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With Transition to Panhandle, UNL Variety Testing Program Moves Beyond Winter Wheat

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 15:58
Cody Creech, UNL Dryland Cropping Systems specialist, and Amanda Easterly, assistant professor for Research based at High Plains Ag Lab, view some of the winter wheat variety plots at HPAL.

Controlling Summer Annual Grasses in Forages

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:53
Control of summer annual grasses in pasture or hay fields can be difficult, but with the right planning, it shouldn’t be impossible.

Steps to Become a Welcoming Community

Declining rural populations have been making the news for decades. There is little doubt that the trend line of the most rural counties across the country has been down (2020, Cromartie).  Nearly 35 percent of the rural counties within the United States have experienced prolonged and significant population loss (Johnson & Lichter, 2019). 

Cover Crop Termination Tradeoffs

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:56
Corn (left) and soybean (right) planted green into no-till fields of cereal rye in 2020. The grower who planted corn felt the rye better held residue in place from blowing back over the planted rows, giving him more even emergence. The grower who planted beans was very pleased with the overall weed suppression in this field. (Photos by Jenny Rees)

Final Results from a Multi-state Study on Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:58
Figure 1. A fall seeded cover crop such as cereal rye can be a great tool for preventing the emergence of horseweed and other winter annual weed species, as well as suppressing early-season waterhemp emergence.

Evaluation of Nitrification Inhibitors through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:59
Nebraska farmers working with the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network evaluated ability of nitrification inhibitors to protect N fertilizer, increase yield and profit.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Preventing Grass Tetany, Flash Grazing for Early Weed Control

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:51
To prevent tetany problems this spring, wait until grass in pastures has grown to at least 6 inches high before grazing, and provide legumes to balance mineral intake.

Avoiding Injury from Seed Corn Maggot

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:34
Figure 1. Seed corn maggots. (Photo by Jim Kalisch)

Factors to Consider When Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Soybean Traits Coexist

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:47
These LibertyLink® soybeans show signs of damage after dicamba (XtendiMax®) was applied to a research field during a 2018 project.

Orange and Sweet Potato Pork Chops

Latest Updates from food.unl.edu - Fri, 04/02/2021 - 13:00

This recipe is a great source of protein and the sweet potatoes add important vitamin A. Thanks to the orange and cinnamon flavoring, you may be able to skip the salt entirely.


Adapted from Simply Seniors Cookbook, Utah Family Nutrition Program/ Utah State University Extension.


  • 2 pork loin chops
  • 1 sweet potato, scrubbed with a clean vegetable brush under cold running water, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 orange, scrubbed with a clean vegetable brush under cold running water, sliced
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash (optional)
  • 1 dash black pepper (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place meat and sweet potato slices in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with orange slices and sprinkle with seasonings.
  4. Cover and bake for 1 hour until meat is tender. Pork is safely cooked when it has been heated to 145 degrees F.
Category:  Main Dishes Yield: 2 servings Calories: 270Total Fat: 11Saturated Fat: 4Total Sugars: 6Protein: 25Fiber: 3Total Carbohydrates: 17Sodium: 85Cholesterol: 65Photo provided by Alice Henneman

2021 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference Presentations Available Online

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 21:51
Jerry Hatfield, former director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, presented information about the importance of cover crops to soil health during the annual Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference. This year's conference featured seminars on soiling sensing, using aerial imagery to analyze cover crop impacts, optimizing cover crop investments and more.

Week of the Volunteer Lunch & Learn registration now open

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 14:44

To celebrate the Week of the Volunteer, Nebraska 4-H is hosting daily 4-H Volunteer Lunch & Learn sessions, including:

  • Monday, April 19 @ Noon CT - Incorporating Positive Youth Development into Your Work
  • Tuesday, April 20 @ Noon CT - How to Keep the 4-H Experiences Fresh
  • Wednesday, April 21 @ Noon CT - Leading a Club that Works
  • Thursday, April 22 @ Noon CT - Confidence in Conflict Resolution

Each session will include 30 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of discussion and networking time. These are great for new and experienced volunteers as well as individuals interested in getting started. Registration is free and open now! Sign up for one, two, three, or all four sessions at go.unl.edu/lunch-learn. 

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Manure Phosphorus and Water Quality

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 14:36
Figure 1. Animal Feeding Operation near Lubbock, Texas.

FarmBits Podcast: Multi-Dimensional Management for Planting

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:46
Hosted by Samantha Teten and Jackson Stansell — graduate students in UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Nebraska Extension Digital Agriculture team members — FarmBits Podcast is a weekly series highlighting new innovations and trends in digital agriculture through interviews with academic experts, farmers and industry specialists.