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Nebraska Livestock Judging Team Places at Nationals

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:21

Nebraska's 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently participated in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The contest was held at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) on November 20, 2019, in Louisville, KY. Thirty states were represented with 109 participants in the contest.

Nebraska's four-person team from Box Butte County included:

  • Jayce Meyring 
  • Wade Sanders 
  • Macala Hood
  • Jayda Meyring

The team was coached by Jay Meyring, Shauna Meyring, and Teresa Sanders.

Together, the Nebraska team finished 12th Overall and was only 4 points from being in the top 10. The team also placed 12th in sheep and goats, 12th in beef, 16th in swine, and 17th in reasons. Individuals are also recognized as All-Americans for placing in the top 20 overall. Jayce Meyring was recognized as an All-American for placing in 15th overall. Jayce also placed 17th in Beef, and Jayda Meyring placed 20th in Performance Beef.

Following the awards breakfast, Macala Hood said: "Even though the competition was tough; I think for us and how young we are we really did do great!"

"Then to be able to represent Nebraska in something on the national level was truly an honor," said Wade Sanders.

The team was awarded this opportunity as the first place senior livestock judging team at the 2019 state 4-H contest. The state 4-H livestock judging contest is held each year as part of the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. PASE offers a variety of 4-H animal science contests, including meats judging, poultry judging, livestock judging, livestock skillathon, and livestock quiz bowl. Each year, the top placing senior teams are awarded opportunities to participate in national 4-H contests. In 2020, PASE will be held on June 22-23.

"It was and is truly a dream come true to compete at Nationals," said Jayce Meyring.

"The opportunity was amazing, and it was so much fun to be able to see the country and livestock around the area, especially the horses," Jayda Meyring said. "And hopefully, it won't be the last time." She hopes to return to NAILE in the future as a college competitor.

Monday's Heuermann Lecture to Focus on Advancing Agriculture, Protecting Ecosystems

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 14:23
Achieving major advances in crop production while preserving Nebraska's healthy agricultural ecosystems is the topic of a panel discussion Nov. 25, the first of the 2019-2020 Heuermann Lectures. Attend in person or view live online.

Corn Harvest, at 85%, Nears the Finish Line

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 13:17
With warmer days last week, corn harvest made good progress and by Nov. 17 was 85% done, near last year's 86% but still behind the five-year average of 91%.

Ag Economist David Kohl to Speak Dec. 9 in Bruning

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:26
Agricultural economist David Kohl will be the first speaker in the 2019-2020 Farmers and Ranchers College Series.

Several Precipitation Options Forecast for Next 2 Weeks

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:57
Our stretch of relatively dry weather is coming to an end, with three storms now forecast to roll through Nebraska in the next two weeks. Rain and snow are likely in some areas so stay informed and prepared for winter weather.

Free Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics this December

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 17:13
Free clinics with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in December. The clinics are confidential, one-on-one meetings.

New USDA Harvest Projections Down from 2018

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 17:09
Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2019 corn crop is forecast at 1.77 billion bushels, down 1% from 2018. Soybean production is forecast at 282 million bushels, down 13%.

New Introductory Cover Crop Guides Cater to Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:48
Two new guides from the Midwest Cover Crops Council and Nebraska Extension offer key "how to" information for growers interested in integrating cover crops into their traditional corn-soybean rotation.

Conference for Women Managing Agricultural Land Dec. 11

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 08:26
Female agriculture landowners, farmers, and ranchers looking to increase their business management skills are encouraged to register for the 2019 Women Managing Agricultural Land conference.

Update: Yield and Water Use of Field Peas and Chickpeas Under Irrigation

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:49
Figure 1. Study of irrigated chickpeas at Grant (left) and harvesting irrigated chickpea plot in 2019. (Photos by Strahinja Stepanovic) Research in southwest Nebraska looks at potential water savings of adding field peas and chickpeas into corn and soybean rotations where irrigation water is limited. Both crops efficiently used early season precipitation to produce good dryland yields.

Early Chill May Impact Sugarbeet Quality

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:22
Low temperatures in western Nebraska may have caused some sugarbeets to start decaying, making them unacceptable for sugar production for human consumption but an economical source of feed for cattle.

Manure Transfer from Permitted Livestock Operations

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:09
Thursday, November 7, 2019 In this webinar, Dr. Amy Millmier Schmidt discusses manure transfers from permitted concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).Spanish: 

Timing Manure Application to Avoid Neighbor Nuisances

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:03
Thursday, November 7, 2019 In this webinar, Dr. Rick Koelsch discusses ways to minimize odor nuisances associated with manure application. Spanish: