Crops for the Future

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Farm Market Reports

Cedar County Private Pesticide Training Session
Tuesday, March 3, 1:00 pm at Knight of Columbus Hall, Hartington
Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) are required for individuals applying a restricted use pesticide (RUP) for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him/her or his/her employer.
NE District 2015 Pesticide Training Dates Brochure 
For a list of all private training locations by county, look online at:
Private Locations
For a contact list of commercial/noncommercial training locations, look online at: Commercial Locations

2015 Chemigation Training Schedule
Chemigation - applying agrichemicals to cropland using an irrigation system to distribute both the water and chemical.  Please contact the county Extension Office inwhich the training is being held to preregister.  An online course is also available for those recertifying.

Farm Cash Rental Rates and Land Values
2014 Nebraska Cash Rental Rates
2014 Nebraska Farmland Values
from Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Development 2013-2014
For the complete Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market report click
Interview with Jim Jansen covering the highlights of 2014 Nebraska Farmland Values  (*mp3)


You can also visit the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for a Nebraska map with cash rental rates for irrigated, dryland, and pasture, by clicking here.  

Cornhusker Economics (March 2013)
Land Value & Cash Rental Rates Continue to Climb

Cash Farm Lease  (revised 2011)  
Crop-Share Farm Lease  (revised 2011)  
Pasture Lease  (revised 2011)   
Farm Building & Livestock Facility Lease
Livestock Rental Lease
For more information about these and other leases, visit

2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates - Part 1
2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates - Part 2

Every two years a survey of custom operators is conducted to determine the current rates charged for specific machinery operations. The survey is divided into two parts. Part 1 includes the spring and summer operations such as planting and small grains harvest, and Part 2 includes information about fall and miscellaneous operations.

Adjusting Farm Custom Rates & Grain Storage Rental Rates for 2011

Grain Storage Costs & Rental Rates

Flood Resources for Crops & Cropland

Land Owners & Managers Update
DVD provides practical information and strategies to help land owners, managers, and farm operators understand the recent trends in land values, rental rates, family relations, contracts, and flexible cash leasing. For more information or to order your DVD click here.



map of 7-day average soil temperatures at 4 inches
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.


Making A Difference


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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.