aerial view of wheat trial field
Figure 1. 2020 Areal image of spring wheat demo plot at Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant, NE.

Spring Wheat Research in Western Nebraska

August 13, 2020
Many farmers view spring wheat as a rotational crop with a purpose to break the weed and pest cycles, build up the residue cover and increase yield of corn the following years.

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USDA Crop Progress Report, Aug. 10

August 10, 2020
Corn condition is rated 78% good to excellent, 67% dough stage and 14% dented, well ahead of last year and the average. Soybean condition is rated 81% good to excellent and 81% are setting pods, also ahead of average. Sorghum and dry edible beans continue to progress ahead of this time last year as well, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Crop Progress Report for July 27

July 27, 2020
Corn is rated 75% good to excellent and progressing ahead of the five-year average. Soybean is rated 80% good to excellent and also progressing ahead of the five-year average, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The winter wheat harvest is nearly complete (93%) and dry edible beans are progressing ahead of the previous year.

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wheat stem sawfly adult

Wheat Stem Sawfly Infestations Continue to Impact Harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle

July 23, 2020
WSS damage in winter wheat was first noted in Nebraska in the early to mid-1990s in Banner County near the Wyoming border. It has continued to increase ever since and now is a very significant issue.

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https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2020/crop-progress-report-july-20
2019 Harlan County Wheat Plot Tour. Photo courtesy of Dawn Hetrick, Harlan County Extension Office.

Selecting Winter Wheat Varieties - Best for Your Cropping System

July 21, 2020
Variety selection is one of the most important decisions a winter wheat grower has to make. The right or wrong decision can enhance or negate all other factors in profitable wheat farming.

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Crop Progress Report for July 20

July 20, 2020
Corn is progressing near the five-year average with 61% silking, while soybean is progressing ahead of average with 75% blooming and 31% setting pods. Both crops declined slightly in condition since last week according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The winter wheat harvest is progressing ahead of average at 79% complete.

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Corn, Soybean Progress Ahead of Last Year

July 14, 2020
Corn is rated 70% good to excellent and progressing ahead of last year but behind the five-year average. Soybean is rated 73% good to excellent and is progressing ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Winter wheat harvest is ahead of previous years with 50% complete.

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Ecofallow system - corn planted in wheat stubble

Increase Dryland Corn or Grain Sorghum Yields by 35 Bushel per Acre by Controlling Weeds in Wheat Stubble

July 10, 2020
Research indicates that 3 inches of water are saved in the soil profile when weeds are controlled in a timely manner after the winter wheat harvest. Each inch of soil water increases the yield of corn or grain sorghum by approximately 12 bushels.

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