Nebraska Extension in Colfax County
Quality Assurance ProgramWe are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at yqca.learngrow.io. You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office.
Did you know?The creation, and implementation, of new 4-H STEM programs to meet the needs of Colfax County school enrichment and afterschool programming, has increased outreach to underserved audiences by 20%.
Through the use of new 4-H robotics curricula, obtained through a partnership with Cargill Meat Solutions in Schuyler, Nebraska Extension staff have delivered STEM programming into 90% of Colfax County schools.
153 farmers and crop advisors representing 1.3 million acres attended the Soybean Management Field Day held on a cooperator’s farm north of Schuyler in 2016. Respondents indicated an average value of knowledge gained and/or practice changes of $8.90 per acre.
Emerald Ash Borer RecommendationsBottom line for homeowners at this time – Wait to treat until Emerald Ash Borer has been found within 15 miles of a tree!
Now is the time to be deciding whether you will treat your ash tree or not. If there is room near an ash tree, consider planting another tree for down the road.
Crop Tech CafeWeekly reports on local crop conditions & agronomic issues
Take the Guess Work Out of Cow/Calf ManagementAn updated online course is designed to benefit cattlemen currently in the beef business or those just getting started.
Rental rates for irrigated, dryland and pasture acres are a common question received by our office. There are two resources that can be used to start a conversation between land owner and tenant: 1) UNL Department of Ag Economics Survey (pdf) published every March that covers land values as well as cash rents and 2) USDA NASS Cash Rent Survey (pdf) published every other year.
The 2017 Colfax County Fair is July 19-23rd. For more information be sure to visit the Colfax County Fair website.
The 2016 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates were recently released to help farmers and landowners determine fair rates for many different field actions like planting, spraying, harvesting, and hauling. These rates are updated every two years, with two parts:Part 1 - Covers tillage, planting, and other field operations (pdf) and Part 2 - Covers harvest and hauling operations (pdf)