News from Nebraska Extension Educators
Upcoming Beef Programs from Extension Educator Erin Laborie:
The Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held in Kearney, August 8 & 9 for beginning and experience graziers, land managers and all who are concerned with the utilization and conservation of grazing lands. Topics will includ fencing and water points, vegetation for livestock and wildlife, beef systems initiative, NRCS cost share programs and others. Read more.
The Beef Quality Assurance Stockmanship Clinic will be held in North Platte on August 22, 2017. This clinic will be helpful to those working with livestock. Attending the program will allow you to be a BQA Certified Beef Producer. Read More
May 2017 Climate Update
May turned out to be typical for Nebraska, with touches of winter bringing snow to areas of the state and touches of spring bringing tornadic activity to others. May also saw dryness recede completely, with mostly above-average precipitation recorded across Nebraska. Read that and more in the May edition of Climate Update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.
Gypsum Soil Benefits - Todd Whitney
Gypsum is a common mineral throughout the world and used for many purposes. In the U.S., most gypsum is used to make drywall (wallboard) for homes, offices and commercial construction. According to the University of Kentucky, a typical new American home contains more than 7 tons of gypsum alone. Also, gypsum is used worldwide for concrete in highways, bridges and buildings.
Synthetic gypsum (calcium sulfate hydrate) is a by-product of the coal industry when burning scrubbers continuously clean air emissions from coal boiler burners. The fluidized coal boiler bed of limestone mainly comprises sand-sized particles of calcium sulfate and lime. Read More
Improving Soil Infiltration - Todd Whitney
Soil infiltration rates quantify the ability of fields to move water into and through the soil profiles. These infiltration rate measurements identify how fast water enters the soil usually recorded in inches per hour. In-field infiltration assessment may be expressed as minutes needed for a soil to absorb each inch of water applied to the surface then converted to inches per hour.
Many factors influence soil infiltration rates. First, the time from the onset of rainfall or irrigation application impacts soil absorption. Read More
Combat Crabrass!!! - Elizabeth Killinger, Horticulture Specialist
Warm weather and timely rains means two things. Spring is here. Weeds aren’t far behind. Find out what you can do now to help prevent weeds from taking over your lawn this year.
Crabgrass is the main target for early season preemergence herbicides in turf. It needs a minimum soil temperature of 50 to 55 degrees to germinate. Normally, that soil temperature is reached the end of April or the beginning of May. This year, however, we might reach those optimum germinating temperatures a bit sooner than expected. The soil temperatures for Grand Island were close to 47 degrees at the end of March. To see what the soil temperatures are in your area, you can visit http://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropwatchsoiltemperature. Read More