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Thursday August 9, 2018
Soybean Disease Update
Scouting soybean fields in early August is important to help identify potential disease issues. Seedling infections that happen early in the growing season, are now showing up in the crop. Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/tags/soybean-disease

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Tuesday August 7, 2018
Corn Disease Update
A number of diseases have been reported and confirmed in corn samples from around the state as weather conditions continue to be favorable for many diseases. producers and crop consultants should continue to scout and monitor for disease and their potential impact on yield to assess if treatment in needed. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/corn

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Monday August 6, 2018
Soybean Management Field Days & Crop Production Clinics
For 20 years, Soybean Management Field Days and crop production clinics have been helping Nebraska growers stay competitive in the global marketplace. Field days and clinics with take place across the state during August. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/soydays/

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Thursday August 2, 2018
Post Harvest Winter Wheat Weed Control
Timely control of weeds after winter wheat harvest can limit soil moisture loss to weeds and prevent the deposit of more weed seeds in the soil. Nebraska Extension Western Crop Specialist Bob Klein says timing and split applications can help keep the weeds down in wheat stands.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/post-harvest-weed-control-winter-wheat

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Tuesday July 31, 2018
Water Smart Irrigation
New technology is being developed at the University of Nebraska to help farmers conserve water and cut down on nitrogen applications. Nebraska Extension Irrigation Specialist Bill Kranz says programmable center pivots along with GPS and satellite imagery will let farmers control the amount of water and fertilizers being applied in a more precisely.MP3
https://water.unl.edu

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Wednesday July 25, 2018
Scouting For Japanese Beetles In Corn And Soybeans
Japanese Beetles are starting to make an impact on crops like corn and soybeans. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Bob Wright says scouting your fields is the first step in controlling the pests. The beetles have typically been a problem for homeowners in Omaha and Lincoln, but are now being found in crops as far west as Lexington.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/scout-corn-and-soybean-japanese-beetles

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Thursday July 18, 2018
Hops Research Project
The possibility of hops becoming a specialty crop in Nebraska has been the focus of a research project sponsored by Nebraska Extension. Program Coordinator Katie Kreuser says there have been a few varieties of hops that have done very well in Nebraska’s growing conditions and craft brewers are starting to take notice.MP3
https://agronomy.unl.edu/nebraska-hops

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Friday July 6, 2018
Glyphosate Resistant Palmer Amaranth Field Day
Herbicide resistant palmer amaranth has made its way into every corner of the state and Nebraska Extension is offering a field day to discuss cultural and chemical methods of controlling it. The Glyphosate Resistant Palmer Amaranth Management Field day is July 11 at Carleton Nebraska near Geneva.MP3
https://agronomy.unl.edu/palmer

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Wednesday July 4, 2018
Grasshopper Management
Usually we don’t have any concerns about grasshoppers until it’s too late. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Bob Wright says the best way to keep grasshoppers under control is to manage them while they are young and small. Doing so will require much less pesticide and effort.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/grasshopper-control-most-effective-early-season

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Monday July 2, 2018
Soil Health Clinic
Soil Health is the topic of a clinic offered by Nebraska Extension July 18th at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. Nebraska Extension Educator Keith Glewen says the clinic is not just for crop producers, but for anyone who wants to learn about good soil health.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/soil-health-training-july-18-enrec

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Wednesday May 16, 2018
The Economic Benefits of Manure
Previously we focused on the value of manure on croplands. This feature we take a look at how applications of manure can economically benefit producers. Rick Koelsch, Nebraska Extension Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer.MP3
https://water.unl.edu/article/animal-manure-management/what-economic-value-manure

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Monday May 14, 2018
The Benefits of Manure
Recycling animal manure from feedlots has tremendous benefits for crop soil. By adding this organic material, it can help with erosion and runoff. Rick Koelsch, Nebraska Extension Livestock Bioenvironmental Engineer.MP3
https://water.unl.edu/article/animal-manure-management/finding-win-win-opportunities-manure-2

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Wednesday April 25, 2018
Field Crop Scout Training
The Field Crop Scout Training workshop is being offered by Nebraska Extension May 9thto help participants identify crop insect and disease pests. The introductory course is ideal for high school and college students or anyone else who wants to help manage corn and soybean pests. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/nebraska-extension-offers-may-field-crop-scout-training-0

