42% of Nebraska's Corn, 16% of Soybeans in the Ground

May 9, 2018

Corn planted was 42% done, near 46% for both last year and the five-year average, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending May 6. Two percent of the corn crop had emerged, behind 9% last year and the average of 10%.

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Soybean seedling with disease injury

Soilborne and Early Seedling Pathogens and Delayed Planting in Corn and Soybean

May 3, 2018
Soilborne pathogens and early seedling diseases may be more frequent in corn and soybean this year due to cool weather conditions this spring and delayed planting.

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Corn & Soybean Planting Forges Ahead

April 30, 2018

Seventeen percent of the state's corn had been planted by April 30, behind last year's 32% and the five-year average of 24%, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service crop report. Last week only 2% had been planted.

Soybean planting was 6% done, near last year's 7% and the average of 4%. Last week 1% had been planted.

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Aerial image of field showing differences between 15-inch and 30-inch row spacings
Figure 1. TerrAvion aerial imagery taken on Aug 4, 2017 at Chase County site showing less vigor and higher thermal stress in 30-inch row soybeans than in 15-inch row soybeans.

How Row Spacng Affects Irrigated Soybean in Southwest Nebraska

April 27, 2018
While continuous corn is the most common cropping sequence in southwest Nebraska, adding soybeans to a rotation could help break pest cycles. On-farm research comparing 15- and 30-inch soybean row spacing found increased yields of 4-12 bu/ac with an average 7 bu/ac increase with 15-inch rows.

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Broadleaf weeds

Q&A: Which Dicamba Product Should I Use to Kill Broadleaf Cover Crops or Burndown Weeds Before Xtend Soybean?

April 27, 2018
With a delayed or compressed planting season, this week several growers asked whether they could immediately plant soybeans after a dicamba application. See how Extension Weed Scientist Amit Jhala replied.

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Cereal rye in corn stubble
Figure 1. Cereal rye planted as a cover crop in many fields is slow-growing this spring. Combining a cover crop termination and PRE application may be a valuable time-saver this year, if used correctly.

Q&A on Terminating Cereal Rye, Applying a PRE

April 25, 2018
A grower asked: My cereal rye cover crop is only 3 to 5 inches tall going into planting season. Can I combine two field operations in one by applying glyphosate to terminate cereal rye and tank-mixing it with a residual herbicide for early season weed control?

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Nebraska Corn and Soybean Planting Gets Started

April 24, 2018

For the week ending April 22, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported corn planting in Nebraska at 2%, behind last year's 15% and the five-year average of 9%.

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