Windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)
Figure 1. Cutting and windrowing forage wheat in south central Nebraska for processing into wheatlage. (Photos by Todd Whitney)

Wheat Forage Options and Considerations May 17, 2018

This spring many Nebraska livestock producers facing low forage supplies may be looking for new sources, such as from wheat. This Nebraska research on harvest timing suggests how to optimize feed value from wheat forage.

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Wheat field exhibiting symptoms of sulfur deficiency.
Figure 1. Areas of yellow wheat on slopes in a field in Nuckolls County on April 27, 2010, typical of sulfur deficiency.

Addendum to May 11 Wheat Disease Update May 14, 2018

To differentiate sulfur deficiency from nitrogen deficiency in wheat, look for field patterns. Symptoms of yellowing limited to certain areas is more typical of sulfur deficiency. In addition, symptoms of sulfur deficiency are more conspicuous when soil temperatures are cold as in early spring.

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USDA: 72% of Nebraska Corn, 41% of Soybeans Planted May 14, 2018

Corn planting was 72% done, near last year's 74% and the five-year average of 70%; By Sunday, May 13, 26% had emerged, near 28% last year and the average of 25%, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Healthy field of wheat
Figure 1. A disease-free irrigated wheat field in Nuckolls County on May 9. (Photos by Stephen Wegulo)

Wheat Disease Update May 11, 2018

No diseases were found during a survey of wheat fields in south central and southeast Nebraska this week, but growers are urged to continue scouting as recent rains may create conditions favorable to disease development.

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Nebraska Wheat Crop Down 9% from 2017 - USDA May 10, 2018

Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 winter wheat crop is forecast at 42.6 million bushels, down 9% from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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42% of Nebraska's Corn, 16% of Soybeans in the Ground May 9, 2018

Corn planted was 42% done, near 46% for both last year and the five-year average, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending May 6. Two percent of the corn crop had emerged, behind 9% last year and the average of 10%.

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Previous wheat plot tour

Wheat Plot Tour May 30 near Fairbury May 9, 2018

Growers can learn about the latest wheat varieties and view many of them in the field at a May 30 Wheat Variety Plot Tour near Fairbury. It is the first of 11 wheat variety tours being held across the state this summer.

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2018 Wheat Quality Tour routes

Wheat Condition Update and Yield Estimate of 43.7 Million Bushels May 4, 2018

Wheat condition and yields are estimated across the state's production areas. With warmer temperatures and little rain in many areas, soil is drying and growers have expressed concern for wheat yield and quality.

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