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%.
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.
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.
Winter wheat in the Nebraska Panhandle continues to be rated above average with most of the wheat rated good to excellent. Winter wheat in the west central, south central, and eastern areas is more varied, as described in this wheat progress and condition report.
Winter wheat field days will be held at 11 sites in Nebraska this summer, starting May 30 in Jefferson County and ending June 22 in Box Butte County. Each site will feature 25-50 released and experimental wheat varieties from companies selling wheat seed in Nebraska .
Spring is the ideal time to apply nitrogen (N) to winter wheat to ensure top yields. Adequate N levels promote tillering, large head size, and are the primary factor determining the protein level of the grain at harvest. There are a few things to consider to optimize N applied to wheat.
With the predicted return to more normal temperatures, it's time to get into wheat fields and start scouting. Stripe rust has already been reported in southeastern Kansas and is expected to move northward. Included is a table of fungicide efficacy ratings for disease management in wheat.