March 2019 NSCO Climate Update

March Climate Update Reveals 'Why' Behind Historic Flood

April 12, 2019
Nebraska's historic flooding in March was the result of more than just the “bomb” cyclone; rather, the long, cold winter played a huge role. Read more about how the climatic stream of events led to the catastrophe that followed in this month’s Climate Update.

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Screen show of the video, Growing Annual Forages, one of five available from the April 9, 2019 post-flood meeting.

Growing Annual Forages to Replace Flood Losses

April 12, 2019
Five video presentations are now available to address seed selection and production of annual forages that might be used to replace hay and pasture lost to the flood. Topics include successful forage production, nutrient value of the feed, and related government program.

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Tilling wet soil creates additional problems

Wait For Better Conditions Before Heading Out On Wet Soils

April 11, 2019
If you're putting a log chain or tow strap in the tractor cab just in case you get stuck, even you know it’s too wet. Waiting a day or two for the soil to dry out some will provide better soil conditions for planting and stand establishment.

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Adjusting Pasture and Hay Ground Leases for 2019

April 11, 2019
Where there is significant flood damage to pastures, hayland, or alfalfa, should the rental rate be adjusted for 2019? This article provides guidance on adjusting rental rates, depending on individual circumstances.

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Wet soil compaction

Addressing Harvest Ruts and Erosion Gullies

April 11, 2019
With the wet spring, producers need to evaluate soil moisture conditions before heading to their fields to clean up flood debris and fill in ruts, rills, and gullies.

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Important dates for prevented planting for corn and soybean

Flood Damage and Prevented Planting

April 10, 2019
This year some farms may qualify for crop insurance prevented planting payments due to flood damage. Here are planting dates for RMA coverage, as well as some unknowns and considerations as you assess the damage to your property.

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Photo of a farmer in a field in contemplation
Figure 1. Stress levels are high in the farming community this year, given low commodity prices and widespread flood damage. An April 23 Nebraska Extension webinar looks at the causes of stress for farm families and offers strategies for managing stress to stay well.

Wellness in Tough Times Webinar for Farm and Ranch Families April 23

April 3, 2019
A free Nebraska Extension webinar ― Wellness in Tough Times ― will be offered at noon on April 23 to help farm and ranch families respond to the stressors brought on by the recent disasters and difficult economic environment.

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Nutrient Management Issues for 2019

March 29, 2019
The impact on soil nutrient availability after the March snowmelt/heavy rainfall event is highly variable. The following describes what to consider in areas of little, moderate, and severe harmful effects.

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