CropWatch Index of Stories for February, 2013
With a few warmer days this week, one farmer in central Nebraska took to the field to do some stalk shredding. Temperatures over the next two weeks are expected to vary considerably with two winter storms on the horizon. (Photo by Gary Zoubek)
- Cassman Says Yield Potential Predictions Can Help Global Food Security. “We need to have a much finer ability to predict the productive capacity of every hectare of land and its water efficiency. It’s fundamental to being able to prioritize the research agenda for agriculture and to determine what form agriculture should take,” said Ken Cassman, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy at UNL. Cassman was speaking Feb. 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.
- Adjusting Pasture Leases for Drought. When should cattle be moved into pasture and at what point should they be removed if conditions are dry? How should the pasture be managed for long-term health? The author highlights issues for landlord-tenant discussions.
- 53 Nebraska Crop Budgets Updated to Reflect Current Prices, Practices. Farmland, crop insurance, and many input prices increase while fertilizer prices trended downward. Budgets are available in downloadable PDFS and in Excel worksheets you can customize to your operation.
- New Extension Publication: Building your Agribusiness Presence Online, a guide for marketing and social media development.
- Free Farm Finance Clinics Offered in February to provide private legal and business counsel for ag operations.
- March Workshops Tackle Weed Resistance Management. It's going to take a community of individual efforts to control the development of herbicide-resistant weeds in Nebraska. Learn what you can do now in one of several meetings being held in March.
- Managing Stored Drought-Stressed Corn in Early Spring. As temperatures fluctuate and start to warm, keep an eye on grain quality and be prepared to move any that had confirmed mycotoxins at harvest.
- Forage Production with Limited Precipitation or Irrigation (UNL Drought Resources)
- Market Journal Weighs Farm Program Benefits and Looks at Ethanol Production
- Market Journal Looks at Wheat Exports and Farm Program Changes for 2013
- Ag Land Prices, Export Process, and Grain Markets on UNL's Market Journal (Feb. 1)
Crops for Youth
Extension Meetings and Resources
- New to Sorghum? Learn from Experienced Growers at Sorghum U Feb. 19. See agenda.
- Temple Grandin to Headline 2013 Women in Ag Conference Feb. 21-22
- February Irrigation Conference Saturated with Information
- Economic Outlooks to Cover TImely Information for Production and Marketing Decisions in 2013
- UNL Extension Offers Crop Scout Training March 13
- Reminder: Nebraska Agriculture Technology Association Conference Feb. 13-14 in Grand Island
- Wilber Crop Clinic to Focus on Water Issues, Timely Grower Info Feb. 8
- Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research Results Feb. 11, 12
- Tuesday Heuermann Lecture to Focus on Future of Food
- Nebraska No-till Conferences at Hallam Feb. 12 and Holdrege Feb. 14
- No-till Cover Crop Meeting Feb. 15 in Colorado
- See UNL's Drought Resources for information on crop, livestock, home, and family response to the drought.
On this week's Market Journal Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, weighs enrollment in the ACRE and direct and counter-cyclical farm programs and outlines the upcoming Cornhusker Economics meetings. See more segments from this week's Market Journal.