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This Week on N Field: Cover Crop Spring Management

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 10:40
Soil Management Extension Educator Katja Koehler-Cole shares important information that may help producers target an optimum termination date.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: April 11, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 10:10
Next week's forecast includes a risk of severe weather on Monday, followed by cooler temperatures and a possible frost Friday and Saturday across the state.

Rural Prosperity Nebraska propels rural leadership development forward with statewide virtual conferences

The heartbeat of rural communities is their leadership. Recognizing this vital aspect of community wellbeing, Rural Prosperity Nebraska invites leaders of rural Nebraska to join in a new series of virtual gatherings aimed at fortifying community leadership development.

Following the success of the Leadership Chautauqua held in Kearney last fall, where over 100 community leaders converged for a day of enlightenment and collaboration, Rural Prosperity Nebraska is forging ahead with the next step in leadership development with three Zoom discussions throughout April.

Campus Leaders, Students Meet with U.S. Ag Secretary During Visit

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 16:15
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (from left) talks to UNO Chancellor Joanne Li, UNL Chancellor Rodney D. Bennett, and Mike Boehm, vice chancellor for UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, on March 28. (Photo by Ryan Soderlin, University of Nebraska Omaha) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Nebraska in late March to discuss the future of agriculture with farmers, ag business owners, agricultural industry leaders, and University of Nebraska administrators and students.

USDA Invests $124 Million in Clean Energy and Fertilizer Projects

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 16:01
Numerous Nebraska businesses have received assistance from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program so far this year to establish clean energy facilities and increase domestic fertilizer production. Learn more about these initiatives below. Three Nebraska businesses are among the award recipients of USDA's renewable energy program, which helps fund projects that will lower energy costs, generate new income and create jobs for the ag industry.

USDA to Host Data Users’ Meeting to Gather Public Input on Statistical Programs

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 14:47
The April 16 Data Users' Meeting will include USDA updates followed by an open forum session with questions and comments. Free to the public with a virtual attendance option, the Data Users' Meeting is held to share recent and pending statistical program changes with the public and to solicit input on these and other programs important to agriculture.

Pasture Lease Provisions in 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 14:21
This webinar on pasture lease considerations features discussion by Anastasia Meyer, extension agricultural economist, UNL Center for Agricultural Profitability; and Aaron Berger, livestock systems educator, Nebraska Extension. This Center for Agricultural Profitability webinar reviews lease provisions that producers should have in pasture leases, as well as information about beef cow share agreements.

Considerations for Building Cow Inventories at Current Prices

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 12:34
Thursday, April 11, 2024

Calf prices are encouraging cow-calf producers to increase cow inventories to have more calves to sell. Consider the following points when evaluating growing the cowherd.

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2024 Tractor Safety Days Scheduled for May, June Across Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 11:51
Nebraska Extension Educator John Thomas, right, discusses a tractor's engine with a student before the driving exam. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) The annual event will provide the training and testing necessary for Nebraska youth who require certification to perform duties on a farm, including a Hands-on Safety Day, and tractor and equipment safety training.

UNL-TAPS: Reflections on Seven Years of Irrigation and Nitrogen Management

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 10:48
Extension insights on the year-to-year variability in corn yield response to irrigation and nitrogen (N) fertilizer rates throughout seven years of the TAPS sprinkler irrigated corn competition.

Coal Char Enhances Manure and Soil Management to Improve Crop Production

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 09:32
Coal char is applied to a cattle pen for research. After a snowfall, coal ash-applied pens dried quicker than the control pens, which was beneficial for cattle health. A byproduct of processing sugarbeets, coal char has the potential to optimize soil nutrients and increase crop yields. In this article, UNL researchers share results of a study on incorporating coal char amendments into corn and dry bean cropland.

Free Farm and Ag Law Clinics Set for April

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/10/2024 - 10:57
Though the farm finance and ag law clinics are offered monthly at sites across Nebraska, remote sessions are another option — call the number below to arrange a one-on-one meeting via phone or virtual platform. There are two dates left in April for producers who are interested in receiving free legal and financial services — April 25 in Norfolk and April 26 in Greeley.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Drones for Livestock Management, Drought Recovery

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/09/2024 - 17:29
Though the startup costs can seem daunting, drones can help producers save time and reduce costs on numerous tasks involved in managing livestock. This week, extension educators weigh in on the pros and cons of drone use for livestock, and considerations for drought-damaged pastures and controlling winter annual weeds in alfalfa.

Crop Progress: Oats at 31% Planted, Wheat Condition Improved

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/09/2024 - 16:03
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Oat planting continues to surge ahead of average pace this year, and the winter wheat crop conditions showed slight improvement following recent precipitation.

Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool to Digitize Crop Nutrient Management Launches Nationwide

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/09/2024 - 13:54
The new Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool, which provides critical phosphorus and potassium soil test values, will soon include a research-based phosphorus or potassium rate response information to assist farmers in selecting the minimum fertilizer rate expected to produce maximal crop yield.. The new web-based tool represents a significant advancement in soil testing for phosphorus and potassium and nutrient management, and will potentially save farmers millions of dollars annually while reducing excess nutrient losses to the environment.

Heifer Harmony: Optimal Management for Heifers in the Feedlot

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 16:13
Monday, April 8, 2024

Reprinted from Protein Producers, Spring 2024, and updated with statistics current as of April 2, 2024. 

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Rural Prosperity Nebraska opens discussion about climate resiliency

Rural Prosperity Nebraska, the community development arm of Nebraska Extension, is kicking off a series of discussions focusing on climate resiliency in rural communities. Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, this project, titled Rural Confluence, seeks to help educators understand and address climate issues that directly impact rural residents. An informational meeting takes place Tuesday in Niobrara. Niobrara area residents are encouraged to attend to learn how to get involved.

Best practices for needle selection, use and care in cattle health

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 10:51
Friday, April 5, 2024

Disposable hypodermic needles are a necessary tool in maintaining cattle health. They provide a convenient and economical route to deliver products to animals in a safe and effective manner. Understanding when and how to use them are key components in a herd health protocol.  

Choosing the right needle

Source: BQA Field Guide, www.bqa.org

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This Week on N Field: Severe Weather

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 10:41
Are you prepared for severe weather in 2024? In this episode, extension reviews some of the most important aspects of preparing for weather-related emergencies on the farm.