. April 18 at the Jon Keithley Farm northwest of Falls City. The event will be at 71475 650 Avenue.

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Rye cover crop in southeast Nebraska
Rye cover crop in southeast Nebraska

Cover Crop/Soil Health Field Day near Falls City Canceled March 21, 2016

This Cover Crop Field Day has been canceled.

View various cover crop species and mixtures at a cover crop/soil health field day Wednesday, March 30 at the Jon Keithley Farm northwest of Falls City at 71475 650 Ave.

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Herbicide Options for Planting Forage Cover Crops after Corn and Soybean March 18, 2016

Cover crop adoption is continuing to increase throughout Nebraska. Respondents to the 2015 cover crop survey conducted during Nebraska extension meetings indicated the top five desired benefits from cover crops are

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Nebraska Cover Crop Conference Feb. 25 at UNL ARDC February 12, 2016

The integration and benefits of cover crops in a corn-soybean rotation will be the focus of the Nebraska Cover Crop Conference Thursday, Feb. 25. It will be held at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1071 County Road G near Ithaca.

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