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UNL CropWatch April-23

Apr 23, 2018, 09:22 AM by Clint Hawks

Corn & Soybean Production



Research plots of various soybean planting dates

Amplifying Positive Impacts of Early Soybean Planting


The benefits of planting soybean near May 1 are well documented with yield increases of 1/4 - 5/8 bu/ac. Now, what are the next steps to expand on these benefits? Are different maturity groups warranted? Who is planting what MG where?



Nitrogen-deficient corn

Nitrogen Fertilizer Stabilizers in Corn


Will nitrogen stabilizers help keep your nitrogen in the soil profile, ready to feed your corn? Nebraska studies offer insight into how they performed across multiple years. Now, if you only knew how many inches of rain you'll get the first six weeks after application.



Wheat Production



Wheat leaf with stripe rust

Start Scouting for Wheat Diseases


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.



Weed Management



How Temperature and Rain Can Affect Burndown Herbicides


Finding a good time for burndown herbicide applications has been a little tricky this spring, given the below-normal temperatures the first half of April and intermittent snow and rain, all of which can decrease herbicide efficacy. Checking the forecast can help identify an optimal window for application.



Cover Crops



Cover crops

Timing of Cover Crop Termination and Related Factors


Should the cold spring delay cover crop termination? Growers walk a fine line between growing cover crops long enough to get the biomass they want without reducing yield in the following grain crop. This discussion looks at various factors to consider.



Cereal rye cover crop

Q&A on Grazing Cereal Rye after an Anhydrous Application


This week a CropWatch reader asked: Can you safely graze cover crop rye this spring after anhydrous has been applied? That depends on several factors, write three forage & beef extension specialists.



Pesticide Safety



Why and Where to Recycle Your Ag Pesticide Containers


After applying ag chemicals to your field, rinse and recycle the plastic containers at one of 18 sites across the state. This is the 27th year for the Nebraska program, which in 2017 collected 89,000 pounds of containers.



Wearing gloves and goggles to clean pesticide containers

How-to's for Prepping Pesticide Containers for Recycling


Properly rinsing and recycling pesticide containers saves money, protects you and the environment, and meets federal and state regulations for pesticide use. Here's how to safely prep your containers for recycling.



Ag News & Crop Reports



Wheat field in eastern Nebraska, April 2018

Wheat Condition 55% Good-Excellent


Wheat condition was rated 12% excellent, 43% good, 38% fair, 6% poor, and 1% very poor in Monday's crop condition report by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. It included corn planting, at 1%, for the first time in 2018.



Fed by Science Logo

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Joins National Ag Research Initiative


The university has joined 15 public and private universities in FedByScience, an effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research and share how scientific discoveries are improving food production and distribution.



Market Journal: Consider Selling New & Old Crop Now - May


Also on this week's Market Journal: An overview of policy changes in the new farm bill, ethanol production, blizzard impacts on cow-calf production, and the forecast for the coming week.



Farm Management



The Three Types of "Yes" in Negotiations


If you walk into a negotiation pushing only your agenda and looking for your "Yes," you may miss out on crucial details and not end up where you think you should be. Getting to a well understood "Yes" is critical to good negotiations.

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