Figure 1. A grower’s wheat field in Webster County with low disease levels on May 23. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)
Figure 1. A grower’s wheat field in Webster County with low disease levels on May 23. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)

Wheat Disease Update

May 24, 2019
Several diseases were found in wheat in south central and eastern Nebraska this week and scab is likely to develop, given current conditions. Growers are encouraged to decide now as to whether to treat as once it appears, it's too late to treat.

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Figure 1. Wheat flowering in Clay County

Wheat Update

May 24, 2019
Wheat growth is running 7-10 days behind normal across much of the state, which may push the grain-fill period into some of the hottest days of the wheat season. Delayed development likely helped most wheat escape injury from snow and low temperatures early this week.

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2018 Saline County Wheat Variety Trials
Figure 1. Like these 2018 Wheat Variety Trials in Saline County, the 2019 trial just north of Fairbury will offer growers an opportunity to view current and experimental varieties and talk with wheat experts from the university and industry. (Photo by Randy Pryor)

Wheat Variety Tour June 13 Near Fairbury

May 22, 2019
The first of the 2019 Winter Wheat Variety Plot Tours will be held Thursday, June 13, north of Fairbury. Growers and agribusiness are invited to view and compare current varieties and experimentals and hear presentations by wheat researchers.

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(Photo by Nathan Mueller)
Photo by Nathan Mueller

Only 27% of Corn, 7% of Soybean Emerged

May 21, 2019
With several sunny days last week planting progressed with 70% of corn and 40% of soybeans now planted. Continued progress will likely be delayed in many areas where there was rain and even snow early this week.

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Powdery mildew in wheat

Levels of Wheat Diseases Low, But Likely to Increase

May 17, 2019
A survey of wheat fields May 13-16 in the southeast, south central, southwest, and southern Panhandle regions of Nebraska revealed trace to low levels of disease, with most fields a luxuriant green with a high yield potential.

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USDA NASS: Corn Planting at 46%, Soybean at 20%

May 13, 2019
As of Sunday 46% of the state's corn was planted, up from 35% last week, but well behind the five-year average of 72%. Approximately 20% of soybean had been planted, up from 14% last week, but well behind the average of 32%.

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Options for Failed Wheat

May 10, 2019
Farmers who have lost wheat because of harsh winter weather should consider the crop insurance implications of planting another crop. This article examines crop insurance considerations for producers who selected the “Winter Coverage Endorsement.”

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Estimate by USDA NASS of winter wheat acres to be harvested in 2019 and difference from 2018. Nebraska is to harvest 1,000,000 wheat acres, down 10,000 from 2018.
Estimate by USDA NASS of winter wheat acres to be harvested in 2019 and difference from 2018. Nebraska is to harvest 1,000,000 wheat acres, down 10,000 from 2018. (Source: USDA NASS May 2010)

Nebraska Wheat Crop Forecast at 50 Million Bushels

May 10, 2019
Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2019 winter wheat crop is forecast at 50 million bushels, up 1% from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre.

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