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  • 2023 Harvest a disappointment

    Jenny Rees|Oct 5, 2023

    It’s been a fairly full month of harvest! I’ve heard much disappointment in yields thus far. Perspective for me comes from helping serve eight counties this past year and seeing such a range of conditions. I have struggled to find ways to encourage as I talk with growers. I’m just so grateful harvest is here as, to me, every field finished is one field closer to being done with 2023! I also realize that’s not a great way to look at a year, but it’s honestly where I’m at. Thus far, non-irrigated soybeans have averaged 20 to 25 bushels per...

  • Army Worms attacking Superior lawns, crops

    Jenny Rees|Sep 16, 2021

    I have received numerous reports of fall armyworm damage from the Kansas-Nebraska state line north to York. Damage is occurring in new alfalfa seedings in addition to established alfalfa, a new triticale seeding and several lawns. With moths still being observed, we may see fall armyworms around for a few weeks yet, so it would be wise to be watching alfalfa, wheat, rye, triticale and lawns for them. There’s no good way of knowing where they’ll appear; it’s all based on where the moth chooses to lay her eggs. There are everal reports of one f...

  • Prayer for Afghanistan and the U.S.

    Jenny Rees|Aug 26, 2021

    God, I’m so grateful that we can come before Your throne to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. My heart is so broken for the situation in Afghanistan…I’ve struggled for words. The news…the photos and video footage…all just glimpses into the horrible truth that lies there. I’m just so grateful when there’s nothing else I can do that I can come to You in prayer for this situation. Please God, be extra close to the women, children, all those individuals who helped our military, all those who converted to Christianity, all those...

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    Jenny Rees|Nov 26, 2020

    This article has been on my heart for several months. It’s reflections from a compilation of conversations. It’s been a hard year at times for most, if not all people. Interweaving this with Thanksgiving, there’s perhaps a variety of thoughts, perspectives, and feelings as we approach the holiday. It may be tempting to want to skip it and perhaps be easier to complain than find gratitude or feel thankful! The challenges with COVID, markets, livestock harvesting facilities, trade, weather impacts to crops, online schooling and virtual meeti...

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    Jenny Rees|Jun 4, 2020

    I enjoy this stage when corn is just tall enough to give the fields a green cast when looking at them from an angle. There continues to be discussion and questions about uneven corn emergence. Like many, I wasn’t anticipating seeing uneven emergence after having great soil conditions (right moisture and a warming trend of temps) for planting. Variations in soil temp, depth and moisture can delay germination from a few days or longer. Residue blowing back over the row explained much difference in emergence this year. I wish I would’ve noted the...

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    Jenny Rees|Mar 12, 2020

    This week is the anniversary of the 2019 Bomb Cyclone. Perhaps you’ve thought of that, perhaps you haven’t. I think this event for Nebraskans will forever be etched in our minds. Some may be reflecting on last year’s calving season being exceptionally difficult in February. Some lost additional animals to the blizzard and flooding in March. Some experienced flooding in homes, fields and property. Some of us housed family and friends. Many of us found different routes with closed roads. Many of us helped others in the aftermath and donat...

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    Jenny Rees|Mar 5, 2020

    Happy March! One question that’s surfaced often is ‘at what maturity of corn and soybean do we start losing yield?’ There are many reasons for this question including planting a range of maturities to spread harvest load, taking advantage of marketing opportunities and even planting shorter maturities to allow for increased cover crop biomass after harvest. The past two years, on-farm research growers in York and Seward counties have compared Group 2 vs. Group 3 beans planted early to determine any yield differences. In 2018, combining the d...

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    Jenny Rees|Feb 20, 2020

    This week begins Nebraska Extension’s On-Farm Research Update meetings. More than 100 studies were conducted in 2019. Each meeting runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.). Meal is included and there’s no cost thanks to partnerships with Nebraska Corn, Soybean, and Dry Bean Boards and Growers’ Associations. Pre-register at: [email protected] or 402-624-8030. Meetings are: Feb. 18 at Holiday Inn Express in Beatrice, Feb. 19 near Mead at ENREC, Feb. 20 in Norfolk at the Extension Office, Feb. 26 in Kearney at the Extension Office, and F...

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    Jenny Rees|Feb 6, 2020

    I’ve been getting questions on the farm bill. It’s really important that growers make appointments now at the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to complete ARC/PLC election and enrollment forms. Deadline to enroll is Monday, March 16, for the 2019 crop year. The election can be changed up to March 16. Growers who don’t get enrolled by then will be ineligible to receive ARC or PLC payments for the 2019 crop year. If you use a decision support tool, I’m not recommending to use the Illinois tool as it takes into consideration the life of...

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    Jenny Rees|Jan 23, 2020

    A few times a month, I receive questions about hops or hemp. For those interested in hops, the Nebraska Brewer’s Conference will be Jan. 27-28 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney. You can learn more details here: www.growbrewnebraska.com. Merrick Co. Ag Day is Jan. 28 at the Fairgrounds in Central City. Topics include weed control in prevent plant acres, farm bill, pivot wheel track management, understanding the hydrogeology of wells in Central Nebraska, groundwater protection and water quality sampling and testing, and domestic and f...

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    Jenny Rees|Jan 13, 2020

    Jan. 28 is the Farmers and Ranchers Cow-Calf College at the US Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with program beginning at 9:55 a.m. Topics include: Forage Sampling, Understanding Annual Cow Costs, Questions to Ask Your Vet before Calving Season, Blockchains: Connecting Consumers with their Food (IMI Global), and Alternative Meats and Alternative Statistics: What the data says. There is no charge and meal is provided. It’s best to pre-register to save time and you can do so at htt...

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    Jenny Rees, The Superior Express|Jan 10, 2019

    It feels like a long time since I wrote! Being burned out, I wasn’t ready to reflect on 2018 in my previous column. Perhaps some of you felt that way too? There were plenty of challenges for agriculture in 2018. Grateful for breaks. Grateful for a new year! Grateful for good new hires in extension to help with the work load throughout the state! As I reflect on the past several years, thank you for your support as I’ve done my best to cover a lot of counties to the best of my ability. Grateful for the opportunity to serve Nebraskans via Ext...

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