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

Crop Progress: Dry Edible Bean Planting Underway

May 28, 2024
As corn planting nears the finish line in Nebraska, dry edible bean producers are getting started on their planting season.

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Man, woman and child kneel in pasture
There are four key points to remember during the process of planning and planting perennial grasses: seed cost, seedbed, seeding depth and weed control.

Economic Considerations for Converting Cropland to Perennial Grazing Lands

May 23, 2024
Extension educators review the financial and operational considerations of converting cropland to grass pastures.

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Silage pit on farm covered with tires
Once silage is exposed to oxygen, its quality can decrease quickly. For best results, don’t expose more than three days’ worth of a pile at a time.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Retaining Silage Quality During Feedout, Grasshopper Management

May 21, 2024
Tips on retaining silage condition during feedout, planning the optimal time for grass hay harvest, and controlling grasshopper in rangeland and forages.

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Corn field
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

Crop Progress: Nebraska Plantings Back on Track

May 20, 2024
Planting was in full swing last week and Nebraska farmers made significant progress on corn and soybean. As of May 19, most crops were just slightly behind average planting pace.

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Tractor and grain truck harvesting silage
Though delaying small grain harvest can produce higher yields, it also decreases crude protein content. Producers should consider the animal being fed and feeding method before harvesting to get the most out of these crops.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preparing for First Cutting Alfalfa, Small Grain Harvest Strategies

May 14, 2024
With the first harvest of 2024 beginning soon, producers should take this time to perform equipment maintenance and strategize the timing of alfalfa and small grains harvest based on operational needs.

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Corn field
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

Crop Progress: Corn, Soybean Planting Running Behind 2023 Pace

May 13, 2024
With drier weather last week, Nebraska farmers began to close the gap on planting delays, but corn and soybean remain 15-18% behind last year's progress for this time of year.

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