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Pasture and Forage Minute: Reflecting on 2023, Improving Pastures in 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/11/2024 - 16:18
In some areas of Nebraska that struggled with drought in 2023, pasture and forage production could be challenging, especially in early 2024. One strategy for improving production is frost-seeding legumes like red clover in February to mid-March. Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist Daren Redfearn reflects on pasture and forage production throughout 2023, and what producers can do to improve plant growth in 2024.

Make Plans to Attend the 2024 Three-State Beef Conference

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 11:41
Friday, January 5, 2024

The annual Three-State Beef Conference gives beef producers and others a chance to spend an evening learning from top researchers and industry leaders. This year topics include corn residue grazing, heifer development and managing cows for longevity and profitability.

The conference features three presenters who travel to three states over three days, Jan. 16-18, discussing their research findings and practical ways to apply them.


This Week on N Field: Pesticide Licenses in Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 01/05/2024 - 11:36
Nebraska Extension Educator Amy Timmerman explores what type of pesticide licenses are required in Nebraska to apply restricted use pesticides.

Weekly Weather Outlook and Update: Jan. 4, 2024

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 22:46
Significant snowfall and extreme cold are headed for Nebraska beginning Monday, Jan. 8.

Farmers Can Now Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs for 2024 Crop Year

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 16:57
Extended for an additional year, the ARC and PLC programs will provide assistance to producers facing commodity market volatilities throughout the 2024 crop year

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Registration Now Open

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 16:28
Participants who register for the 2024 Nebraska Women in Ag Conference before Feb. 9 can take advantage of a discounted rate for attending the two-day event in Kearney. The 2024 conference highlights include keynote speakers Ashley Machado, Dr. David Kohl, John Noltner, and more than 20 workshops on risk management of production, marketing, finances, human and legal.

Registration is Open for the Annual Local Food and Healthy Farms Conference

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 16:10
Benson Bounty presents ‘Planting a Profitable Pollinator Habitat with Native Nebraska Plants,’ a SARE-funded project that explored the profitability of growing native perennial plants and marketing them through a variety of channels. (Photo by Sydney Seh) This year's conference features more than 30 sessions on agricultural and local food systems, including farm financial and transition planning, farm skills, field crops, livestock, farm and food policy, urban ag and local food access, and more.

Eastern Nebraska Corn and Soybean Expo Combines Two Events on Jan. 25

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 14:51
The Eastern Nebraska Corn and Soybean Expo on Jan. 25 combines two events at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead, Nebraska. Free to attend, the new corn and soybean expo combines two previous extension events — the Fremont Corn Expo and the Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo — into one full day of research, presentations, industry updates and more.

Free Farm Succession Workshops Set for Jan. 24-25

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 13:55
The upcoming farm succession workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Beginning Farm Tax Credit and Negotiations programs, the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska, and the Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation. Hosted in Stuart and Greeley, the workshops will cover basic estate and succession planning to assist farm and ranch families in creating or reviewing their plans.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Tips for Cornstalk Grazing, Using Bad Hay and Silage

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 13:07
While fall and winter weathering can reduce its nutritional quality, cornstalks are still a great and economical winter feed source if supplementation is managed appropriately. Considerations for grazing cornstalks with snow cover and utilizing low-quality hay and silage during periods of low supply and high feed costs.

Crop Progress: Winter Wheat at 48% Good-Excellent Condition

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 01/04/2024 - 11:31
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA. While winter wheat condition has remained unchanged since the last NASS report in November, soil moisture supplies experienced a decline during the mild weather in December.

UNL Soil Health Team Celebrates Year of Success in Advancing Sustainable Agriculture

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 01/03/2024 - 15:59
Image by Carolina Córdova Following eight successful events that stand to impact nearly 13 million acres of U.S. farmland, preparations are underway by the UNL Soil Health Team to deliver another year of sustainable ag research and innovation insights.

Registration is open for the annual Local Food & Healthy Farms conference

Registration is open for the 2024 Local Food and Healthy Farms Conference, which takes place Jan. 25-27 at the River’s Edge Conference Center in Columbus, Neb.

For over 40 years, the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society’s (NSAS) annual conference has been a mainstay event for farmers to connect and share knowledge. For the third year, the conference is a collaborative partnership with University of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Specialty Crop Growers to provide the most dynamic and comprehensive farming and local food systems conference in the state.

Winter cattle yard preparation checklist

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 01/02/2024 - 14:48
Tuesday, January 2, 2024

This checklist is not comprehensive, but is a place to start for preparing for winter weather in a cattle yard. 

Click here for a printable .pdf checklist. 



Beef news and upcoming webinars from the Nebraska Center for Ag Profitability

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 12/21/2023 - 17:07
Thursday, December 21, 2023 The interdisciplinary Center for Agricultural Profitability is based in the Department of Agricultural Economics. It facilitates faculty research, conducts extension outreach related to agricultural profitability and farm and ranch management and trains undergraduate and graduate students — all to support informed decision-making in agriculture. Spanish: 

On RFD-TV: Greg Ibach discusses beef efficiency and environmental impact

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 12/21/2023 - 16:59
Thursday, December 21, 2023

Livestock production has long been a cornerstone of American agriculture. That is certainly true in Nebraska, which is known as the beef state. During the Global Climate Summit earlier this month, world leaders recommended reducing worldwide meat consumption in order to help mitigate agriculture’s environmental impacts. But the research paints a more complicated story. Greg Ibach, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, joins RFD-TV to discuss. 


Husker team receives $5M grant to reduce methane emissions from cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Thu, 12/21/2023 - 16:43
Thursday, December 21, 2023

A Husker research team has received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research more sustainable dairy and beef production.


Hands-on calving workshops scheduled in Sidney, Curtis

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:26
Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Nebraska Extension is hosting hands-on Calving Workshops at Sidney and Curtis, Nebraska in January featuring Becky Funk, DVM and Extension Specialist, and Lindsay Waechter-Mead, DVM and Extension Educator. Topics will include calving equipment and proper use, techniques for managing dystocia, when to call for help, and hands-on demonstration and training using a life-size model cow and calf.


UNL range management specialist in the Panhandle receives Nebraska Cattlemen endowment

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 12/20/2023 - 14:06
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Dr. Mitch Stephenson, associate professor and range management specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln stationed at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff received the 2023 Nebraska Range & Conservation Endowment from the Nebraska Cattlemen. The endowment honors professors or instructors who are providing cutting-edge research and/or student instruction in a range management and conservation-related areas.