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Continued Good News for Grasshopper Risk on Rangeland

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 14:43
Based on fall adult surveys conducted by USDA-APHIS, the risk of grasshopper infestation in Nebraska rangelands will be low in 2022, with slightly higher risk in southwestern Nebraska.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Cutting Alfalfa Fertilizer Costs with Manure

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 14:26
When done correctly, applying manure ahead of seeding alfalfa fields can result in big cost savings on fertilizer. Save money by getting a jumpstart on your summer annual forage plan. Plus, Nebraska Extension Educator Ben Beckman explains how to prepare alfalfa seed beds with manure to save on fertilizer costs this growing season.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Inventorying Forage Supply

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 13:28
With increasingly dry conditions in Nebraska, now is a good time to take stock of remaining hay and forages to make timely adjustments on your winter feed strategy.

2021 Pea Variety Trial Results Available Online

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 13:11
Pea variety trials were conducted at three dryland sites in the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska — Box Butte County (19 varieties), Cheyenne County (19 varieties) and Perkins County (25 varieties) — plus two irrigated trials in Scottsbluff and Cheyenne County.

Profitability vs. Feasibility and the Paradox of Purchasing Farmland

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 11:13
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Nebraska Extension to Host Virtual Financial Record-keeping Course

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 10:48
Course participants will work through the financial statements of a case study farm, watching pre-recorded videos, completing assignments and participating in video chats to learn more about how big changes to their operation will affect their bottom line.

Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Contest 2021 Results

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 10:43
Find out which team won this year's Innovative Youth Corn Challenge and learn more about the research competitors conducted in their projects — plus, registration now open for the 2022 competition.

Nebraska Research Studying Benefits of Grass Restoration Amid Cropland

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 17:10
A new study led by Daren Redfearn, professor of agronomy and horticulture and forage systems specialist, is exploring whether a targeted restoration of perennial grasses amid cropland could bring about a variety of benefits. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication) The project will focus how a targeted restoration of perennial grasses amid cropland could bring about a variety of benefits, ranging from reduction in water and fertilizer use to expansion of wildlife habitat to encouragement of new bioenergy industry.

Fertilizer Costs: What is Driving the Increase and How Can Growers Manage It?

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:20
USDA/Flickr (Public Domain) An in-depth analysis of the factors driving fertilizer prices in 2022, as well as recommendations for managing input costs.

Family Goals and Difficult Times

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 16:09
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Developing Your Business Plan With AgPlan Webinar

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 10:43
Curtis Mahnken, extension economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota, was the featured speaker during the recent "Developing Your Business Plan with AgPlan" webinar.

Ag Estate Planning Workshop Set for Wayne, Seward

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 10:29
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From Data to Decisions: The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Helps Farmers Find Answers

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 11:03
In 2021, over 100 Nebraska On-Farm Research Network projects were conducted on cover crops, row spacing, planting population, starter fertilizer, drones, sensors and models for nitrogen management, and variable-rate seeding technology.

Digging into Extension: John Thomas, the Hat Guy

Thu, 02/03/2022 - 16:20
Figure 1. John Thomas rides a horse at 4-H Horse Camp several years ago in Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Like many of his extension colleagues, Thomas is heavily involved in 4-H, helping other educators and leaders with presentations and projects for 4-H members. There can be no doubt — John Thomas is a multi-talented multi-tasker. Learn more about his winding road to extension in this installment of Digging into Extension.

2022 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference: Focus on Small Grain Silage

Thu, 02/03/2022 - 11:18
The fourth annual Silage for Beef Cattle Conference is free for producers to attend in-person at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca, Nebraska, or virtually. The fourth annual Silage for Beef Cattle Conference will highlight small grain production concerns such as agronomic management for silage, harvest timing, fermentation analysis, inoculants, ROI and more.

Annual High Plains Ag Lab Research Update is Feb. 9 at Sidney

Wed, 02/02/2022 - 16:09
Cody Creech, dryland cropping systems specialist and research supervisor at HPAL, discusses a research project during the 2020 HPAL update. This year, Creech's presentation will focus on wheat production and management. (CropWatch file photo)

Growers Invited to Prairie STRIPS Virtual Learning Circle

Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:20
Participants will learn more about native prairie and the potential ways it can benefit a farm's viability while restoring landscapes while connecting with other growers and resource providers.

Pasture and Forage Minute: Planning Spring Annual Forages, Cereal Silage

Mon, 01/31/2022 - 17:01
A spring pasture mix of oats and ryegrass. (Photo by Jerry Volesky) Extension educators discuss considerations for spring annual forages in Nebraska, and optimum timing for cereal grain crop harvest for silage.