Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne, Kimball & Banner Counties

Master Gardener Training in Sidney

The Nebraska Master Gardener Program is offering classes for those interested in horticulture on Tuesday nights, from Feb. 7 through Mar. 21.

Nebraska Extension is providing the classes at Western Nebraska Community College, 371 College Drive in Sidney from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Class topics include: plant diagnostics, turf basics, small fruit production, soil basics, landscape design and insect pollinators.

Nebraska Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide horticulture information to people in their communities. In return for the knowledge they receive through the classes, Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of their time to their community through various means such as helping with horticulture exhibits at the county fair, teaching youth about gardening, working in community gardens and other community related projects.

Participants must pre-register for the classes. For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in Cheyenne County at (308) 254-4455 or see the Master Gardener brochure.

Pesticide applicator training in western Nebraska

Nebraska Extension will be offering training throughout western Nebraska in early 2017, from late January through April, for licensed pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification of their license for 2017.

A license is required to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides. Extension provides training for several classes of certification, including commercial, non-commercial (such as local government or research purposes) and private applicators (such as ag producers).

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2017, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, can attend upcoming training sessions. See the complete article for dates, locations and times.

Chemication Certification Training Set for Sidney

Nebraska Extension will conduct a chemigation certification training session in Sidney on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2017, including those whose 2016 permits expired Dec. 31, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward. Attendees are asked to pre-register at the extension office at 920 Jackson Street. They will receive a training manual and calibration workbook to review before the training session.

On the day of the session, they are asked to bring the manual, calibration workbook, No. 2 pencil, and a calculator. There is no charge. Training and testing will take approximately 2 to 3 hours.

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 For more information, call the Nebraska Extension Office in Cheyenne County at 308-254-4455.   

Quicken for Farm and Ranch Record Keeping

 When prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the farm or ranch for more than just tax time.

 Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

 Quicken’s checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but Educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the tax Schedule F.

Quicken allows organization of finances by category and subclasses, but also a tag feature that is useful for splitting enterprises, by partnership share, or by farm or ranch. Quicken allows users to split transactions, so one check written at a local gas station can be divided among several expenses: fast food, oil for the tractor, and farm fuel for the feed pickup.

Reports such as transactions, cash flow, account balances, balance sheet, comparison, and tax summary, can easily be generated, information filtered and layout modified. Quicken files can also be exported to QuickBooks®, used by many tax accountants.

The hands-on training will include computer time with Quicken. Educators will also show how to run reports helpful for financial decisions. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

Feb. 2, 6 - 9 p.m., Kimball-Banner Counties Extension Office, Kimball, to register call Aaron Berger, Extension Educator 308-235-3122

Field Assessment to Improve Efficiency Worskhop February 24 in Sidney

Nebraska Extension is hosting a free workshop for farmers interested in field sustainability and continuous improvement. Using the Field to Market Fieldprint calculator, farmers can document sustainability of a given field or farm. Farmers enter management and production information which will allow them to compare fields with national, state, and local averages for the metrics of yield, erosion, irrigation efficiency, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Data and production information is confidential. It is expected that in the future some grain markets will require such documentation. Find out about the new world of sustainability metrics and why farmers will be thinking in terms of carbon equivalents per bushel in the near future.

 The free workshop will be Friday, Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. - noon, at the South Platte Natural Resources District Office, 551 Parkland Drive in Sidney. Please preregister for this workshop by Feb. 21 by calling the Cheyenne County Extension Office at 308-254-4455. Participants are asked to complete a Field Print Calculator data sheet in advance to speed up data entry into the tool during the workshop. See the Field to Market Flyer for more information.

“Ranching for Profitability” Meetings Held Across Nebraska

What are pillars to beef productivity?  Grazing, reproduction, economics, and cattle health are key to beef profitability and will be covered in half-day workshops across Nebraska by beef specialists and educators. 

“Ranching for Profitability” meetings will be held from 10 am to 2 pm (local time) and 5 pm to 9 pm (local time).  Locations include, Kimball on Jan. 19; Burwell, Broken Bow on Jan. 24; Lexington, and Brady on Jan. 25.  Contact the local Extension Office one week prior for a meal count.  Please note: speakers and topics may vary by location- contact the local extension office for a list of topics and speakers.

Nebraska Extension beef specialist, Rick Funston, will discuss “Estrous Synchronization and Considerations”.  Dennis Bauer, extension educator, and Jerry Volesky, Range & Forage specialist, will cover grazing.  Meadow renovation, grazing irrigated annuals as part of a year-long grazing plan, and annual forages for fall and winter grazing will be reviewed.  Looking into the economics of a beef operation, Aaron Berger, extension educator, will examine “Points of Leverage on the Ranch to Improve Profit”.  Cattle health is greatly influenced by fly populations, according to Dave Boxler, livestock entomologist educator, who will cover “Pasture Fly Control on Cattle”.

Pre-registration required for a meal count (one week prior).  All times are local.

*January 19 – Gordon (Gordon City Hall 10 am–2 pm) 308-327-2312;
*January 19 - Kimball (4-H Building 5 pm–9 pm) 308-235-3122;
*January 24 – Burwell (Burwell Legion Club 10 am–2 pm) 308-346-4200;
*January 24 - Broken Bow (Country Club 5 pm–9 pm) 308-872-6831;
*January 25 – Lexington (Dawson County Extension Office 10 am–2 pm), 308-324-5501;
*January 25 - Brady (Brady Community Center 5 pm–9 pm) 308-532-2683;

Please call the office one week prior if you plan to attend.  Cost is $15/person.  Brought to you by Nebraska Extension, and local sponsors.

Grain Marketing Workshop

 A free grain marketing workshop will be held on Feb. 1 at the Cheyenne County Community Center in Sidney from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop will help grain producers minimize losses during this time of low prices.

Workshops are funded by the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Complimentary lunch is sponsored by Crossroads Cooperative Association. The workshop is limited to 40 participants. 

 Nebraska Extension Educators will present location and commodity specific marketing information. Topics include developing a written marketing plan, and understanding basis and carrying charges. The workshops feature the Marketing in a New Era simulator and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application. 

 Register by visiting or by calling Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator at 308-254-4455.


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