CropWatch December 20, 2012 - January 4, 2013
December 20, 2012 — January 4, 2013
- Expect More Impacts as Nebraska Drought Rolls into Second Year. Crop production, water supplies, wildlife, and wildfires all were impacted by the drought. While usually slow to develop, last year's drought was quick. See a series of maps showing how the drought developed across the state from January to December and what it meant for the state.
- National Perspective: Historic "Flash Drought" to Continue into 2013. The drought that swept across wide areas of the United States in the past year was historically unusual in its speed, its intensity, and its size, say climatologists at the National Drought Mitigation Center. Forecasts show little hope of quick improvement, deepening the negative effects on agriculture, water supplies, food prices, and wildlife.
- Drought Affecting Much of Panhandle Winter Wheat Crop, which is slower and thinner than normal in many areas. For some growers replanting may be the best option, while for others, good rains at the right time may give the wheat a second or third chance.
- Corn Populations and Deficit Irrigation in Western Nebraska. Many irrigators in western Nebraska may be looking at an uncertain and costly water supply this year. Previous research on deficit irrigation in a no-till crop rotation provides some insight into seeding rates.
Weather & Climate
- Growing Degree Day Accumulations for Corn under Spring and Fall Freeze Risks
- Rains Moisten Topsoil, Do Little at Greater Depths
Alfalfa & Forage Production
- Is Roundup Ready Alfalfa the Right Choice for Your Operation? Match your seed with your operation's needs.
- In this Year's Alfalfa the More Snow, the Better
IANR News & Events
- Crop Production Clinics to Cover Research and Product Updates, Resistance Management. Clinics start in Hastings, North Platte, and Gering next week and continue across the state for the next two weeks.
- Dry Edible Bean Day Jan. 8 at Gering
- Marketing Recommendations Among Topics at Jan. 10 Corn Expo in Fremont
- Nebraska Scholarships Offered for No-till Conference
- Livestock Handling Expert Temple Grandin is Heuermann Lecturer Jan. 15
- Sorghum Productivity Seminars Jan. 22-23
- Soybean Field Day Results to be Shared at January Programs
- UNL Ag Research Division's "Big Idea Seminars" Continue in January and February
- Lecture Series to Cover Timely Water Topics
- DuPont Honors UNL Professor for Work on Genomic Selection