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State of Beef Conference - Nov. 4-5, 2014

High Plains Turf and Landscape Conference Presentations

Drought Resources

Information for farmers, ranchers and homeowners on the Panhandle Drought Resources page.

More Panhandle News

Establishing mixtures of cool-season perennial grasses with alfalfa
The persistence of drought in Western Nebraska has increased demand for livestock forage. Alfalfa is by far the most widely grown irrigated forage that consistently produces an excellent quality livestock feed. Mixing cool-season perennial grasses with alfalfa may have some advantages for increasing production, but forage feed value can be compromised. Several experiments were conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons to examine best management practices for establishing cool-season perennial grasses with alfalfa.

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.

Great northern beans important to valley's economy, also a nutritional MPV

Historical Crop Prices updated for 2013

Extension has issued the annual update to its report on crop prices in the Panhandle: Access "Historical Crop Prices, Seasonal Patterns, and Futures Basis for the Nebraska Panhandle, 1992-2013" by clicking. The report provides a basic price analysis for significant crops in the Panhandle to help growers and others make the best possible marketing and production decisions. It lists historical crop prices and seasonal patterns for corn, wheat, proso millet, sorghum, alfalfa hay, and dry edible beans. For corn and wheat, which are traded on futures commodity markets, the report also compares local cash prices to national futures prices to establish local basis.

Survey: Rural residents say communities can help businesses transition to new owners

Every business owner in small-town Nebraska eventually will retire or sell the business. When that happens, most rural Nebraskans feel their community can play a role in facilitating business transition, according to results from the 2012 Nebraska Rural Poll. "Business and Wealth Transfer in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska" is the title of the third report released from the 2012 poll. Results are online at ruralpoll.unl.edu.

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:

Farmers: Check the 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.

 

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Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...


Marketing 2014 Calves

With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.


Storing Distillers Grains

Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.


UNL Extension's Hort Update for August 18, 2014

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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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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 for September 2014

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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 BeefWatch for September 2014

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 


Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

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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Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

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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). 

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