Wheat yield up from a year ago

Based on June 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2019 winter wheat crop is forecast at 50 million bushels, up 1% from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.00 million acres, down 10,000 acres from last year. This would be 91% of the planted acres, compared with last year’s 92% harvested.

USDA reports that winter wheat conditions in Nebraska rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 50 good, and 19 excellent.

Winter wheat headed was 69%, behind 86 last year, and well behind 89 average.

In south Central Nebraska, the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association said that producers reported precipitation amounts ranging from 0.1 inch to more than an inch. Some lodging occurred in fields where rainfall was higher and harder.

Most fields should recover. Overall conditions are good, but growth remains behind normal. No major disease pressures have been reported. Most wheat in the area has finished flowering and is starting the grain fill stage.

ICON meeting set for June 21 in Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW — Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska’s annual meeting is set Friday in Broken Bow.

ICON’s 14th annual meeting and convention will run from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cobblestone Hotel. The schedule include:

1:30 p.m.: Registration & Silent Auction benefiting the Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship.

2:30 p.m.: ICON annual meeting including Legislative updates; and featured legal counsel Rick Leonard for the Nebraska Agricultural Committee.

4 p.m.: “What You Don’t Know About Trade & It’s Impact on Your Country & Your Cattle,” presented by Brian O’Shaughnessy of New York, chairman of Revere Copper and the vice chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. He has testified before Congress and before the International Trade Commission,

6:30 p.m.: “Nebraska is in a Crisis: Time to make Changes,” presented by Michael B. Yanney, chairman emeritus of the Board of Burlington Capital. He has conducted business in 14 countries and served on a joint U.S.-Russia delegation.

Supper will be catered by the Bonfire Grill at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails prior. Entertainment will be provided by humorist and cowboy poet R.P. Smith.

Registration is $25 per person and includes the sirloin tip supper. Bring a first time attendee and both of you will get in free (some restrictions). If you have not paid your’ 2019 membership, get $10 off the $100 membership fee if paid with registration or at the event.

Register by calling (308) 880-1505 or email her at IndependentCattlemen@gmail.com, or visit www.IndependentCattlemen.com for forms and mail to: 432 N. 10th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822.

Special conference rates are available at the Cobblestone Hotel, call (308-767-2060).

Nebraska Farm Bureau to host listening sessions

The Nebraska Farm Bureau will host a series of regional listening sessions across the state in June. Two more sessions will be scheduled in August. The sessions are open to the public and will provide farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to share their thoughts on issues impacting their operations.

All listening sessions will begin with a social at 6 p.m. local time, to be followed by a meal and program. Those interested can RSVP by texting LISTENING SESSIONS to 52886 or online at www.nefb.org/listeningsessions. RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

Regional Listening sessions in the area scheduled for: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27. in Miller (Apache Ag Building, two miles west of Miller at Highway 40 and Apache Road/450 Road.

Students selected to attend annual NAYI event

LINCOLN — More than 200 high school juniors and seniors, sharing an interest in agriculture, will gather in Lincoln in July to develop leadership skills, explore career opportunities and learn more about the state’s number one industry.

The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute is the longest running program of its kind in the nation. Sponsored in part by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. NAYI is scheduled for July 8 through 12, in Lincoln, on the University of Nebraska’s East Campus.

During the five-day program, delegates will participate in agriculture policy and group discussions, farm management activities, and a variety of networking opportunities with peers and industry leaders. Learning about various career options is another important part of NAYI as a quarter of the jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture.

Since its start, NAYI has shared the importance of agriculture with nearly 6,400 youth from across the state. Delegates apply for and are selected to attend NAYI free of charge due to numerous donations from agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.

NAYI events and additional youth learning opportunities throughout the year are organized by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. The 21 college students who serve on NAYC are chosen by NDA to share their passion and knowledge about agriculture with young people across Nebraska. During NAYI, NAYC members provide valuable insight and advice about agriculture, college coursework and career building.

To learn more about NAYC or NAYI, visit the NAYI website at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/. Follow NAYI activities on Facebook by searching and liking the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute. On Twitter, follow the_nayc or #NAYI19.

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