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Handy Bt Trait Table Updated for 2024 Corn

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 03/26/2024 - 13:51
The Handy Bt Trait Table has been updated for 2024. This reference guide alphabetically lists all trade names for hybrids with Bt traits, and includes Bt protein(s) expressed, targeted insects, refuge requirements and herbicide traits. Updated for 2024, the Handy Bt Trait Table can help producers avoid the development of resistance from using the same traits repeatedly and in troubleshooting insect injury or preparing to apply herbicides.

USDA Authorizes Conservation Reserve Program Graze and Hay Donations to Wildfire-Impacted Livestock Producers in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 03/25/2024 - 16:31
Monday, March 25, 2024 Program Participants in Nebraska Eligible to Donate Grazing and Haying Rights LINCOLN, Nebraska, March 25, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizes the release of emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres nationwide, including CRP acres in Nebraska, to livestock producers affected by the recent wildfires in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Spanish: 

New guide helps beef producers maximize the value of cull cows

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 03/25/2024 - 16:24
Monday, March 25, 2024 A new resource developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and CattleFax helps cattle producers maximize profitability from their culling decisions. “Right Way. Right Time. – A Guide to Cull Cattle Management” is now available at www.ncba.org. Spanish: 

Grain Safety Takes Center Stage: Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board Promote Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 03/25/2024 - 16:16
The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board encourage those who work in and around grain bins to have a plan in place for safety and to properly learn safety steps. With proper safety procedures, grain bin accidents are preventable. The Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week initiative strives to raise awareness among farmers and agricultural workers about the importance of safety when working in and around grain bins, and overall safety practices on the farm.

Can Cover Crops Help with Weed Control?

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 03/20/2024 - 14:45
Figure 1. Photo of Palmer amaranth abundance in the dry bean only (left) and cover crop (right) plot. Research insights from UNL's Weed Science Program trials investigating the benefits of using winter and spring seeded cover crops to control weeds in dry beans.

Register now for the 2024 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 03/19/2024 - 13:46
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ranchers and cattle producers interested in learning about the latest research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are encouraged to register for the 2024 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.


New Initiative to Help Farmers Reduce Costs with Underutilized Renewable Technologies

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/15/2024 - 10:55
To learn more about USDA programs geared toward helping farmers add renewable energy to their operations, view this webinar series. The new initiative will provide funds for hundreds of farmers to deploy smaller-scale wind projects, small-scale hydropower, geothermal, biomass-based and other clean energy.

Zuppa Selected to Receive Sustainable Agriculture Grant from NCR-SARE

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/15/2024 - 10:22
The award is for Zuppa's research project on wheat stem sawfly — how it affects winter wheat residue, soil-water storage, soil health, and crop yield in dryland cropping systems.

Land and Leasing Webinars to Cover Cash Rents, Landlord-tenant Issues for 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/15/2024 - 09:57
Two upcoming land management webinars will include information tailored to different regions of the state — March 27 will be more relevant to western and central Nebraska residents, and March 28 will be for eastern Nebraska residents. (CAP photo) Two upcoming workshops will review a wide variety of land management concerns for Nebraska producers, from land value trends and cash rents to creating estate plans.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: March 14, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 03/15/2024 - 09:37
It wouldn't be the Midwest without balmy weather on the first day of spring and then lots of snow. Check out next week's storm predictions in this latest update from the Nebraska State Climate Office.

Three-State Beef Conference Registration & Recap

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 03/14/2024 - 15:08
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Two live, online sessions remain of the annual Three-State Beef Conference.  

The Three-State Beef Conference provides essential updates on cow-calf and stocker topics to beef cattle producers and industry stakeholders. With specialists from leading beef cattle land grant universities—University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Iowa State University—alongside insights from industry experts, the conference serves as a vital platform for knowledge exchange.


TAPS: A Year of Surprising Results

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 03/14/2024 - 12:07
TAPS leaders discuss the effect of the many different strategies and decisions made in the 2023 contest in the wake of hail damage and a declining corn market.

2024 Crop Insurance Prices and Decision Making

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 03/14/2024 - 11:40
This Center for Agricultural Profitability webinar features discussion by Ken Harrison, a crop insurance expert with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. Agricultural economics experts discuss projected prices for the upcoming crop year, the importance of projected prices in managing risk exposure, and different insurance contract options for managing 2024 risk.

Nebraska Extension Hosting First Nebraska Sprayer Drone Conference on March 28

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 03/14/2024 - 10:19
The Nebraska Sprayer Drone Conference will feature presentations by several industry experts, who will discuss how to get started using sprayer drones, legal requirements for using drones with ag chemicals, and how to operate drones in manned aircraft airspace. This one-day event will provide participants an opportunity to interact with fellow sprayer drone enthusiasts and learn the necessary steps to enter the sprayer drone arena.

Summer 2024 Weather Outlook

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 03/13/2024 - 16:27
Temperatures this summer are expected to be seasonally warm and total precipitation is expected to be average to below average statewide, according to the CPC.

Vitamin A levels at calving can have a big impact on calf health

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 03/13/2024 - 15:37
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Vitamin A is one of the most important keys to a healthy immune system in newborn calves. Colostrum is the only way calves can get the vitamin A they need to fight off bacteria that will make them sick, said Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska—Lincoln beef systems specialist and associate professor. But not all colostrum contains enough vitamin A, and recent research suggests that “enough” is more than previously thought.  


Technology on the Ranch Roundtable planned in Kimball

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 03/13/2024 - 15:23
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Technology is being incorporated into the tradition of ranching more and more often. But producers need to consider the cost and whether it adds value.

Nebraska Extension in Kimball-Banner Counties is presenting a roundtable discussion with area producers and researchers to discuss the technology available and how it can be effectively applied to ranching.


Nebraska Ag Land Values Up 5%, According to 2024 Farm Real Estate Survey

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 03/13/2024 - 14:52
The 2024 Farm Real Estate Survey reports market values on the seven types of land by region across Nebraska, as well all-land average values for the entire state. (CAP image) The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska increased by 5% over the prior year — the third consecutive year of ag land value increases for the state.

Thompson Discusses New Nitrogen Management Tool on RFD-TV

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 03/12/2024 - 16:42
Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson share insights on how UNL's new nitrogen tool will help farmers determine fertilizer needs for their operation and find more success in their overall farm management goals.