Nebraska Extension in Custer County

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Custer County 4-H members (4-H age 8-18) are invited to enter the 2019 Custer County Premium Book Cover Photo Contest. The 2019 Custer County Fair Premium Book will be in a magazine format with a full color, gloss cover. The winning photo will be selected by the Custer County 4-H Council and placed on the cover of the 2019 Custer County Fair Premium Book.
Contest Guidelines:

Every two years Nebraska custom operators are surveyed to determine the current rates charged for machine custom applications in the state.   It is divided into two parts, Part I is spring and summer applications.  Part II is made up of the fall applications  and miscellaneous categories.   

The Nebraska Farm Custom Rate Survey report is one of Nebraska Extension’s most-requested publications.  Many Nebraska farmers and ranchers inquire about prevailing rates paid for certain kinds of custom farm machine operations.  The 2018 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates and the survey for Custom Farm Operators can be found at: http:/  

Custer County private pesticide application training have been completed.  If you are still in need of the training you can utilitze the home study test.  Please stop by the office and pick up the home study testing materials.  The cost for the home study test is $60.00.  The online study is also available to those in need of the training.  You will purchase a cd, register the code online then complete the modules online.  The modules will take approximately 6 hours to complete.  The online order information .

Land Rental Rates

The rental rates for crop and pasture ground are compiled in January of each year.  In February the rates are shared with land owners and producers.  If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive this information as soon as it is available, please contact the Nebraska Extension in Custer County office at  308-872-6831.  For your convenience the current and previous years rates can be viewed anytime.

The 2018 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights Report has been completed.  After record high land values in 2014, this marks the fourth year of consecutive decline in real estate values in Nebraska.    This report will show the values for regions in the state as well as discussion from panels on the trends we can expect in those regions.   A special feature of this report is the section covering emerging issues related to agricultural land in Nebraska.  Crop share leasing is the focus of this year's special feature.   This valuable information can be useful for landlords, tenants, and stakeholders alike. 

With the release of dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2017, the need for training on the RUP dicamba products was born.  If you are unable to attend an in person training the online training program is available to you.  It is designed to fulfill the label requirements for three new RUP dicamba products: Xtendimax, Engenia, and Fexapan. It is illegal to apply these products without first having taken state-authorized training. There is no cost for this training.  Information about the online training can be found at


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Jhala honored with outstanding associate editor award
Jul 10 – Amit Jhala, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and extension weed management specialist, was awarded an Outstanding Associate Editor Award by the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. Read more
Survey results indicate rising cost of custom machinery operations
Jul 3 – Results from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 2018 Custom Rates Survey indicate rising costs for machine hire operations and related services since the survey was last conducted two years ago. Read more