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Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam Prep Course Offered at Nebraska Extension Continues Throughout the Summer

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 06/19/2024 - 15:39
The Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam Prep course provides straightforward lessons on regulations, airspace, radio communication, weather, aircraft performance, and other basic aviation concepts necessary to pass the Part 107 knowledge exam. There are four remaining sessions for Nebraska Extension's summer drone pilot test prep course, which prepares producers to pass the FAA exam and earn a remote pilot certification for commercial use of drones on ag operations.

Excessive Heat Can Affect Plant’s Crop Water Use

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 06/18/2024 - 18:10
Sugarbeet plants wilt in a field. Nebraska Extension Educator Gary Stone discusses crop water use and wilting as temperatures rise with the arrival of summer.

Staying Current on Forage Prices

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 06/18/2024 - 17:39
Nebraska hay stocks are substantially higher than last year, and coupled with low demand, there's currently downward pressure on forage prices. (Photo by Chabella Guzman) There are several resources that Nebraska producers can use to stay up to date on current hay prices. Use these sites to stay informed throughout the forage production season.

Crop Progress: Dry Bean Planting on Track to End Early

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 17:16
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. With just 6% left to go, dry edible bean planting is significantly ahead of last year's pace. Sorghum planting was at 8% remaining, as of June 16.

UNL Feedlot Innovation Center nears completion thanks to industry support

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 12:55
Monday, June 17, 2024 The chute slides shut with a thud, not a clang, safely catching the steer so it can be vaccinated. The steer behind him waits quietly, looking ahead at the alleyway that will take him back to his pen. The only sounds are cattle shifting against the alleyway and the quiet voices of the workers vaccinating the cattle. Spanish: 

Latest BeefWatch Podcast Topics

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 09:55
Monday, June 17, 2024 Check out the latest episodes of the BeefWatch podcast, hosted by Nebraska Extension educator Aaron Berger. Spanish: 

Barta Brothers Ranch starting to see results of prescribed burns

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 08:33
Monday, June 17, 2024

Lincoln, Neb. —With a third successful prescribed burn completed at Barta Brothers Ranch on April 21, researchers are seeing what fire can and cannot do about invasive redcedars.

“Burning isn’t a panacea for tree invasion, but it kills younger cedars,” Craig Allen, director of the project, said. “Older trees can escape fires, and have to be removed by other means, and after fire, young cedars can germinate in large numbers, so it usually takes follow-up fires to kill new young trees, until the seed source in the soil is depleted.”

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Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: June 13, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 11:18
Next week will bring more severe weather to Nebraska, with chances of up to six inches of rain for the central and northeastern regions. Precipitation may also lead to flooding across the eastern half of the state.

Wheat Disease Update for June 14, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 10:42
Figure 1. A wheat field day at the High Plains Ag Lab in Cheyenne County on June 13. As of this week, stripe rust has been observed in all wheat-growing regions of Nebraska. Leaf rust has expanded range as well but is not expected to significantly impact yield.

Annual Summer Stocker/Yearling Tour focuses on marketing yearling cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 10:36
Friday, June 14, 2024

The stocker/yearling sector of the cattle industry offers flexibility and an opportunity for new producers to get started in the business. 

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MarketReady webinars help farmers expand market reach

Rural Prosperity Nebraska and the Heartland Regional Food Business Center, a multi-state organization focused on strengthening farm and food enterprises, are kicking off a summer-long series of market-ready webinars, beginning June 20. The MarketReady Advanced Topic Webinar Series will explore a range of topics, from insurance to packaging, aimed at aiding producers interested in expanding their businesses into retail, wholesale and restaurant markets.

This Week on N Field: Precision Sprayer Part 2

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 21:58
Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala goes into depth on the advantages of the new John Deere precision sprayer's dual tank system.

Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 10-14)

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 19:30
Extension educators share their observations in Nebraska fields this week.

Start monitoring grasshopper numbers now for most effective control

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 18:35
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Weather conditions in several areas of Nebraska in the past few years been favorable to create grasshopper outbreaks. The fall grasshopper survey is a good indicator or possible grasshopper issues the following summer. The 2023 fall survey identified 15 counties (Fig. 1)  in Nebraska with adult grasshopper numbers averaging over 15 per yard, which suggests grasshoppers may be a problem this summer.

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2023 Nebraska Farm Business Financial Averages

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 16:57
Center for Agricultural Profitability webinars are free to attend and recorded for viewing at any time. For a list of upcoming webinars, visit the CAP website. This webinar provides benchmarking data for producers regarding Nebraska farm and ranch incomes, ratios and family living data.

Heuermann Lecture Panel Touts Nebraska’s Ag Tech Strength

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 16:56
Jordyn Bader discusses her work with the ag-tech startup Marble Technologies during the Heuermann Lecture on May 29. She was part of a panel of ag-tech entrepreneurs that also included (from left) Shane Forney of Sentinel Fertigation; Chad Johnson of Grain Weevil; Jacob Hansen of ALA Engineering; and Jessica Korinek of Nave Analytics. (Photo by Cara Pesek, IANR Media) The lecture highlighted Nebraska’s strengths in ag tech, including diverse startups, increased venture capital, and large-scale strategic investments enabling research innovations.

Parsons Selected as New Center for Agricultural Profitability Director

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 16:54
Jay Parsons was selected in April as the new director of the Center for Agricultural Profitability at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, following the retirement of Larry Van Tassell, who served as the center’s director since its inception in July 2021. Parsons has been with the Center for Agricultural Profitability since 2014, serving as an associate professor and extension program area leader.

Barta Brothers Ranch Starting to See Results of Prescribed Burns

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 16:50
With a third successful prescribed burn completed at Barta Brothers Ranch on April 21, researchers are seeing what fire can and cannot do about invasive redcedars. Throughout the project, researchers have observed increased vigor in the grasses, increased gains in cattle, differences in grassland bird communities and minimal changes in wind erosion across burned areas.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Hosts Mastering Effective Communication Webinar

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 16:49
This new webinar features insights on building effective communication skills from Lisa Kaslon, professional development coordinator with Nebraska Extension. Learn how to express yourself clearly, listen actively, and navigate diverse communication styles to find more personal and professional success.