Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

 Welcome to Central Sandhills Extension serving Blaine, Grant, Hooker and Thomas Counties!

2015 Career Portfolio Information

All 4-H families should have recieved a letter concerning the Career Portfolios. 4-H Career Portfolios are due into our office by Thursday, September 30th. Completing them helps 4-H'ers learn to keep records, document what they have learned, and build resumes for scholarships, college and careers. They can also apply for awards! Make sure you include the entry sheet you recived in the mail with you Career Portfolio, print a new one by clicking here.

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Upcoming Programs and Links   
Chemigation 2015 Dates
Private Pesticide Website
Women in Ag
Crop Production Clinics                                                
GrassSnap- Mobile Monitoring App

Pasture monitoring is a "snap" with the mobile monitoring app called GrassSnap. Check out the unique features of the app, like the ghost image that allows the producer to effortlessly replicate the landscape view each year. Or how the app applies your pasture name (monitoring date and GPS location) to all images for that pasture (transect) and then saves them so they are ready to be directly added to the folder of previous years' images.  Visit the GrassSnap webpage for download instructions, videos on how to monitor, and user manual for Apple versions.  Free download for Android and Apple smart devices.

Pasture Leasing Workshop

Developing the Right Pasture Lease Agreement- Benefiting the Resources & Benefiting the Relationship.  "What's the going rate?" is a common question.  How do you balance a fair price, taking care of the land, and benefit both the landowner and grazer?    For more information, click here...

As the Drought Cycles...

Producers face major decisions ahead at the drought continues. Resources are available at Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch and the UNL Beef Website. The Extension Office also has two hay probes, for producers who wish to test their forages. UNL Beef Specialists are also available to balance rations and answer questions about the drought's impacts on your cowherd or pastures.

 Ag Manager's Toolbox.  These spreadsheets will help farmers and ranchers figure feed cost per crude protein or TDN, calculate stocking rates for cornstalks, cost of raising one calf, breakevens on feeders or cull cows, cost of developing water on grazing lands, and other cropping tools.  Visit to view the spreadsheets.

Beef specialists will be hosting two webinars a month.  The timely webinars can be viewed through the internet on your computer during the session and ask questions.   The webinars are also archived at


Nebraska Extension in the Central Sandhills

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Scientist to Discuss Impact of Climate Change on Nebraska's Forests
Oct 10 – As wildfires and flooding continue to cause damage throughout North America, the Nebraska Forest Service moves to better understand and prepare for change with a free public lecture on "Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska's Forests" Oct. 13 in Lincoln. Read more
African Research Interest Group
Sep 9 – The IANR Office of Global Engagement and the School of Natural Resources will be hosting an event for those interested in sharing their research experience in the African continent or willing to engage in new collaborations. Read more