Cropping & Water Systems

 

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Cropping & Water Systems

Private Pesticide Applicator Training dates are set for 2024. Cedar County training date will be February 20 in Hartington in the Auditorium Basement at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If you have your Nebraska Department of Agriculture letter please bring it with you to the training along with a photo identification, and $60 training fee. This letter will have a barcode that is needed for recertification. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can participate in an online via Zoom. Read more for more information and options for private pesticide certification/recertification trainings.
The use of technology is transforming the agriculture industry through the use of high-resolution imagery and various types of sensors. Drones are playing a major role in advancing this technological transformation of the agriculture industry especially in monitoring their crops and livestock. Unless you are flying drones for fun or as hobby, you are required to be licensed under the Part 107 regulations. For anyone interested in learning how to operate a drone for purposes other than recreation, Nebraska Extension is organizing a one-day, 8-hour drone piloting training. The training will be held on February 8, 2024, at the Haskell Ag Lab near Concord Nebraska.
The Nebraska Extension will be hosting seven land application (manure) training workshops throughout February and March at several locations across the state. The sessions will be in Columbus on February 12, Geneva on February 13, Scottsbluff on February 19, Lexington on February 20, Norfolk on February 29, West Point on March 5, and Ord on March 6. The workshops will meet the educational requirements for permitted livestock operations laid out by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s title 130.
Have you heard of the FarmBits Podcast? The FarmBits Podcast will explore topics in digital agriculture in a well-rounded and accessible way, taking the shine off of new technologies through interviews with academic experts, farmers, and industry specialists. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, YouTube and iHeart Radio.
It seems like every year there is a new or emerging insect pest in northeast Nebraska. This year that insect is the soybean stem borer, sometimes called the Dectes stem borer. Its main hosts are cultivated sunflower, soybean, giant ragweed, and cocklebur. The soybean stem borer is still at low levels in most of northeast Nebraska, but bears watching. Additional information on scouting and management for soybean stem borer can be found in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension CropWatch Newsletter at https://cropwatch.unl.edu/.
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. Cedar County will host a face-to-face Chemigation Training on Tuesday, March 7, at 9:00 am at the Hartington City Auditorium Basement.