Dry bean field
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Progress: Dry Bean Planting on Track to End Early

June 17, 2024
With just 6% of the crop remaining, dry edible bean planting is significantly ahead of last year's pace. Sorghum planting was down to 8% left, as of June 16.

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Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 10-14)

June 13, 2024
Extension educators share their observations in Nebraska fields this week.

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Men standing near vehicles
With a third successful prescribed burn completed at Barta Brothers Ranch on April 21, researchers are seeing what fire can and cannot do about invasive redcedars.

Barta Brothers Ranch Starting to See Results of Prescribed Burns

June 13, 2024
Throughout the project, researchers have observed increased vigor in the grasses, increased gains in cattle, differences in grassland bird communities and minimal changes in wind erosion across burned areas.

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Cattle stand in pasture below thunderstorm
Despite their resiliency, perennial forages can experience significant yield loss from hailstorms. Damage assessment and timing are key to the recovery process for pastures and hay fields.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Hail Damage to Pasture and Hay, Alfalfa Irrigation After a Wet Spring

June 11, 2024
Extension recommendations on reducing the risk of toxic plant consumption for grazing animals, hail damage recovery for pasture and hay fields, and summer alfalfa irrigation following a wet spring.

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Sorghum field
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. (CropWatch file photo)

Crop Progress: End of Nebraska Planting Season in Sight

June 10, 2024
With just about 20% of sorghum and dry bean acreage remaining, planting season is coming to a close and Nebraska producers will soon begin winter wheat harvest.

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Haybales in field
Bales of hay are stored for winter along the fence line. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Drought Plans Should be Updated, as Weather Predictions Could Impact Forage

June 7, 2024
With significantly lower hay prices and concerns about reduced forage production this summer, producers should consider securing a portion of the expected needed hay supplies for next fall and winter now.

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Soybean field during summer
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. (CropWatch file photo)

Crop Progress: Nebraska Soybean Planting Nearly Finished

June 4, 2024
Corn planting has been completed in Nebraska, and soybean planting is nearly done as well.

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Leafy spurge closeup
Leafy spurge spreads aggressively and is difficult to control once established. Several herbicides are labeled for control of this weed, but continued monitoring and retreatments are necessary for best results.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Controlling Leafy Spurge and Alfalfa Weevil, Planting Warm-season Annuals

May 28, 2024
Strategies for reducing spread of leafy spurge and scouting for alfalfa weevil, plus insights on selecting and planting warm-season annuals.

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