USDA Forecasts Record Nebraska Corn Harvest

September 12, 2019
Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2019 corn crop is forecast at a record 1.79 billion bushels, up slightly from last year's production. Soybean production is forecast at 287 million bushels, down 14% from last year. See forecasts for sorghum, surgar beets and dry beans too.

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Corn and Soybean Condition Steady; Dry Bean Drops

August 29, 2019

For the week ending August 18, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following crop condition and progress:

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Frogeye leaf spot
Figure 1. Frogeye leaf spot on soybean

Frogeye Leaf Spot in Northeast Nebraska

August 19, 2019
Moderate to severe frogeye leaf spot is being reported on soybean in northeast Nebraska. Pathogen resistance to QoI fungicide is suspected in two fields. If you suspect resistance, contact the author for possible testing.

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Spring floods and soils that just didn't dry out led to prevented plant acres being reported on more than 400,000 acres of Nebraska cropland. Overall Nebraska ranked 16th in the nation on prevent plant acres.

USDA Reports 400,000 Acres of Prevented Plant Cropland in Nebraska

August 15, 2019
Crop producers across Nebraska reported more than 400,000 acres as prevented plant in 2019, ranking 16th nationally. How typical was your county? View county and state numbers from the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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Corn growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus. A new Nebraska study has quantified the benefits of irrigation among nine U.S. crops by analyzing yields from 1950 to 2015. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication)
Figure 1. Corn growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus. A new Nebraska study has quantified the benefits of irrigation among nine U.S. crops by analyzing yields from 1950 to 2015. (Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communication)

Gap Growing Between Irrigated, Rainfed Crop Yields

August 13, 2019
A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rainfed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap. Researchers analyzed annual yields of nine crops on a county-by-county basis from 1950 to 2015.

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Five-state map showing counties with confirmed infestations of soybean gall midge

Mid-Season Update on Soybean Gall Midge

August 7, 2019
Soybean gall midge infestations have been confirmed in six new Nebraska counties since 2018.Treatment is not recommended at this time, but scouting and reporting infestations will continue to be important to plan for management next year.

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Seven teams of youth, shown here, participated in the 6th Annual Crop Scouting Competition. The top two teams, Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club Team #1, will represent Nebraska at the Regional program in Iowa on August. 26. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle
Figure 1. Seven teams of youth participated in the 6th Annual Crop Scouting Competition. The top two teams, Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club #1 team, will represent Nebraska at the Regional program in Iowa on August. 26. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)

Youth Crop Scouting Event Tests Valuable Skills

July 31, 2019
Seven teams from across Nebraska participated in the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth, testing their skills scouting corn and soybean. The top two teams will represent Nebraska at the regional competition in Iowa in August.

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Figure 1. Research in northeast Nebraska indicates that adding alfalfa to a corn-soybean rotation can reduce nitrate in the aquifer while increasing profit.

Adding Alfalfa to Corn-Soybean Rotation can Increase Profit, Reduce Nitrate Leaching

July 31, 2019
University research shows that adding alfalfa into corn-soybean rotations can help reduce the loss of nitrate to and increase the extraction of nitrate from aquifers while improving profitability.

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