Crops for the Future
LANDLORD/TENANT CASH LEASE WORKSHOP
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 HAY AND FORAGE HOTLINE
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
SOME PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Rental Agreement Lease Forms (free to download - PDF format)
- Cash Farm Lease (with Flexible Provisions) NCR-76
- Crop-share or Crop-share/Cash Farm Lease NCR-77
- Irrigation Crop-share or Crop-share/Cash Farm Lease NCR-106
- Pasture Lease CR-109
- Farm Building or Livestock Facility Lease NCR-215
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 https://middleloup.unl.edu/zen. 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.
Additional Publications can be found at: http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/index.jsp
(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.)
WEB SITE OF INTEREST
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 RuralTax.org 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 http://ruraltax.org for more information about the project, or you can contact Ward at: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Source: eXtension.org and Pork News staff
As of Monday, 74% of the state's corn was rated good to excellent. Thirty-three percent was at silking, near the 5-year average of 32%. Soybeans were 72% good to excellent with 55% of the crop blooming, well ahead of 40% for the 5-year average. (Photo by Patrick Wright)
- Cool Conditions May Lead to White Mold in Soybeans. Outbreaks develop during flowering stage, particularly under cooler temperatures.
- It's Time to Begin Scouting for Soybean Aphid. While few aphids have been reported so far, this could quickly change under the right conditions. See aphid biology, beneficial predators, and scouting methods and apps.
- Managing Soybean Aphids. Treatment thresholds, recommendations, and why you still need to scout resistant varieties.
- CropWatch SCN Poll: What you Said. Two-thirds of respondents say sampling is on their radar for this year.
- Control Volunteer Winter Wheat Now for Higher Yields Next Year. Each year wheat producers lose millions of dollars in potential income by not controlling volunteer winter wheat and providing a green bridge for wheat streak mosaic.
- Controlling Weeds Post-Harvest in Winter Wheat Timely control of weeds following winter wheat harvest can limit soil moisture loss to weeds and prevent the deposit of more weed seeds in the soil, two factors that can benefit the next crop's yield.
- Wheat Production Workshop Aug. 4 at the UNL Panhandle Center. Register by July 28.
- Soybeans and Sunflowers as Forage after Wheat. Consider your forage needs and whether these might be good options this year.
- Storm Damage Response Information. 2013 CW articles offer information to help with post-storm management decision-making.
- More Storm Damage Articles (2014)
Insect and Disease Management
- The Economic Injury Level and the Economic Threshold in IPM. How these terms differ and why understanding the difference is important to your pest management strategies.
- Plant Disease Reports by District for Corn and Soybean. See what's being reported where.
- Light Trap Reports for south central, west central, and northeast sites.
- Field Reports from Extension. Wheat harvest is about to begin in the Panhandle and insects and diseases are generally staying at low levels.
- Segments from this week's Market Journal cover timely weed control after wheat harvest, managing spray drift, planting forages into wheat stubble, and the current grain market.
IANR & Extension Programs
Making A Difference
Impact Summary Reports
- UNL Extension Impact Report
- Beef Systems
- 4-H Impact Report
- The Learning Child
- Guardianship / Conservator Training Program
- Agricultural Economics
- Cropping Systems Productivity
- Crop / Plant Science - Youth Education
- Food, Nutrition & Health
- Agriculture Water Management
- Animal Manure Management
- Water, Climate & Environment - Community
- Business Ventures and Innovation
- Nebraska Broadband Initiative
- Entrepreneurial Communities
- ESI and Beyond
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
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).
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.