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With warm weather scheduled to arrive soon and fields drying out, farmers will be getting full swing into spring field work; especially fertilizer and pesticide application and planting corn and soybeans. It is important for safety to be an important focus for farmers and others in our rural communities during this busy time of the year. With farmers working to complete field operations so crops can be planted in a timely manner, risk of farm accidents can increase.
Are you ready for a tornado? Do you know what to do if a tornado is headed your way? With severe weather beginning, it's time to be prepared for tornadoes. What are some things we should do to be prepared for a possible tornado?
With the weather warming up, you may want to consider getting your fields sampled for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) this spring if you have never sampled them or if it has been a while; especially if yields maybe lower than expected or if you have areas in fields that have spots that yielded poorly.
The winter of 2021 was much more challenging than 2020, with record snowfalls and cold temperatures, especially in February. Spring is officially here, temperatures are warming up and weeds are beginning to grow.
If you were not able to soil sample fields for nutrients last fall following harvest; it’s not too late to sample fields this spring, especially if you have some you are unsure of their nutrient status. It is important to know what your next crop needs and apply fertilizers accordingly.
I had the opportunity to participate in the On-farm Research Reporting sessions last month in Auburn and Nebraska City and which was also available virtually for particpants. There were a number of projects reported on at the meeting; in 2020 there were over 100 on-farm research projects conducted through the Nebraska Extension On-Farm Research Program.

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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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