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Baling of soybean residue after harvest has gained popularity again this fall due to higher hay prices and forage shortages following drought. Further, delayed corn harvests are also slowing stalks residue baling and stalks grazing. According to the USDA AMS Nebraska Direct Hay sales report, large round cornstalks bale values are $110 per ton versus $80 per ton for large round soybean residue bales. So, the question arises, do soybean residue bale values justify raking and baling costs, reduced soil protection and nutrient removal?

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Make Time for Family Games

Family memories are made around the table. Sometimes it is a shared meal, other times it is the excitement of playing a board game. Video games continue to reign supreme. Recently family game nights increased in popularity. The US total revenue in the Board Games segment is projected to reach 1.69 billion dollars in 2022. Board games and card games provide more opportunities for family memory-making and the development of social skills and math skills than video games, reports Nebraska Extension Assistant Lori Swanson.


A steaming hot bowl of oatmeal provides a delicious - and healthy - start to a day. Eating oats may help protect against high blood cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Surprisingly, there are several types of oatmeal: rolled oats, quick cooking oats, instant oats, oat flour, oat bran, and steel-cut oats are some of the known varieties.

Here are three ideas to boost the nutrition further:

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The Center for Great Plains Studies has welcomed 15 new Great Plains Fellows into their ranks.

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Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 9 at Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center

January 23, 2023
Registration is open for the 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference (formerly Nebraska Cover Crop Conference). The conference will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead.

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2023 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 7, Gering Civic Center

January 22, 2023
The 2023 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will be an in-person event this February, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska.

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AMPLIFY Engagement Conference registration open to UNL faculty, staff and students

January 20, 2023
Registration is now open for Nebraska Extension’s second annual AMPLIFY Engagement Conference.

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