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Wheat Disease Update

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:23
In 2019, wet weather during the growing season favored the development of wheat diseases including Fusarium head blight, leaf rust, stripe rust, bacterial streak, and take-all. This update highlights these diseases, the environmental factors that favor their development, and their management.

Ag Expo and Poultry Manure Workshop Coming to Butler County in February

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:12
Producers in Butler County have the opportunity to participate in two upcoming events, both in David City.

Announcing Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection!

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 12:53

Check out Nebraska's most talented student designers! Omaha Fashion Week is kicking off with a Student Night on Tuesday, February 25. View collections from Nebraska 4-H, Burke High School, Omaha South High School, Omaha Central High School, Nebraska FCCLA, Joslyn Art Museum's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, and Joslyn's Fashion Arts Mentor Program in partnership with Yates Community Center! Before the Show, OFW producer Brook Hudson will how a Q&A panel discussion on careers in creative industries such as fashion, beauty, design, and more! 

Thirty-six Nebraska 4-H members applied to participate in the 4-H collection. Garment entries were to be fashion-forward, runway appropriate, and display high-quality construction. The collection features garments with high-level skill and creativity. Congratulations to the 14 4-H members who were selected to show their garments on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week on Tuesday, February 25!

  • Kiersten Preister, Platte County
  • Matalie Wallin, Chase County
  • Amber Gonzalez, Red Willow County
  • Mariah Dather, Knox County
  • Karla Herrarte, Dawson County
  • Saidi Ringenberg, Dawson County
  • Sydni Ringenberg, Dawson County
  • Audrey Glaubius, Cuming County
  • AnnaLiese Reha, Hamilton County
  • Ellie Babcock, Lancaster County
  • Addison Zook, Butler County
  • Amma Haszard, Lancaster County
  • Abigail Haszard, Lancaster County
  • Mackenzie Sudbeck, Cedar County

Omaha Fashion Week will take place at the Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park). Doors open at 6:00 PM. The Fashion Show begins at 8:00 PM. 

Omaha Fashion Week provides a professional platform to showcase the work of regional independent fashion designs on a bi-annual basis. Omaha Fashion Week has become the Midwest's largest fashion event. Student Night partners include Develop Model Management, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Omaha Public Schools, FCCLA, Xenon Academy, and 4-H!

Tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchase direction from Omaha Fashion Week. Due to the popularity of the event, it is recommended to purchase tickets as early as possible. 

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Wet Bales Can Tip the Scales

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:12
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The past few months, we’ve been focusing quite a bit on the issues that can arise when hay gets a bit too wet: combustion, mold, and Maillard reactions.  One often overlooked issue that can arise from wet hay is just the moisture itself. 


Congratulations to the 2020 Congress Delegates

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:07

National 4-H Congress is an award program that provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H. It is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. Each year, Nebraska 4-H can send delegates to National 4-H Congress. Nebraska delegates are selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting their Senior Achievement Application for state competition. This year, 15 Nebraska 4-H delegates were chosen to receive a partial scholarship to attend the 2020 National 4-H Congress. An additional 4 alternates were selected who may attend at their own expense. 

2020 Delegates & Alternates

4-H Photography Showcase

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:42

A Plate of History by Clare Bauman, Lancaster County

"This is a picture of the license plate from an old car at my grandpa's farm. I found out the car belongs to my great-uncle. I thought it was interesting because the license plate was celebrating the Centennial year of Nebraska. That was almost 40 years before I was born!"

Flaunt your photography, and submit your favorite photo for a chance for it to be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H social media channels.

The NEW 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. 4-H'ers are invited to submit their favorite photos through the online submission form. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year. Each month, a new photo will be selected from the submissions and will be showcased online by Nebraska 4-H. 

Submit Your Photo

Principles for Care and Management of the Cow and Calf at Calving

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:41
Monday, January 27, 2020 In this roundtable podcast, the veterinary team at the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center discusses calving principles that producers can use to enhance their care and management of both cow and calf.Spanish: 

Free Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics this February

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:23
Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven sites across the state in February 2020. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor.

Quarterly Webinar Series Addresses Nebraska Land Management Issues

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:45
The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will continue its webinar series, “Land Management Quarterly,” on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Manure: Waste or Valuable Agricultural Resource?

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:41
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Stories about manure often illustrate two opposing sentiments. Is manure a “Waste” that pollutes our water resources and creates undesirable nuisances for communities?  Or, is manure a “Resource” that reduces the demand inorganic fertilizers and improves the health of our soils? 


Seeding Recommendations for Irrigated Soybean and Dryland Corn in West-Central Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:25
Continuous corn is the most common irrigated crop sequence in southwest Nebraska. Although rotating to other crops, such as soybeans, can mitigate some production issues of continuous corn and often boost the next year’s corn yield, larger adoption of soybean has not readily occurred in this area.

Winter Nutrition: Are You Staying Ahead or Getting Behind?

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:49
Friday, January 24, 2020

As winter progresses, winter nutrition and increased environmental stress on cows may concern many cow-calf producers. Winter nutritional management affects not only the profitability of a beef cowherd, but also the future performance of the cow and her offspring. With that in mind, building a nutritional program for a cow-calf system requires understanding nutritional requirements, knowing the “stress periods” that can happen, and knowing the quality and quantity of your forage resources. 


Main Factors Influencing Yellow Field Pea Protein Content in Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:40
Yellow field peas (Pisum sativum L.) recently gained popularity across Nebraska due to their rotational benefits and increase in consumers' demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products.

Sharing Animal Agriculture’s Sustainability Story

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:24
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Animal agriculture often endures criticism from our neighbors and consumers relative to sustainability. But when it comes to management of carbon and nutrients, animal agriculture has a positive story to share.  Many environmental and sustainability organizations promote the importance of a “circular economy” for increasing sustainability.  Farmers should help our neighbors and consumers recognize agriculture’s long term practice of implementing this circular economy.


Beef Profit Tips for 2020

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:45
Saturday, February 1, 2020

During the winter and spring of 2020 Nebraska Beef Extension Educators will host 7 beef profitability workshops in Eastern Nebraska to help Beef Producers evaluate their operations to make them more profitable through the latest research information. Topics will vary depending on presenter and specific location. These workshops have been held across Nebraska for the past sixteen years. The cost is $15.00 but may vary from location to location depending on local sponsorship. 


Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is Feb. 20-21

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:33
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 35 years Feb. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

Workshops and presentations will offer tools and information to help women better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners.


Asking “Why?” with Systems Thinking: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:53
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Beef production from conception to consumption is a complex, biological system where cause and effect are often distant in time and space.   For example, things that occurred to a calf while it was developing inside of a cow, can impact that animal throughout its life all the way to harvest. This can make it challenging to identify and address the actual source of a problem when it is observed.   To better understand and address the source of problems, consider asking the question “why?”  


Sugar Beet Pulp Shortage and Alternative Energy Sources for Beef Cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:48
Saturday, February 1, 2020

The adverse weather conditions experienced by most agriculturalists in 2019 certainly impacted sugar beet production. The reduced volume of sugar beets available for sugar production has impacted the amount of the by-product, sugar beet pulp, available for beef cattle diets this winter.

Sugar beet pulp is often used in gestating cow diets in the winter to increase the energy density of a forage based diet. The highly digestible fiber in sugar beet pulp gives it a total digestible nutrient or TDN value of 85-90%. The crude protein value is approximately 10%.


Common Problems Regarding Center Pivot Operating Pressure and Uniformity

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:38
Pivots operating below or above the designed water pressure can create uniformity issues across fields and/or increase operating expenses.