In western Nebraska when wheatgrass, especially crested wheatgrass, starts growing, it’s time to begin monitoring for black grass bugs. Feeding damage caused by these insects can substantially reduce wheatgrass forage production.
Should the cold spring delay cover crop termination? Growers walk a fine line between growing cover crops long enough to get the biomass they want without reducing yield in the following grain crop. This discussion from an agronomist, entomologist and weed scientist looks at various factors to consider.
Wheat stem maggots were an issue for some eastern and southern Nebraska farmers planting corn directly into a growing cover crop, leading to questions about how to best manage this scenario in 2018. Learn why entomologists don't recommend adding an insecticide to the herbicide when terminating the cover crop.
A noon-hour webinar on March 14 will explore the issue of wheat stem maggot damage in corn planted directly into wheat or rye cover crops in 2017. Learn more about what happened and how to plan for 2018.
Topics at the 2018 Farming Evolution program Feb. 13-14 in Colorado will include no-till, cover crops, grazing livestock on cropland, and the importance of biodiversity in pest management as part of a whole-farm/whole-ranch plan.
The 2018 Guide for Weed, Disease, and Insect Management in Nebraska is now available in print or as a download. The 332-page guide offers a single, comprehensive resource based on Nebraska research and conditions.