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Tuesday April 10, 2018
Sulphur Cinquefoil
An invasive flower has cropped up around field edges in Northwest Nebraska. Sulphur Cinquefoil isn’t a threat now, but could become a serious problem if left untreated. Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/sulphur-cinquefoil-invasive-species-nebraska

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Monday April 2, 2018
Controlling Weeds in Winter Wheat
Many winter wheat fields were seeded late last fall because of rainfall at normal planting time. The late seeding resulted in stands that are not as competitive with weeds and younger plants that can be more susceptible to herbicide injury. Bob Klein, University of Nebraska Extension Western Crop Specialist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/controlling-weeds-winter-wheat-particularly-late-seeded-fields-and-fertilizingnd-fertilizer-now

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Friday March 23, 2018
Capturing Value in Cropping Systems Using Cattle
Grazing cattle on cropland can be a win-win situation for both crop production and livestock feeding. A Nebraska Extension field day on April 4 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead will provide a unique learning and networking opportunity for cattle operators and those involved in crop production. Kristen Ulmer, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/capturing-value-cropping-systems-using-cattle-focus-april-4-field-day

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Tuesday March 13, 2018
Removing Dicamba Residue From Your Sprayer
Soybeans are especially susceptible to damage from the chemical herbicide dicamba. Because of this, producers need to make an extra effort to clean out their sprayers after an application of dicamba to avoid any unintentional damage. Bob Klein, University of Nebraska Extension Western Crop Specialist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/removing-dicamba-residues-your-sprayer-tricky-task

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Thursday March 8, 2018
Crop Scout Training Sessions
Industry representatives and corn and soybean growers wanting to learn how to better manage corn and soybean pests should plan to attend the Nebraska Extension crop scout training for pest managers program March 13 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. Keith Glewen, University of Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/nebraska-extension-crop-scout-training-march-13

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Friday February 23, 2018
Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference
The Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference is scheduled for Monday, March 5th at the Kimmel Ag Expo Center in Syracuse. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Lesoing says extension educators as well as farmers will discuss the importance of maintaining soil health and the benefits of cover crops.MP3
https://nfs.unl.edu/CommunityForestry/hirearborist.asp

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Tuesday February 20, 2018
Importance of Soil Health
Agricultural crops need good soil in order to maintain good plant health, so it goes without saying that taking care of the soil will only help your plant through stressful situations during the growing season. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Lesoing says good soil will help crops continue to thrive in drought, flooding and produce higher yields.MP3
https://water.unl.edu/article/animal-manure-management/evaluating-soil-health

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Friday February 16, 2018
Benefits of Cover Crops for Grain Producers
Cover crops offer many benefits, such as improved soil heath and reduced erosion. The challenges lie in the details, including what cover crops to use and how to use them. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/cover-crops

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Monday February 12, 2018
Nebraska Cover Crop Conference
The Nebraska Cover Crop Conference will be held, February 15th at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. Nebraska Extension Educator Keith Glewen says the conference will cover a wide variety of topics with an emphasis on soil erosion control. MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/feb-15-nebraska-cover-crop-conference-growers-using-cornsoybean-rotation

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Wednesday February 7, 2018
Economic Potential For Sweet Sorghum Ethanol
Corn has long been the leading feedstock for ethanol production in the US. A new study at the University of Nebraska is looking at the economic potential for sweet sorghum to also be a source for ethanol production. UNL Agriculture Economics professor Richard Perrin says sweet sorghum might be a good source for ethanol for producers in western Nebraska because of its drought tolerance.MP3
https://ianrnews.unl.edu/husker-researchers-explore-economic-potential-sweet-sorghum-ethanol-western-nebraska

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Thursday January 18, 2018
Dicamba Reclassification
The broad spectrum herbicide Dicamba has now been designated a restricted use herbicide by the EPA. Nebraska Extension Assistant Pesticide Educator Greg Puckett says applicators will now have to be certified to apply the product.MP3
https://pested.unl.edu

