Crops for the Future

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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.


Upcoming Events

2015-05-18Cheyenne County Fairgrounds
2015-07-15Agricultural Research & Development Center, near Mead
2015-08-11Various Statewide Locations
2015-08-27Agricultural Research & Development Center, near Mead
2015-12-17Saunders County Fairgrounds

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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.