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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Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service view sugarbeet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service observe sugarbeet harvest at a farm in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Foreign Ag Representatives View Nebraska Farms First-Hand

September 27, 2018
A group of 27 foreign agriculture attachés from 23 countries recently visited several ag production sites in Nebraska, including a farm near Morrill where sugarbeet harvest was underway.

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Combine loading grain into a truck
Taking time now to prepare your harvest equipment and storage facilities can help ensure higher qualtiy stored grain in the long run.

Preparing for Harvest, Grain Storage

August 24, 2018
Proper cleanup of your grain bins and the surrounding site before harvest, coupled with good stored grain management, will put more income in your pocket and keep your equipment and facilities in better condition.

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Why Grain Test Weights Matter

November 10, 2017
What factors influence grain test weights and why aren't test weights necessarily an indicator of grain quality? More on these issues and what to consider when trucking high test-weight grain down the highway. When grain prices are lower and test weights are higher, it makes sense to check truck load weights prior to highway travel.

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Raking Downed corn

Grower Experiences with Picking Up Downed Corn

November 6, 2017
This photo series of grower solutions illustrates several non-livestock options for picking up corn on the ground, including the use of a rake and combine with a pick-up attachment.

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Figure 1. It's likely that a combination of factors this year led to weakened corn ear shanks, large ears, and stalk and ear rots which together may have contributed to increased ear dropping.
Figure 1. It's likely that a combination of factors this year likely led to weakened corn ear shanks, large ears, and stalk and ear rots which together may have contributed to increased ear dropping.

Potential Reasons for Weakened Ear Shanks and Ear Loss

November 3, 2017
While sustained high winds for several days in late October was likely the final catalyst, a number of factors may have led up to increased ear drop in corn. This article looks at potential factors throughout the season that may have eventually led to a challenging harvest.

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Figure 1. High winds this week caused corn to go down in many southern Nebraska fields, complicating harvest. (Photo by Jenny Rees)
Figure 1. High winds this week caused corn to go down in many southern Nebraska fields, complicating harvest.Making some adjustments to your combine settings can help capture more ears. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Combine Adjustments for Downed Corn

October 27, 2017
As if rain delays weren’t frustrating enough this harvest, a broad swath of southern Nebraska experienced high winds Thursday and Friday, downing corn and leaving 20-60 bu/ac grain on the ground in some areas. Implementing some of these recommended combine adjustments may be just the ticket for getting more grain in the wagon.

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Corn harvest

USDA-NASS: Just 17% of Corn and 33% of Beans Harvested

October 16, 2017
As of Monday corn harvest was 17% done, well behind the five-year average of 39%, and soybean harvest was at 33%, well behind the average of 67%. Harvest progress in many other corn and soybean production states also lagged.

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