Crops for the Future

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Crop Production Clinics Offer Continuing Education

The annual Crop Production Clinics will help producers and professionals alike to improve profitability, sustainability and safety

The clinics are the primary venue for commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the Ag Plant, Regulatory and Demonstration/Research categories.

Certified Crop Advisors can earn a maximum of six continuing education units when they bring their CCA number to apply. Available units include: six for integrated pest management, two for soil and water, one for nutrient management, one for crop production and two for professional development.


Nebraska Farmers who have drought damaged corn which could be swathed and baled, chopped, or grazed can list that on the Nebraska Hay and Forage Hotline. The hotline is available free of charge for buyers and seller to list feed resources. Call the hotline at 1-800-422-6692 to list the forage you have or to list your need for forage.

The information link is on the University of Nebraska Extension drought website. It can also be accessed at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Website . In the upper left corner of the Websibe use the search NE Ag to query Hay and Forage Hotline


Notes of drought stressed corn from various sources

Rental Agreement Lease Forms (free to download - PDF format)

A Guide for Communication in Livestock Operations, EC142
Over 250 words and phrases related to livestock production have been translated from English to Spanish to farm and ranch workers, and others communicate more easily.

2012 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part I, EC823
Results of a spring survey of farm custom rates for spring and summer operations, including planting and small grains harvest. Based on surveys of custom operators in eight regions of Nebraska and updated every two years.

2012 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part II, EC826
Results of a spring survey of farm custom rates for fall, winter and miscellaneous operations, including harvest, transportation and making silage. It's based on surveys of custom operators in eight regions of Nebraska and updated every two years.

Fall Seed Guide 2010, EC103
Results of 2010 variety tests for winter wheat, alfalfa, and oats. See the CropWatch Variety Testing Web Site for further variety test results.

Spring Seed Guide 2011, EC101
Corn, soybean, sunflower and alfalfa 2010 variety test results from University of Nebraska-Lincoln field trials, with site descriptions and commentary. For more information or to compare results to previous years, visit the Variety Testing section of CropWatch.

2011 Guide to Weed Management in Nebraska with Insecticide and Fungicide Information, EC130
Research results and recommendations on weed management in Nebraska crop production, now with fungicide and insecticide information for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Use the Table of Contents and bookmarks to access specific sections. A print edition of this 262-page Extension circular is available from either the Holt or Boyd Extension offices or can be ordered online at Cost is $10.

Nebraska Crop Budgets, 2012, EC 872
Track revenue and costs for 13 crops and 50 cropping systems using the 2011 Nebraska crop budget and energy conversion worksheets. This EC also contains tables of power, machinery, labor, and input costs used to develop the budgets.

Soybean Planting Date – When and Why, EC145
UNL research suggests that soybeans planted before May 1 in Nebraska will often outyield those planted after that date. Learn why this happens and view three years of yield data from eastern Nebraska. Also includes risks to early planting.

Alfalfa Insects I
Photos and identification information for insect pests of alfalfa in Nebraska, including alfalfa weevil; clover leaf weevil; blister beetles; army, variegated and dingy cutworms; alfalfa caterpillar, and the green cloverworm. The first of two publications on this topic.

Alfalfa Insect II
Photos and identification information for insect pests of alfalfa in Nebraska, including the pea, spotted alfalfa, cowpea, and blue alfalfa aphids; potato leafhopper; and plant bug. The second of two publications on this topic.

Beneficial Insects I
Photos and identification information for beneficial insects of Nebraska crops, including minute pirate bug, damsel bug, green lacewing, spined soldier bug, brown lacewing, big-eyed bug, and assassin bug. The first of two publications on this topic.

Beneficial Insects II
Photos and identification information for beneficial insects of Nebraska crops, including lady beetles, ground beetles, flower fly, ichneumonid wasp, braconid wasp, phytoseid mite, and the tachinid fly. The second of two publications on this topic.

Corn Insects I
Photos and identification information for insect pests of corn in Nebraska, including European corn borer, western bean cutworm, corn earworm, black cutworm, armyworm, fall armyworm, and common stalk borer. The first of two publications on this topic.

Corn Insects II
Photos and identification information for insect pests of corn in Nebraska, including western and northern corn rootworms, seed corn maggot, wireworm, southern corn leaf beetle, corn leaf aphid, twospotted spider mite, banks grass mite, corn flea beetle; white grub, chinch bugs and seed corn beetle. The second of two publications on this topic.

Grasshoppers of Nebraska
This field guide to Nebraska grasshoppers includes color plates, species descriptions, coverage maps and more.

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(To identify publications of interest to you, browse the publication topics or use the search engine. Many publications are available in a Web-friendly format as well as a printer-friendly PDF format.)


Help to Track Tax Changes
As more USDA programs are linked in multiple ways to federal income tax returns, there is an increasing need to have accurate information available for farmers, ranchers and other producers.

According to Ruby Ward, Utah State University Cooperative Extension economist and co-chair of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee, a new Web site has been created to provide agricultural producers with a source for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both current and easy to understand. Ward is project lead and received a grant from USDA-Risk Management Agency to create the website. Utah State Cooperative Extension hosts the site.

"Rural Tax Education is a project undertaken by the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee to provide accurate, reviewed materials about income tax topics for farmers, ranchers and other producers," Ward says. "This information is written in plain language that is accessible to farmers and ranchers. Rather than just a collection of materials, it is a website that can be continually updated to reflect changes in tax laws."

Ward points out that the committee has more than 50 years of working with the Internal Revenue Service to edit "Publication 225: The Farmer's Tax Guide." The committee is comprised of representatives from more than 12 land-grant universities around the country.

The recently launched website includes 20 peer-reviewed fact sheets on such topics as the definition of a farmer, depreciation and 1099 information returns. It also includes a sample federal income tax return with a farming example and links to other verified information.

"Information is available, but not all of it is accurate and dependable," Ward notes. "Links on the website will go to information that's been determined to be accurate and beneficial. With additional funding and commitment, the website will expand over time."

Access the new tax Web site at for more information about the project, or you can contact Ward at:

Source: and Pork News staff



map of 7-day average soil temperatures at 4 inches
Seven-day average soil temperatures 4 inches below the soil surface under bare soil as of 7 a.m. Friday, April 10. This was the crop insurance initial planting date for much of Nebraska as set by USDA Risk Management Agency (see map).

April 10, 2015

Corn Production

  • Dryland Corn Seeding Rates for Western Nebraska. Based on UNL research, agronomist Bob Klein discusses how optimum seeding rates are affected by stored soil water, crop residue level, and hybrid selection and shares data and recommended populations.
  • Skip-Row Corn Planting. UNL research shows how skip-row planting can increase yield from dryland corn in western Nebraska, given there's enough wheat residue in the field.

Soybean Production

Insect Management

Fertilizer Management


  • April Forecast. Al Dutcher looks at when we're likely to see further precipitation and urges farmers to watch forecasts and soil temps when starting to plant.
  • Nebraska Ag Climate Update for April. Tyler Williams takes a look at the weather record for March and what's predicted for planting season.

Cover Crops

Market Journal

  • View segments on soil moisture conditions and planting recommendatins to avoid early season corn seedling diseaes, a grain market update, and the forecast for the coming week.


Making A Difference


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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.