One of the best publications that Nebraska Extension releases each year for farmers and ranchers is the Weed, Disease & Insect Guide. This annual publication provides producers the latest product information and strategies for effectively managing pests. A recent CropWatch article highlighted this guide which I’ve included in my column this week.
The 332-page guide offers a single, comprehensive resource for your pest management challenges. It is written by Nebraska Extension specialists in agronomy and weed science, plant pathology and entomology, who offer pesticide rate, efficacy, and application notes based on Nebraska conditions and research. It also offers a range of tools to aid in pest management, from a guide to herbicide classifications to an applicator nozzle and spray droplet classification to photo guides of common diseases, insects, and weeds.
* What crop growth stage is this? Check plant illustrations for corn, soybean, alfalfa, wheat, sugarbeet and sorghum growth stages.
* How can you spray a field to prevent chemical drift and reduce neighboring crop injury? Check the illustrated guide to field patterns and nozzle settings.
* What are the rotation restrictions for the herbicides you applied last season? Check the 12-page table for about 300 herbicides and 22 rotational crops.
* When are you likely to see which weeds? Check the weed emergence table.
Stevan Knezevic, Nebraska Extension weed specialist and senior editor of the guide points out that the guide is an important resource for growers with resistant weed populations. There are now six weed species that are resistant to glyphosate and two that are resistant to HPPD inhibitors.
Updates based on product changes and Nebraska research have been made throughout the guide. The Insect Management section, which also includes a mode of action guide, now includes information for grain sorghum as well as corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. The Plant Disease Management section, which also details fungicide modes of action, now includes information on biological products for pest control. In addition, each section (weed, disease, and insect) includes “dictionaries” of product trade names, active ingredients, use, site of action, company, and EPA registration number.
(Source: January 11, 2018 CropWatch Article: 2018 Weed, Disease, & Insect Guide)
The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College “Partners in Progress – Beef Seminar” will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on January 30, with registration, coffee and donuts starting at 9 a.m. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension’s Farmers and Ranchers College and will feature several outstanding speakers discussing issues and management strategies that can affect the profitability of all beef producers. There is no cost for the event and the public is invited. It does include a noon meal, which means that early registration is necessary to reserve materials and a meal.