Soybean plant infested with orange gall midge.
Figure 1. Soybean plant infested with orange gall midge.

Survey of Orange Gall Midge in Nebraska: A Potential Pest of Soybeans

August 23, 2018
A relatively new insect in soybean, the orange gall midge has now been confirmed in 15 eastern Nebraska counties.Growers and consultants are invited to submit reports of orange gall midge in counties where it hasn't previously been identified.

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An ear of corn

Corn and Soybean Continue Slightly Ahead of Normal

August 20, 2018

Crop condition reports remained high this week with good-to-excellent ratings for 84% of the state's corn crop and 81% of the state's soybeans, according to today's report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Progress was generally ahead of normal.

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Each year more than 100 research trials are conducted at the South Central Agriculture Laboratory near Harvard. The Aug. 29 SCAL Field Day invites the public to view and learn about the most recent research from UNL and USDA scientists.
Figure 1. Each year more than 100 research trials are conducted at the South Central Agriculture Laboratory near Harvard. The Aug. 29 SCAL Field Day invites the public to view and learn about the most recent research from UNL and USDA scientists.

View Latest Crop and Pest Research at South Central Ag Lab Aug. 29

August 17, 2018
Tour field trials focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems, and disease management at this year's South Central Ag Lab Field Day Aug. 29.

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Frogeye leaf spot on a soybean leaf

Diseases Confirmed in Corn and Soybean July 26-Aug. 15

August 17, 2018
Corn and soybean diseases confirmed by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic from July 26 to August 16.

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Hailed corn in Howard County Aug. 16, 2018

Photo Report of Hail Damage in Howard County

August 17, 2018
Photos by Extension Educator Troy Ingram of extensive hail and storm damage after an Aug. 16 storm in Howard County. Includes video on benefits of planting cover crops into fields devastated by late-season hail.

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Chart of Nebraska corn yields trends from 1971 to 1917.

Soybean and Corn Yield and Acreage Trends

August 15, 2018
Nebraska soybean and corn yields have steadily increased from 1971 to 2017 in both irrigated and rainfed production systems. Nebraska irrigated soybean increased at a linear linear rate of 0.68 bu/ac, and irrigated corn increased at a rate of 2.17 bu/ac.

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Justin McMechan, Nebraska Extension crop protection and cropping systems specialist, shows growers how to identify different species of aphids that can be found on late season corn. (Photo by Deloris Pittman)

Soybean & Corn Clinics: Learn from Examining a Season in a Day

August 13, 2018
Examine and work with corn and soybean plants from early vegetative to maturity growth stages at Nebraska Extension’s Midwest Soybean and Corn Production Clinics Aug. 22-23. Register now to get hands-on field experience with crop scientists.

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Center pivot irrigating late season field of corn.
Figure 1. As you try to use stored soil water without wasting any new precipitation, the last few irrigations of the season require some of the most important water management decisions of the year. (Photo by Steve Melvin)

How to Schedule the Last Few Irrigations of the Season

August 10, 2018
Final irrigations of the season are some of the most important water management decisions of the year. This guide walks through how to use weather and field information to schedule final irrigations and avoid costly, needless ones.

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