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April 30 Cover Crops Field Days Includes Tours and Research Updates

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 20:35
The Cover Crops Field Day is free to attend, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. April 30 in Concord. (ENREEC photo) Attendees of the Cover Crops Field Day will learn about the N equivalence of cover crops, identifying species and understanding growth stages, and ways to incorporate cover crops to mitigate nitrate leaching in cornfields.

Climate Center’s Online Tool Strengthens Understanding of Wind Trends

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 18:17
Jamie Lahowetz manages the High Plains Regional Climate Center’s Automated Weather Data Network, which collects and processes a range of climate data across a six-state region. The center, affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is operated by the School of Natural Resources at Nebraska. (Photo by Ryan Soderlin, University of Nebraska at Omaha) The new online wind climatology tool provides detailed wind data for any location in Nebraska, which will have practical, valuable applications for the agriculture industry, energy sector and emergency services.

Nebraska Farm Income Projected to Fall in 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 18:00
Nebraska’s net farm income is projected at $6 billion in 2024, down from $7.2 billion in 2023. (CAP photo) The projected decline is attributed to a downturn in crop receipts in the state — due to lower crop prices in 2023 — that look to fall further in 2024.

IANR Summit Highlights Water, Nutrient Management Innovations

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 17:32
Moderator Katie Pekarek addresses guests of the 'Nutrient and Water Efforts and Opportunities' panel during the 2024 IANR Water and Nutrient Management Summit in March. (WICS photo) Ag researchers and industry stakeholders gathered in March to discuss the latest in water and nutrient research, technology, water quality concerns in Nebraska, and more.

The Nebraska Range Short Course and Grazing School team up in 2024

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 16:40
Thursday, April 4, 2024

The 2024 Nebraska Range Short Course is teaming up with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) Grazing School on June 25 – 27, 2024 at the Spring Lake Ranch south of Gordon, Nebraska to host an event that will give individuals an opportunity to increase their skills with grazing, rangeland management, and livestock production.


Tips for Recycling Pesticide Containers in 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:49
Recycled container plastic is repurposed for things such as pallets and culvert piping. (UNL PSEP file photo) There are numerous ways for private and commercial applicators to safely and responsibly dispose of their pesticide containers throughout the growing season.

Crop Progress: Oat Planting Begins

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:26
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. Oat planting is ahead of schedule this year, with 12% of acreage planted as of March 31.

UNL Schedules 2024 Wheat Variety Tours

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 13:52
Growers and extension educators at a wheat plot at last year’s HPAL Wheat Variety Tour. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) During each of the eight tours across Nebraska in June, members of the UNL wheat research team and seed industry partners will share insights on varieties and answer questions about variety selection, production and pest/disease concerns.

UNL contributes to the identification of new genetic defects in cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:18
Thursday, April 4, 2024

University of Nebraska — Lincoln researchers have recently identified two new genetic mutations, delayed blindness in Herefords, and bovine familial convulsions and ataxia (BFCA) in Angus cattle.

Understanding and identifying genetic mutations allows beef producers to make breeding decisions that avoid producing cattle affected by those mutations. Working toward that goal, UNL researchers have spent years studying genomics, identifying mutations and developing tests to help producers make those decisions.


Pasture and Forage Minute: Double Cropping Forages, Wheat Grazing vs. Grain Value

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 18:38
Lush spring growth brings with it the risk of grass tetany, due to its low magnesium levels. To avoid tetany issues, it’s best to wait until grass in pastures has grown to at least six inches high before grazing. Extension educators share recommendations on double cropping annual forages on irrigated cropland and avoiding grass tetany, as well as assist livestock producers with the decision to use wheat as forage or grain this year.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Evaluating Alfalfa Stands, Fertilizing Cool-season Grass

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 17:36
Evaluating your alfalfa stand in the spring is key to planning management and setting expectations for this year. Recommendations on getting an accurate assessment of alfalfa stands this spring and fertilizing cool-season grass pastures and hayfields for optimal forage yields.

Interseeding Cover Crop into Soybean

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 12:55
Results of a 2022-23 study on the impacts of interseeding cover crops into soybean on soybean seed yield and nutrient dynamics for the following corn crop.

Kobza finds own path in industry, now recognized as Trailblazer by NCBA

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 11:37
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Lincoln, Neb. —It was the kindness of a family friend that helped Anna Kobza find her way into the agriculture industry by loaning two heifers for a 4-H project one summer. Ever since, Kobza has paved her own way in the industry to learn everything she could about beef production. Today, Kobza is pursuing an animal science doctoral degree while advocating for the beef industry via Instagram, where she has more than 90,000 followers.


April 2024 Rangeland and Pasture Update

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 14:21
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

As we come into early April it is important to take time to think about rangeland and pasture conditions and make sure grazing plans are ready for the growing season in 2024. Much of the state has seen close to normal precipitation since October first (current water year), however, parts of the state, especially counties in the south and east of the state, that experienced drought last summer are still experiencing drier than normal conditions.


Cattle and Coffee: Morning Webinar Series on Annual Forages

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 16:51
Monday, April 1, 2024

Are you seeking alternative solutions to perennial pasture in your area or do you need more stored forage? Join Nebraska Extension for an enlightening journey into the realm of annual forage systems through our upcoming webinar series.


Western Livestock Journal: The Viewpoint with Rick Funston

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 15:06
Monday, April 1, 2024 Dr. Rick Funston has been an integral figure over the years in the study and advancement of cattle reproductive physiology. Rick grew up on a farming and ranching operationin central North Dakota before obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from North Dakota State University and Montana State University, and a doctorate in reproductive biology from the University of Wyoming. Spanish: 

This Week on N Field: Optimize Variety Placement to Boost Soybean Yields

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 10:47
Nebraska Extension Specialist Dylan Mangel explains the importance of soybean variety placement to disease control and fungicide efficacy, which can reduce your bottomline.

Soil Health Gap Project Setting Up Baselines and Schools for Ag Producers

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 10:29
Bijesh Maharjan, (right), Nebraska Extension soil nutrient and management specialist, speaks to an attendee at the second Soil Health School at the West Central Research Extension and Education Center in North Platte. (Photo by Nicole Heldt) USDA NRCS is partnering with Nebraska Extension on research and grower outreach to encourage adoption of soil health strategies in Nebraska.

Nebraska Extension Hosts Yonts Water Conference in April

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 10:11
The Pathfinder Dam overflows in 2016. Reclamation will release water over the dam in years with abundant rainfall. (Photo by Gary Stone) This year's Yonts Water Conference will include insights on new irrigation technologies, 2024 weather and basin runoff outlooks, plus an update on the Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie canal tunnel replacements.