Planting plots in the 2019 UNL-TAPS program
Figure 1. Planting plots in the 2019 UNL-TAPS program at the West Central Research and Education Center near North Platte. (Photos by Krystle Rhoades)

Hybrid Selection Sets TAPS Contests Up for a Unique Year May 30, 2019

Competitors in the three divisions of this year's UNL-TAPS contest have selected their seed and seeding rate. Additional research was added this year to look at production functions such as seed selection.

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Planting Still Lagging with Corn at 81%, Soybean, 56% May 28, 2019

With cool, rainy conditions, planting progress was slow last week and remains behind normal, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service report for Nebraska. There were just 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

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USDA NASS: Corn Planting at 46%, Soybean at 20% May 13, 2019

As of Sunday 46% of the state's corn was planted, up from 35% last week, but well behind the five-year average of 72%. Approximately 20% of soybean had been planted, up from 14% last week, but well behind the average of 32%.

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Planting Progress and Wheat Condition, May 5, 2019 May 7, 2019

Corn planting was at 35% as of May 5, up from just 16% the week before, reported the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In soybeans, 14% was planted, compared to just 3% last week. Progress is similar to 2018, but lags the five-year average.

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Corn and Soybean Planting Near Last Year's Progress April 29, 2019

As of Monday, April 29, corn planting at 16% was near last year, but behind average and soybean, at 3% was near last year and the average. Winter wheat condition was 68% good to excellent.

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Joe Louis
Joe Louis, Harold and Esther Edgerton assistant professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned a five-year, $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation. (Jeff Wilkerson, UNL Research and Economic Development)

Study of Sorghum's Defense Against Sugarcane Aphid Nets NSF Award April 19, 2019

Sorghum, one of the top five cereal crops in the world, is now battling a devastating insect pest, the sugarcane aphid, in the US. Joe Louis, a UNL entomology researcher, has just received a $1.5 million NSF grant to investigate how to help sorghum naturally resist the aphid.

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Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.

UNL-TAPS to Kick Off 2019 Competition Featuring Subsurface Drip Irrigation February 22, 2019

The 2019 TAPS farm management competition will start Tuesday, March 12 with a meeting at the Bayer Crop Science Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg. Potential UNL-TAPS participants can learn more about subsurface drip irrigation, as well as contest details.

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USDA Reports NE Corn and Soybean Production Hit Record Highs February 8, 2019

Corn for grain production and soybean set record highs in 2018, according to the end-of-year report from USDA. See how all major crops in Nebraska fared.

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