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Tuesday January 16, 2018
Nebraska Crop Management Conference
The 2018 Nebraska Crop Management Conference is being held in Kearney January 19-20. The conference offers 27 unique sessions with up to date information for successful cropping system management. Chris Proctor, Nebraska Weed Management Educator.MP3
https://agronomy.unl.edu/NCMC

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Tuesday December 19, 2017
Fused Particle Fertilizer
Multi nutrient particle fertilizers can help when it comes to increasing crop yields but only if they are applied at the right rate, the right place and at the right time. Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist Charles Shapiro explains this concept and how it works in the field.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch/cornnutrient

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Monday November 27, 2017
Use of Drones in Agriculture
Over the past 30 years advancement in agricultural technology has revolutionized the way we grow our crops. Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones have made it easier for producers to monitor the planting and growth of their crops. Laura Thompson, Nebraska Cropping Systems and Ag Technology Extension Educator.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/drones-buzzing-toward-increased-crop-production

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Wednesday November 8, 2017
Nebraska On-Farm Research
A program offered by Nebraska Extension is helping answer questions that are critical to their production, profitability and to help them use their natural resources more efficiently. Laura Thompson, Nebraska Cropping Systems and Ag Technology Extension Educator.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/on-farm-research

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Monday November 6, 2017
Soybean Cyst Nematode Management
Nebraska farms are seeing an increase in infestations of Soybean Cyst Nematodes. The microscopic pest that attacks the roots of plants can significantly reduce yields. Gary Lesoing, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/soybean/soybean-cyst-nematode

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Friday November 3, 2017
Hop Growers and Brewers Conference and Trade Show
Coming up in January, Nebraska Extension will host the second annual Hop Growers and Brewers Conference and Trade show in Omaha. Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator Katie Kreuser explains the focus of the conference is for growers and brewers to network and learn more about Nebraska hops. Katie Kreuser – Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator.MP3
http://www.growbrewnebraska.com

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Tuesday October 24, 2017
How To Compensate for Winter Wheat Seeding Delays
For winter wheat producers planting at the optimum time can maximize yields and decrease disease pressure. But fall weather, equipment breakdowns, and other problems may delay that planting date. If wheat is planted late there are some techniques for still achieving optimal yields. Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension Western Nebraska Crops Specialist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/wheat-seeding-delay-here’s-how-compensate

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Wednesday October 18, 2017
Soybeans And Nitrogen
Soybeans remove more nitrogen than they produce so there will be a net decrease in total nitrogen in the soil. In many Nebraska studies on rotated soybeans there is about a one-in-three chance of increasing yield by about one bushel, usually at nitrogen (N) rates that are not economic. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/study-unearths-benefits-limits-fertilizing-soybeans

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Wednesday October 11, 2017
Nebraska Farmers Share Cover Crop Why's and How's
How are Nebraskans using cover crops? A survey of Nebraska soybean, field corn, seed corn producers and agronomists offers insights into why Nebraska producers have adopted cover crops and how they are integrated them into cropping systems. Rodrigo Werle, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/cover-crop-management-among-nebraska-farm-group

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Monday October 2, 2017
Stalk Rot Diseases in Nebraska Corn Fields
Various stalk rot diseases have been confirmed in samples from corn fields across Nebraska. Stalk rot diseases and the pathogens that cause them are common in corn. They can weaken corn stalks, leading to stalk lodging and harvest difficulties. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/stalk-rot-diseases-nebraska-corn-fields

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Wednesday September 27, 2017
Winter Wheat Seeding Dates
Winter wheat yield is affected by many production practices including, pest management, fertility, and weather. A production practices having a major impact on yield is seeding date as early seeding uses more soil water in the fall, leaving less in the profile for yield production. Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/how-winter-wheat-seeding-date-can-have-major-effect-yields

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Friday September 22, 2017
Soybean Cyst Nematode
As soybean harvest approaches producers should be thinking about sampling for soybean cyst nematodes. This soil born roundworm could explain the pockets of low yield in a given field. Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/soybean/soybean-cyst-nematode

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Friday September 15, 2017
Is That Corn Worth More as Silage or Grain?
Many producers have struggled this year with the decision to cut corn for silage or harvest it for grain. On going drought conditions have supported hay and forage prices, while adequate corn stocks are estimated to have a negative price decline. Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://beef.unl.edu/cattleproduction/corn-worth

