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By becoming or staying Beef Quality Assurance certified you are an integral part of Beef's positive story to consumers. A story that can increase their understanding - and confidence - in how you're raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. Make your way to Table Rock, NE on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Roundup Bar & Grill for BQA Training. RSVP is required. Do so by contacting Connor Biehler at 402-624-8007 or cbiehler2@unl.edu.

While we have had an ongoing battle with bagworms for several years and have reduced their numbers significantly in southeast Nebraska, there are still bagworm infestations in some areas. In 2019, we had one of the worse years for bagworm infestations in southeast Nebraska in recent years. In southeast Nebraska, the larvae emerged over several weeks during the summer, but usually beginning around Memorial Day.

In previous articles I have mentioned the importance of weed control for several different species here in southeast Nebraska. One weed I didn’t mention was a noxious weed in Nebraska, “ Leafy Spurge”. This has been a longtime noxious weed in Nebraska, but we generally have a problem with it in more of the range or pasture land areas of Nebraska. It isn’t an issue in cropland here in southeast Nebraska. Unfortunately somehow it seems to show up here in pastures or along roadsides.
If you are using cover crops as part of your cropping system and/or a crop/livestock system, it is important to know the effect of herbicides on different cover crops for termination and for seeding at a future date. In the 2021 Nebraska Extension “Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska”, (EC130) there is an all-new section on cover crops (pp. 16-23).
With the high cost of soybean seed, the cost of seed is a significant input for soybean farmers. While seeding rates for corn have been increasing, what about soybeans? In previous articles, we have reported local observations on area farms in southeast Nebraska and on-farm research in Nebraska have indicated lower soybean planting populations may be comparable in yield to higher planting populations that have been used for several years.
This year Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County will be in its sixth year in southeast Nebraska with a pheromone trapping network to monitor black cutworm, variegated cutworm and true armyworm moths in southeast Nebraska. This is a local network of traps in southeast Nebraska during the 2021 planting season.

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Partnership creates biodefense lab focused on food security

May 14, 2021
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska will begin a five-year partnership to help safeguard the U.S. food supply.

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Applying manure management concepts on-farm

May 12, 2021
Nebraska Extension’s Land Application Recertification sessions, called Applying Manure Management Concepts On-Farm, are scheduled to be in-person at many locations across the state in June, with the first taking place in May in Lexington.

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Rural Prosperity Nebraska receives boost from CARES Act

May 12, 2021
—The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Rural Prosperity Nebraska initiative, along with six Nebraska economic development and Chamber of Commerce organizations, has received more than $400,000 in funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help businesses and communities respond to coronavirus.

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Tailgate Talks celebrates its first anniversary during Beef Month

May 12, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —May is National Beef Month, and Nebraska Extension is celebrating the first anniversary of Tailgate Talks, a YouTube channel aimed at beef producers.  

 As part of the celebration, there will be a featured video message on the Tailgate Talks channel and a giveaway to its subscribers to commemorate the channel’s success and emphasize the importance of the beef industry in Nebraska, home to the top three beef cow counties in the U.S. — Cherry, Custer and Holt Counties. 

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