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Beef Production in Western Nebraska

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A Historical Overview of Fertilizer Use: Because the use of fertilizer has become such an integral part of modern farming, we rarely give any thought as to where it comes from, how long it has been used and what impact it has had on our food production. With our current ability to test our soils nutrient levels and then convert those soil test results into reliable application recommendations, farmers' biggest concern regarding fertilizer use is cost, how much is needed and then which fertilizer formulation to apply. This has not always been the case. Current fertilizer practices are relatively recent events that date back to just the last half of the 20th century; however, traditional fertilizer practices are much older.

Cover crops use water, impact wheat yields in High Plains: Do cover crop mixtures or cocktails use less water than a single-species cover crop? Do cover crops reduce evaporation losses enough to make up for their water use? Do cover crop mixtures improve soil biological activity in a semi-arid environment? These and other questions are being asked as interest grows across the United States in using cover crops to improve cropping practices.Research conducted at the UNL High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney and at a USDA research station at Akron, Colo., suggests that farmers should approach the use of cover crops with caution. The research points out several factors for farmers to consider.

Dry bean plots support numerous cooperative projects: The dry edible beans being harvested in dozens of research plots at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will yield genetic information whose use goes beyond developing new commercial varieties for Nebraska farmers.

The North Platte River: Surface Water Irrigation Projects and Power Generation: A basic history of and information about the North Platte River U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects – surface irrigation, power generation and other related irrigation and power generation projects – on the North Platte River drainage.
By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

More Information You Can Use:

CropWatch web site

Answers about crop varieties, fertilizer, irrigation, pest control, harvest, and many other issues are a click or two away on the University of Nebraska's expanded and reorganized CropWatch web site. Click below to go directly to sugarbeets, dry edible beans, wheat, or potatoes.

Extension Highlights

UNL Extension's BeefWatch

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

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UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's Hort Update

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

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As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


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