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Wednesday September 13, 2017
Tracking Grain Price Basis to Identify Local Trends
A new interactive, online tool can help farmers better understand and monitor local elevator basis levels and trends for corn, soybean, and wheat, which may help farmers sell grain for a higher cash price Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator for Agricultural Economics.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/tracking-grain-price-basis-identify-trends

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Monday August 28, 2017
Soybean Disease Update
Each year significant disease problems affect soybean production in Nebraska. Late in the growing season producers should be scouting for fungal diseases like Phytophthora root and stem rot and signs of Sudden Death Syndrome. Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/soybean

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Thursday August 24, 2017
Irrigation Field Day
Coming up on Wednesday August 30th, producers have a chance to attend the 2017 irrigation management field day near Elgin. Presentations, field tours, demonstrations and a tradeshow will be part of the daylong event. Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
www.midplainsag.com

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Monday August 21, 2017
Plant Scientists Aim To Turn Sorghum Into Jet Fuel
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln will partner with 15 other institutions on a $100 million dollar grant looking a new bio-energy and bio-product innovations. The research will focus on sorghum, a drought tolerant plant that has potential for high bio-oil content. Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska Professor of Agronomy and Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor in Biotechnology, Center for Plant Science Innovation.MP3
http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/plant-scientists-aim-to-turn-sorghum-into-jet-fuel/

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Monday August 14, 2017
Predicting Late-Season Irrigation Needs
With the growing season in the final stages of maturity, it's important to use water efficiently. Calculating late season water needs for corn, sorghum and soybeans can save 1 to 3 inches of un-needed water. Steve Melvin, Nebraska Extension Irrigated Cropping Systems Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/predicting-late-season-irrigation-needs

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Monday August 14, 2017
Predicting Late-Season Irrigation Needs
With the growing season in the final stages of maturity, it's important to use water efficiently. Calculating late season water needs for corn, sorghum and soybeans can save 1 to 3 inches of un-needed water. Steve Melvin, Nebraska Extension Irrigated Cropping Systems Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/predicting-late-season-irrigation-needs

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Monday August 7, 2017
Is Manure A Fertility Option for Wheat?
With ground opening up for manure application after wheat harvest, it's a good time to consider whether manure is a good fit for your wheat operation. Rick Koelsch - Livestock Environmental Engineer.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/manure-fertility-option-wheat

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Friday August 4, 2017
Soybean Aphids
Soybean aphids in Nebraska usually reach the economic threshold and require treatment in late July through August. Crop consultants and farmers should be scouting and monitoring aphid numbers as daytime temperatures return to more seasonable conditions. Tom Hunt, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/although-low-levels-soybean-aphids-present-northeast-nebraska

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Monday July 31, 2017
Opportunities for Growing & Grazing Cover Crops Conference
Several agencies have teamed up to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity for potential cover crop growers and cattle operators to partner and add mutual value to their operations. The Growing and Grazing cover crops conference will be held Wednesday August 9th at the Lancaster events center. Tyler Williams, Nebraska Cropping Systems Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/ag/covercrops

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Friday July 28, 2017
Corn Disease Update
Several diseases, as well as other problems, have been confirmed in corn samples from around the state. Producers should be on the lookout in particular for Southern Rust and submit samples to the UNL Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic for identification. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/several-corn-diseases-developing-across-nebraska

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Wednesday July 26, 2017
Post-Harvest Weed Control in Winter Wheat
Winter wheat harvest is wrapping up across the state. Timely control of weeds following winter wheat harvest can limit soil moisture loss and prevent the deposit of more weed seeds in the soil. Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension Western Nebraska Crops Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/post-harvest-weed-control-winter-wheat

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Tuesday July 25, 2017
Using SoyWater to Schedule Irrigation
Get the most from irrigation by using the SoyWater irrigation management tool. SoyWater provides timely crop water use information and growing conditions. Jim Specht, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and Co-Founder or SoyWater.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/using-soywater-schedule-irrigation-and-monitorpredict-soybean-stages-guide-decision-making

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