Pinto beans
Nebraska ranks second in production of dry edible beans; however, this year drought and hail took a toll on dry edible beans in western Nebaska. For those harvests that don't meet the grade for human consumption, livestock feed may be an option.

Incorporating Drought or Hail Stricken Dry Edible Beans in Livestock Feed

August 28, 2019
In some areas of western Nebraska hail and drought took a toll on dry edible beans this year, reducing the feasability of harvesting them for rigorous human consumption standards. Consider these other options for their use.

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Aug. 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry areas in east central Nebraska

Abnormally Dry Conditions in East-Central Nebraska

August 1, 2019
The August 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The condition was attributed to short-term precipitation deficits.

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A field of drought-stressed corn in late July in Richardson County in southeast Nebraska. (Photo by Laura Thompson)
A field of drought-stressed corn in late July in Richardson County in southeast Nebraska. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

Drought-stressed Corn: A Feed Opportunity

August 6, 2018
When harvesting drought-stressed corn to feed, there are several cautionary factors to consider as well as several options for feeding, baling, or grazing it.

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Photos of two very different eastern Nebraska wheat fields
Figure 1. Photos of both of these eastern Nebraska wheat fields were taken June 16, 2018 and show the contrast between wheat grown in Thayer County (left) in southeast Nebraska where precipitation was much below normal and a field in Washington County in east central Nebraska where there was sufficient soil mosture throughout the season. (Photos by Brad Heinrichs (left) and Nathan Mueller)

Recap of 2017-18 Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop

July 25, 2018
Winter wheat yields in eastern Nebraska were quite variable in 2018, ranging from 10 to 80 bu/ac, depending on precipitation. This review of the growing season examines some of the factors affecting yields in southeast, east central, and northeast Nebraska.

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Map of vegetative health index in the Corn Belt  for July 8, 2018

Temperature/GDD Trend Indicates Early Corn Maturity

July 9, 2018
A cool start to the crop season followed by two months of above normal temperatures appears to be pushing Nebraska's corn crop to an earlier than normal maturity.

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US map showing departures from normal temperatures in May

If Patterns Continue, Drought Areas Likely to Expand in Nebraska

June 1, 2018
Based on current conditions and short and longer term forecasts, drought conditions appear to be building in Nebraska, says Associate State Climatologist Al Dutcher.

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Related UNL AgNews

May 25, 2018
UNL Research: Land-cover Changes likely Intensified Dust Bowl Drought | Blanco Leads 3-Year Cover Crop Study funded by Nebraska Environmental Trust | Grass-Cast, a New Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast, Predicts Available Forage

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KSU Assesses Yield Potential of Drought-Tolerant Corn

April 12, 2018
Research by Kansas State University on yield potential of drought-tolerant corn showed yields varied but often were equal to their non-DT counterparts. The advantage of the DT hybrids became more evident when the water stress increased to the point of leaves rolling most days.

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