Nebraska Cool Temperatures and Corn Planting

Corn requires a soil temperature at or above 50° F to germinate. Snow and cold rain across areas of Nebraska are keeping soils too cool for planting. Soil temperatures across Nebraska averaged around 44.8° F for the second week of April. Planting should be delayed until soil and environmental conditions are ideal to help establish a successful stand.…

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Optimizing Soybean Emergence and Early Growth

Management practices can be implemented to help increase soybean yields and revenue. This includes cultural practices such as planting date, seeding rate, planting depth, and row width. Soil fertility, weed control, and the use of seed treatments are other practices that can help optimize soybean emergence and early growth. Spotlight: Optimizing Soybean Emergence and Early…

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Nematode Management in Corn

Nematodes are microscopic, worm-like soil organisms. Certain species can be detrimental to the growth and development of corn as well as other crops. While nematodes have typically been of minor importance, they have received more attention in recent years. In the past, insecticides have provided control of key corn pests. Nematodes are now being viewed…

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Green Stem Syndrome in Soybeans

Soybean harvest is underway in many regions and some farmers are reporting fields with symptoms of green stem syndrome.  Green stem syndrome occurs when soybean pods and seeds mature but the stem remains green.   When producers proceed to harvest according to seed moisture content, the green stems can make for a slow and difficult harvest. …

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