Planter Box Calibrations Soil Moisture Status, Overwintering Insects.  02/15/17 8:46:16 AM

Reminder “Planter Box Calibrations”--This winter at Wiles Brothers, will again be a program enabling you to get a better handle on how accurate your planter is planting.  Wiles Brothers in cooperation with Agri Vision will calibrate you planter seed metering units at no cost to you.  This will help answer some questions regarding plantability of different seed grades, speed of planting, singulation, incidence of planting doubles, and or need for repairs to your metering devices to insure accurate seed drop. Contact Mac for further details and to schedule your seed meters today! 


Become a Member!  We are actively recruiting our clients to consider becoming a member of both the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NGCA) as well as the Nebraska Soybean Association (NSA).  The benefits of both associations include: 


Nebraska Corn Growers Association

The time is now…to have your voice heard.

For over four decades, the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) has been working with generations of corn farmers to achieve monumental milestones and defend the corn industry.  Our members do not stand by and let the future happen.  We take charge and work hard to shape our destiny through effective public policy and market development.  A leader in Nebraska agriculture, NeCGA is steadfast in our ability to deliver  significant results for corn farmers.
We work to defend the corn industry against regulators, legislators and environmental groups who seek to destroy your ability to produce food, feed and fuel for a growing population.
We fight Big Oil and help Nebraska‘s majority farmer-owned ethanol industry grow into a viable competitor in the marketplace.
We collaborate with policymakers at the state and federal level to reinforce key policies and ensure proactive measures are in place to protect the industry.
Your membership matters!  It allows us to band together and answer critics, to charge ahead with the truth and ensure regulators and legislators know the real story behind today’s corn industry.  Be a part of the progress.
To become a member, simply join online or (new or renewing members) and mail or email it back to the NeCGA office at 1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 308, Lincoln, NE 68508 or     we will also have sign-up forms at the March 8th meeting.

$80 – 1 Year Membership
$190 – 3 Year Membership
$20 – 1 Year Student Membership

Membership Benefits

As an NeCGA/NCGA member, you can be proud that you are supporting an association working to create opportunities to keep corn growers in Nebraska successful. You will receive:
  • Newsletters, updates, advisories and other important communications from NeCGA/NCGA.
  • Seed Incentive: $150 off future purchase of 24 units of seed from any of the participating seed companies—(DeKalb included).
  • Participate in recruitment contests sponsored by Monsanto BioAg
Nebraska Soybean Association
For the past 95 years, the American/Nebraska Soybean Association has metthe demands of a growing world. The American soybean farmer has a tremendous opportunity to answer the call of agricultural needs throughout the world and ASA is the collective voice of 21,000 U.S. soybean producers.
A primary focus of the American Soybean Association is policy development and implementation. Policy development starts with the farmer/members and culminates at an annual meeting of voting delegates.
ASA is tasked with accomplishing the policy goals established by the farmers/members/delegates. ASA does this by testifying before Congress, lobbying Congress and the Administration, contacting members, and meeting with the media. This legislative process cannot happen without member input and support.

ASA Membership Benefits

ASA has a number of member benefits that add tremendous value to your membership. To take advantage of these programs, you just need to belong to ASA and your state association. ASA Member Benefits include:
Cabela's Gift Cards
GM Supplier Discount Program
Chrysler Affiliate Rewards Program
Ford Partner Recognition Program
Soy Scholarship
Commodity Classic Registration Discount
Click here to join your state association and ASA today.
ASA member benefits are subject to change. Each state association may offer their own member benefits. 
Seed Bonus Offer on new & renewing 3 year memberships ($250 dues)
Seed bonus offer earns you 6 free bags of seed when you purchase 12 for joining or renewing for 3 years.  Select from 14 participating seed companies for 2017.(over $300 value—Asgrow included)
Contact Mac for further details.
The latest soil moisture calibrations conducted through the Drought Monitoring Center have found that in Eastern Nebraska and much of the Corn Belt have a full soil profile for moisture (based on soil types)  in the top 4 feet of soil.

View drought planning resources
February 7, 2017
(Released Thursday February 9, 2017)
Valid 7 a.m. EST
Statistics type:     
Traditional Percent Area


 Export table:     
Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
61.16 38.84 9.48 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last Week
55.30 44.70 9.48 0.00 0.00 0.00
3 Months Ago
63.65 36.35 4.12 0.16 0.00 0.00
Start of Calendar Year
48.25 51.75 13.43 0.16 0.00 0.00
Start of Water Year
77.29 22.71 1.59 0.16 0.00 0.00
One Year Ago
100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Estimated Population in Drought Areas: 37,722View More Statistics


  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.


  • David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center
This is important since corn can root and absorb moisture from a 4 foot depth and an average silt loam which can hold about 2 inches of water per foot of soil----a full soil profile would have about 16 inches of available soil water.   An average corn crop here in Eastern Nebraska can use through transpiration between 25-28” of water per season.  Long story short, we always need to conserve as much soil moisture as possible. 
Over-wintering Insect Populations?   Most of the over wintering insects (Grasshoppers, European corn borer, White Grubs, Wireworms)  are again having a fairly mild winter and likely will have higher survival rates through the winter.  The chances at this point for high infestations of these insects are very good-The weather after planting during the "hatch" of many of these insects will dictate the amount of plant injury, which may occur.
Soils and Tillage—This winter, like many before, “cabin fever” is rampant and most of us are looking forward to spring field work to release claustrophobia.  Easy to get this way with February temperatures in the 60’s.  Historically, tillage usually plays some role in the “therapy” of  this thought process..  With a current prospect of a wet spring tillage many times does more harm than good.   Consider this:  Tillage incorporates fertility, kills winter annual weeds, and dries the soil —Which is good in a wet spring—RIGHT?  But, tillage can destroy the structure of the soil, thus decreasing it’s water holding capacities, among other things.  Water within the soil is a very precious thing—something many dry land growers understand and have no control over with the exception of tillage practices.  So, consider the long term affects of the tillage pass prior to the frost going out of the ground.
The theory of “I have to till it to dry it out” is acknowledged but not justified. Decreased seed/soil contact, increased soil compaction leading to reduced soil water holding capacity, and reduced plant rooting capacities are a few of the results of tillage under wet conditions. Wet seedbeds can also increase disease pressure and limit germination and early root development of the crop.  What is the answer?  Delaying planting until the soil has dried may cause you mental anguish based on the calendar day, but yield goals, although affected by the later planting, still have more potential planted later in a suitable seedbed than it would planted early it a wet seedbed.
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