Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County will be a host site for the third season of the Field to Market initiative that seeks to enhance the knowledge of Nebraska corn, soybean and wheat producers on their sustainability and operational efficiency measures. Participating farmers will use a web based tool called the Fieldprint® Calculator. Calculating "Fieldprints" can help growers to establish benchmark data on a field and track improvements overtime, set energy saving and efficiency goals and compare performance against local, state and national benchmarks.
The Fieldprint Calculator is simple to use, though the technology behind it is very complex. The field assessment initiative led by Nebraska Extension is a hands-on workshop and participating growers will take home documentation on eight sustainability and efficiency indicators.
These measures are Land Use, Conservation, Soil Carbon, Irrigation Water Use, Water Quality, Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Quality. Eventually there may be incentives for improving these efficiencies on your farm or even requirements if you want to market your grain to a particular company. Participants will select a representative crop field for 2016 and complete a data input sheet in advance of the Fieldprint® Calculator workshops. Meals and workshop materials are sponsored at the Auburn site. Computer laptops are provided to participants or you can bring your own.
The workshop instructors include a core team of University of Nebraska Extension Educators and Specialists. They are Randy Pryor, Charles Shapiro, Gary Lesoing, John Hay and Tyler Williams. The workshop will be held at the Nemaha County Hospital in their classroom on Tuesday, February 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information and to pre-register by the February 24th deadline, contact the Nemaha County Extension office at 402-274-4755 or email Gary Lesoing at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend this morning session in Auburn, there is a later afternoon session at the Gage County Extension Office in Beatrice from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (no meal included). To preregister for this session, call 402-223-1384.