Early Chill May Impact Sugarbeet Quality

November 7, 2019
Low temperatures in western Nebraska may have caused some sugarbeets to start decaying, making them unacceptable for sugar production for human consumption but an economical source of feed for cattle.

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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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Sugar beet leaf with 3 very young, circular lesions induced by the CLS  pathogen, Cercospora betae.   If conditions are conducive, the disease can spread rapidly, even from this  small beginning.
Figure 1. Sugar beet leaf with three very young, circular lesions induced by the cercospora leaf spot pathogen, Cercospora betae. If conditions are conducive, the disease can spread rapidly, even from this small beginning.

Cercospora Leaf Spot Spotted in the Panhandle – Be Aware!

July 15, 2019
On July 15 symptoms characteristic of cercospora leaf spot were observed on the lower leaves of sugar beets at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. While it is unusually early for this disease, growers are urged to scout their fields as fungicide applications may be necessary.

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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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Specialty Crops Disease Update

January 10, 2019

The occurrence and distribution of plant pathogens are long known to be strongly influenced by the environment. We see evidence of this concept every season on specialty crops in western Nebraska, and 2018 was no exception.

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harvesting sugarbeets
Figure 1. Sugarbeet harvest near Scottsbluff, November 2018. (Photos by Gary Stone)

Sugar Beet Harvest Finishes Well

November 27, 2018
It was a good sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle and now beets are being processed. Nebraska ranks fifth in the nation in sugar beet production

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USDA NASS graph of annual US corn yields from 1998-2018

USDA Forecasts Record Nebraska Corn and Soybean Yield and Production

November 8, 2018
Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 corn crop is forecast at 1.80 billion bushels, up 7% from last year's production. Soybean production is forecast at 345 million bushels, up 6% from last year.

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Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service view sugarbeet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service observe sugarbeet harvest at a farm in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Foreign Ag Representatives View Nebraska Farms First-Hand

September 27, 2018
A group of 27 foreign agriculture attachés from 23 countries recently visited several ag production sites in Nebraska, including a farm near Morrill where sugarbeet harvest was underway.

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