Field of Panhandle wheat

Panhandle Wheat Report May 3, 2019

Wheat growth in the Panhandle has been hampered by cold temperatures this spring and is behind normal development, but overall it is expected to yield well.

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Figure 1. Snow and freezing temperatures in the Nebraska Panhandle this week are likely to cause some leaf burn in wheat, but are not expected to cause extensive crop damage. (Photo by Cody Creech)

Assessing Freeze Injury to Winter Wheat May 2, 2019

With freezing temperatures in the Panhandle May 1-2, wheat injury may have occurred. This guide addresses injury potential at various growth stages, factors contributing to injury, and why it's important to delay assessment for several days afterward.

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Wheat field

USDA Ag Research Develops Calculation Correction for Grain Quality Test May 1, 2019

Scientists and engineers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service have developed a more precise method to determine a major factor in grain quality used to characterize the suitability of the wheat for processing into foods.

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Corn and Soybean Planting Near Last Year's Progress April 29, 2019

As of Monday, April 29, corn planting at 16% was near last year, but behind average and soybean, at 3% was near last year and the average. Winter wheat condition was 68% good to excellent.

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Given market prices, grazing winter wheat rather than harvesting for grain may be more profitable for some growers this year.
Grazing winter wheat rather than harvesting for grain may be more profitable for some growers this year.

Evaluating Winter Wheat for Use as Forage or Grain April 29, 2019

Current market conditions for wheat along with the price and short availability of hay is setting up a scenario where the winter wheat crop may have more value for grazing or as a hay crop this spring than harvesting it for grain.

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(L-R) Wheat leaves with stripe rust, leaf rust, and powdery mildew

It is Time to Start Scouting for Wheat Diseases April 18, 2019

The wheat growing season in Nebraska has started and and regular scouting for early disease detection is recommended, and will be especially important this year due to the excessive moisture we've had.

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Nebraska map showing departure from normal precipitation in inches for the last 6 months (9/25/2018 through 3/24/2019, generated on 3/25/2019 at HPRCC)

Topdressing Winter Wheat with Fertilizer Nitrogen March 26, 2019

Spring topdressing winter wheat with fertilizer N is an effective way to enhance winter wheat production and profitability. Check soil moisture and fertilizer and wheat prices to help determine N needs.

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NASS: Nebraska Wheat 61% Good-Excellent March 25, 2019

Nebraska winter wheat condition was rated 8% excellent, 34% fair, 53% good, 4% poor, and 1% very poor, according to the March 25 Nebraska crop report from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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