Flooded field at ENREEC
Heavy rains in late May 2024 flood the fields of the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Q/A: What Impact Does Flooding and Saturated Soils Have on Wheat and Alfalfa?

May 24, 2024
Extension insights on crop recovery, disease and harvest considerations for flooded wheat and alfalfa fields.

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Green wheat field in Nebraska
Figure 1. Research plots at Havelock Research Farm in Lincoln, Lancaster County on May 23. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)

Wheat Disease Update for May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024
Stripe rust observations and severity have increased in Nebraska, and Fusarium head blight was detected at trace levels.

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Yellowed wheat field from wheat streak mosaic disease complex

Wheat Disease Update for May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024
The prevalence of stripe rust has significantly increased in Nebraska, with infections identified in 15 southern counties so far.

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Alfalfa weevil damage to plant

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (May 13-17)

May 16, 2024
Extension educators report on what they are seeing in the fields this week in Colfax, Butler, Polk, Adams, Kearney, Franklin and Webster counties, and the Panhandle.

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Wheat head with bleached top portion

Fusarium Head Blight Management

May 15, 2024
The frequent rainfall events in late April and early May in southeast Nebraska have set the stage for a potential 2024 Fusarium outbreak. Nebraska Extension outlines fungicide application timing and other management considerations.

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Tractor and grain truck harvesting silage
Though delaying small grain harvest can produce higher yields, it also decreases crude protein content. Producers should consider the animal being fed and feeding method before harvesting to get the most out of these crops.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preparing for First Cutting Alfalfa, Small Grain Harvest Strategies

May 14, 2024
With the first harvest of 2024 beginning soon, producers should take this time to perform equipment maintenance and strategize the timing of alfalfa and small grains harvest based on operational needs.

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Roller crimper
Crimping rye at a mild angle using a roller crimper. (CropWatch file photo by Rich Little)

Farmers Invited to Attend Roller Crimper Workshop June 5

May 10, 2024
This short program will include a roller crimper demo, discussion on what conditions must be met to be successful with this termination method, and insights from farmers on their experiences with crimping.

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Field with wheat disease

Wheat Disease Update: Stripe Rust Confirmed in Nebraska

May 10, 2024
The appearance of wheat disease has increased in Nebraska, with new observations of stripe rust in several counties and low levels of barley yellow dwarf and leaf spot diseases.

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