USDA Neb. Crop Weather 7-16

Agricultural Summary: For the week ending July 15, 2012, dryland crops and pastures continued under stress due to hot and dry conditions blanketing the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.  Irrigation remains active; however some producers using surface water supplies were required to stop pumping due to low river levels.  Seventy percent of the corn crop was silking and nearly two-thirds of the soybean crop is blooming.   The first sorghum


Department of Natural Resources Issues Closing Notices to Surface Water Irrigators Due to Lack of Water

The current drought experienced by Nebraska has presented challenges across the state. Extraordinarily dry conditions have reduced water supplies available to irrigators and helped diminish streamflows and water levels in reservoirs. As of July 17, 2012, the Department has closed over 1100 surface water permits throughout much of the state. Additional closing notices may be issued depending on flow conditions. The river basins affected include the Big Blue, Elkhorn, Hat Creek, Loup, Niobrara


No Till Notes - "Two Thirds"

By Mark Watson, Panhandle No-Till Educator
From the reports I’ve gotten there has been significant rainfall around our region over the past several days. The rain and cooler temperatures have been a welcome relief from the hot and windy conditions over the past several weeks. Our farm has missed out on a majority of the rain as we have only had a quarter of an inch. Sounds like the hot weather will return shortly just in time for our field pea harvest.
During our field days around the Panhandle


Stink bug numbers high in Nebraska corn, soybeans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska farmers are being warned about the relatively high numbers of stink bugs in fields of corn and soybeans.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist Bob Wright says the plants are sensitive to stink bug injury during their reproductive stages, so farmers should be watching for the bugs.

Stink bugs feed on plants and other insects by piercing and injecting the plant or insect with digestive enzymes, then removing fluids from the plant or insect.

More information


Sheridan County Opened for Both Emergency CRP Haying and Grazing

RUSHVILLE, NE July 13, 2012 — “Sheridan County has been released for emergency haying and grazing of eligible CRP acres due to the current drought conditions”, according to Sandy Orr, County FSA Executive Director. The CRP emergency release for 2012 is effective Monday, July 16th . Haying activities must be complete on August 31st and the bales removed from the fields by October 15th.

Grazing operations must be completed the earlier of: September 30th or when the required stubble height


Forage following winter wheat: What are the options and production costs?

By Jessica Johnson, Ag Economics Extension Educator, Gary Hergert, Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Drought in western Nebraska has strained rangeland and other forage production. For some wheat producers, this is a unique opportunity for additional income.
Area cattle producers are creating demand for reasonably priced forage, as alfalfa prices reach and exceed $180 per ton in western Nebraska. Wheat growers might consider two post-harvest



On Wednesday, July 11, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson introduced a taxpayer fairness bill to end the substantial federal subsidies that an elite number of livestock producers receive, saving American taxpayers about $1.2 billion. His bill requires that the Secretary of the Interior work in conjunction with the Secretary of Agriculture to set livestock grazing fees on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Forest System public rangelands at rates comparable to those found on nearby private


Gov. Heineman Expands Roadside & Early Haying Efforts Due to Drought Conditions

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today has expanded early roadside haying statewide due to current drought conditions. In addition to expanding early haying in 25 counties, applications to hay all Nebraska roadsides will now be open to all citizens.
The Governor directed the Nebraska Department of Roads to advance the starting date for all roadside haying to July 16, where the previous effective date would have been August 1. Under current rules, the abutting landowner has the first


A Lot of Talk About Cattle on Public Land

Recently, there has been quite a bit of discussion about ranchers grazing their cattle on public lands.  Some facts have been shared but unfortunately so have a lot of untruths.
Nebraska Cattlemen would like to share with you some factual information about the grazing of cattle on public lands.

How much public land is grazed by cattle?

-       In Nebraska, less than 1.25% of the land is owned by the government.  While not all of this land is grazed, some of it is grazed by cattle owned by cattle

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