Panhandle Extension News
- Scotts Bluff Co. 4-H Expo set for March 15
- Cornhusker Economics Outlook meetings in Sidney, Chadron, Valentine
- Register by March 7 for Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop at Sidney March 22-23
- New UNL dry edible bean cultivar sales pick up as fourth growing season approaches
- Dates Set for Panhandle Master Gardener Training Program
- Panhandle Alumni Founders' Dinner set for March 6
- Private pesticide applicator training in Panhandle
- Weed Specialist Robert Wilson discusses his years of research into chicory
- MONTHLY PANHANDLE CROP REPORT
- Understanding basis is important to making wheat marketing decisions
- 2014 Crop Budgets for the Nebraska Panhandle
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.
During times of drought people often ask University of Nebraska-Lincoln water scientist Steve Sibray the same question: Will the groundwater aquifer dry up? The answer isn't simple and also varies from one location to the next, said Sibray, a hydrogeologist with the UNL Conservation and Survey Division who is stationed at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.The effects of groundwater level declines vary according to which part of the water-bearing formation a well was drilled into.
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.
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:
- Beef Production in Western Nebraska Web Site
- Direct harvest of dry beans draws a lot of interest
- Quick, easy method to measure harvest loss In pinto or Great Northern bean fields
- Mining industry could use aerial survey techniques now used for groundwater, UNL hydrogeologist says
- Fenugreek investigated as potential alternative crop
- Developing drought tolerance is goal of dry bean breeding program
- UNL, Chinese university look to collaborate in proso millet research
- The Importance of building positive relationships with children
- CENTENNIAL STORIES
- TEAMS work to keep kids involved in school, headed toward college
- Goal of fund-raising drive: Boosting proso millet breeding program
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.
UNL Extension Panhandle Research and Extension Center Director Search Seminars
The UNL Extension Panhandle Research and Extension Center Director canidate seminars will be available in person at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff or by Adobe Connect. More information...
UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report
An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper. More…
Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension
It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as
our Associate Director/Associate Dean.
Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.
Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!
UNL Extension's Hort Update for February, 2014
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. Some topics featured this issue include: recent snowmelt moisture, black knot removal, great plants for great plains and more. Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update, Visit our web site for archived issues .
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 March 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 March 2014
Check out the January issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on: Meat labeling, Impact of cold weather on calf weights, Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day, Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages and more. 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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Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
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).
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.
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