The relationship between current grain prices and forage/pasture prices in western Nebraska is creating a scenario where forage crops may provide an economically viable alternative to a cash grain crop. From an economic perspective, at current market prices, 1.5 tons per acre of annual forage is competitive with cash grain crops in terms of generating gross dollars per acre.
Minor levels of striped rust have been confirmed in winter wheat from a field in Sheridan County north of Rushville. The infections occurred on only a few leaves and pustules were very small and difficult to see. Growers are encouraged to continue scouting wheat for disease; a fungicide application is not recommended at this time.
Nebraska Extension Specialist Alexander Pavlista retired in March 2017 after 50 years working in research, 29 of them at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff where he served as the university's lead potato expert.
Growers are encourage to watch for Medusahead, an invasive weed species that is now in Wyoming and moving eastward. If it reaches the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could cause devastating damage to the ecology and range production. The concept of early detection and rapid response, as described here, will be important to its containment.
The Women in Agriculture Conference: Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives will feature information and advice on a range of subjects, including: coping with stress, preserving food, creating sustainable landscapes, setting priorities, and preparing for disasters.
The latest results from crop and livestock research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney, as well as administrative and business updates, will be presented March 2 in Sidney.
I usually start reporting on river flows and water reservoirs affecting western Nebraska in early May, but with recent national news about the spillway at the Oroville Dam in California, you may be wondering about the status of snowpack water content and the reservoir levels along the North Platte River in Wyoming.