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Enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H program year has opened for members, clover kids and volunteers beginning October 15, 2020. New and returning club members, as well as new and returning club leaders must enroll through 4HOnline. Use the new Pick-Your-Project resource guide to aid you in selecting your project areas for the 2021 year.
Private Pesticide Applicator Training dates are being set-up for 2021. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, meeting guidelines for attendance require pre-registration in order to attend as space is limited. Please pre-register at go.unl.edu/nepesticidetraining or call our office at 402-254-6821. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can participate in a Zoom, online or self-study training. Read more for all options for private pesticide certification/recertification trainings.

Anyone wishing to apply fertilizer or pesticides to land or crops in or with water through an on-farm irrigation system must obtain a chemigation applicator certificate.   Because of COVID-19 restrictions, meetings guidelines for attendance require pre-registration in order to attend an in-person training as space is limited.  Pre-register here.  Please bring a pencil and calculator with you.  Check here for more information and other options on the chemigation program.

While breeding season may be a ways off, making sure our bulls are cared for throughout the winter and ready to go when it is time to turn out is critical. A sound and fertile bull can mean the difference between success or failure of next year’s calf crop. Winter care for bulls can be broken down into two categories, body condition and fertility.
While this winter has been fairly open allowing us to utilize grazing opportunities, snow later on in the year is always a possibility. When the drifts get deep, hay is the feed of choice to get our animals through. One of the easiest ways to overspend feeding is by providing animals more than they need. On the flip side, underfeeding can lead to thin cows and down the road calving issues and low conception rates. So how do we make sure to get animals exactly what they need?
Grass tetany is an issue that we typically associate with spring. Extension Beef Educator Aaron Berger and Beef Systems Specialist Mary Drewnoski state that winter tetany is something we need to keep an eye on just as closely as we do grass tetany, especially for fall calving cows. During the winter months, a low magnesium diet can be just as big of an issue as in the spring. Properly testing hay and adjusting mineral and diets to balance out magnesium, calcium, and potassium can keep this nutritional problem at bay.


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Third annual Nebraska Regional Foods Systems Initiative Food Systems Summit to be virtual

January 14, 2021
The third annual Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit will take place via Zoom Feb. 8-11.

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2021 western lambing and kidding school Feb. 6 near Bayard

January 13, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The 2021 Western Lambing and Kidding School on Saturday, Feb. 6, near Bayard, will feature a farm tour, hands-on demonstrations, and presentations by expert speakers.

The school, sponsored by the Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers and Nebraska Extension, will run from 9:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Julie Kappen Farm, 10803 Rd 89, Bayard, and Bobby Jo’s Branding Iron, 533 Main, Bayard.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Annual cow costs – the big three

January 13, 2021
When beef producers look at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation.

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Extension Crop Production Clinics go virtual

January 6, 2021
Beginning Jan. 5, the 2021 Nebraska Crop Production Clinics will feature live presentations via Zoom and present research updates and information tailored to regional crop issues and grower interests

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