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Custom Operators Invited to Participate in UNL Nebraska Custom Rates Survey

Results from the 2024 Custom Rates Survey will be published by second quarter of 2024. The survey includes spring and summer operations such as tillage, planting and haying in part one, and part two surveys operations typically done in the fall, including grain harvest, hauling, cutting ensilage, hauling livestock and other miscellaneous operations.

Poll: Most Rural Nebraskans Unfamiliar with Farm Bill but Support Programs

Most rural Nebraskans report being unfamiliar with the Farm Bill and federal agricultural policy, according to the 2023 Nebraska Rural Poll.

Two-thirds of rural Nebraskans surveyed are either very unfamiliar (43%) or somewhat unfamiliar (23%) with federal ag policy. Twenty-seven percent are somewhat familiar, and only 7% report being very familiar.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Considerations for Grazing After Fall Fertilizers, Using Alfalfa as Protein Supplement

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 12/06/2023 - 11:00
One of the cheapest natural sources of protein, alfalfa hay is highly digestible and can increase consumption of low-quality feeds, making it a great supplement for winter diets. Extension insights on grazing crop residue following fertilizer applications and using alfalfa as a protein supplement in winter feed.

Long-term Planning

Cold temperatures have come, the garden has frozen, the leaves are falling, and outdoor activities are coming to an end. It may be a good time to start planning.

Long term planning is very important to communities. I’m not just talking about a comprehensive plan that is required for grant applications. I’m talking about planning on what you want your community to look like in the future.

2024 Crop Production Clinics Begin Jan. 3, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 12/05/2023 - 16:45
The annual Crop Production Clinics are customized to address topics specific to the diverse growing areas across Nebraska, allowing attendees to engage with research-based information on the issues that may be faced locally. The 2024 Crop Production Clinics will provide Nebraska producers with research and training on management of soil fertility, water and irrigation, insect pests, plant diseases, weeds, cropping systems, and agribusiness concerns.

Agriculture and Community Well-Being: A Review of Three Research Studies

Personal observations are often obscure to the facts. For instance, recently I worked at a booth at Husker Harvest Days. The booth focused on rural community development. My observations were that many of the agricultural producers decided to not stop at our booth or for those who did stop, conversations showed a disconnect of the importance of their local community to their farm operations. Similarly, when working with communities, I have observed the lack of understanding of the importance of the agricultural producers to the local community’s well-being.

Make Your Own Trail Mix

Latest Updates from food.unl.edu - Mon, 12/04/2023 - 15:47
Nutrition Software Used: ESHA Food ProcessorNotes: 

Portion into ½ cup servings and pack in to-go containers or zip-top bags.

Newsletter/Program:  Nutrition Education Program Archive Link: https://food.unl.edu/nutrition-education-program-nepContact Info: Jean Ann FischerTaxonomy Term Description: 

The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) delivers evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions through a combination of education strategies coupled with multi-level community changes that occur within the environment to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.

This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).


  • 1 cup unsalted nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews)
  • 1 cup unsalted seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, mango, bananas, pineapple)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cereal (oatmeal, rice or wheat square-shaped cereal, circle-shaped cereal)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Store in an air-tight container, in a cool, dark place. For maximum freshness, consume within 3 months.
Category:  Snacks Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1/2 cupCalories: 210Total Fat: 13Saturated Fat: 1.5Potassium: 2Total Sugars: 16Iron: 10Protein: 4Fiber: 2Added Sugars: 0Total Carbohydrates: 22Sodium: 15Cholesterol: 0Vitamin C: 2Photo by Marusa Jonas

This Week on N Field: Winter Pesticide Storage

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 12/01/2023 - 10:55
It's critical to properly store your leftover pesticides during the winter to retain effectiveness, and checking the label is the first step. Watch this N Field for more pesticide considerations as the temperatures drop.

2023 Income Tax Updates for Farmers and Ranchers

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 12/01/2023 - 10:40
For more webinars on farm and ranch management, profitability, economics and farm survival for producers and ag industry professionals, visit the Center for Agricultural Profitability website. This webinar reviews 2023 tax considerations for farmers and ranchers, including crop insurance, deferral options for livestock sales, potential law changes and more.

Returning to the Farm Workshop Dec. 8-9 in Grand Island

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 12/01/2023 - 08:54
Participants of this Returning to the Farm workshop will benefit from two additional virtual training sessions, scheduled for Jan. 11 and Feb. 8. See details below. The two-day workshop will assist families and agricultural operations with developing financial plans and successful working arrangements to meet their unique needs.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: Nov. 30, 2023

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 12/01/2023 - 08:37
Next week will begin with a low chance of showers, followed by mild weather with temperatures in the 50s.

Evaluation of Digital Ag Tools on Soybean Stand Count

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 15:58
Determining early-season soybean stand count is critical for informed decisions on potential replanting. This study explores the application and accuracy rate of drone technology for stand count assessments.

USDA NASS to Collect 2023 Crop Production and Stocks Data

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 15:10
Historical crop production reports for Nebraska are available at USDA. Results of the the survey will be published Jan. 12, 2024 in the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report on USDA NASS's site.

Northern Plains Farm Labor for 2023

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 14:42
Historical farm labor data for Nebraska is available at USDA. The number of workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches in the Northern Plains is down slightly from 2022, and wages are up across the board.

Wheat Shows Good Promise Going Into Winter

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 14:32
A mild fall and favorable planting conditions set the scene for good winter wheat emergence in the Panhandle, but the mild winter weather currently forecast for Nebraska could complicate the crop's long-term outlook.

The Importance of Maintaining High Uniformity of Water Application of Center Pivot

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 11:03
Research demonstrates that investing in nozzle replacement will not only mitigate potential losses but also provide an opportunity for substantial profit. For optimal crop production, it's crucial that a center pivot distributes water uniformly across the field. This article highlights the results of a UNL study on yield impacts before and after nozzle replacement in a low-yielding Nebraska field.

2024 Soils School to Feature Fundamentals of Soils and Nutrient Management

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 11/29/2023 - 19:19
During the two-day school in February, leading experts from the University of Nebraska will present research-based recommendations of primary crop nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

UNL Webinar to Cover Corporate Transparency Act Requirements for Farm and Ranch Businesses

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 11/29/2023 - 17:44
The Corporate Transparency Act will require most U.S. corporations and limited liability companies to file basic information regarding the officers and major owners of the business, in an effort to prevent money laundering and similar criminal activities. Webinar participants will learn more about the act, why it was adopted and what information will need to be filed in 2024 for farm and ranch businesses.

USDA Announces 2022 Census of Agriculture Data Release Details

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 11/29/2023 - 17:13
In addition to the U.S. territory ag census data collection, two ag census special studies that will provide more in-depth information on certain industries will be conducted this fall and winter: the 2023 Census of Aquaculture and the 2023 Irrigation and Water Management Survey. The 2022 Census of Agriculture data will be released online on Feb. 13, 2024.