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Direct volunteers must be screened or rescreened through the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Central Registry Check. 

Cost of the screening is $5

Direct Volunteers:

Club Leaders 4H Council Member Horse Level Testers

For those who are Direct volunteers, the process will be initiated when you re-enroll through 4-H Online 2.0 at https://v2.4honline.com
(select Organizational Leader, Project Leader or Program Volunteer).

Rescreening is done every five years by district, regardless of when a volunteer’s original screening was completed.

Fall is an excellent time to soil sample fields for nutrients following harvest. If you have used cover crops for several years and a field is in cover crops now or you plan to drill cover crops this fall, it would be better to soil test in the spring and conduct a soil health test on that field. You may be able to save money on your fertilizer bill.

If you have the opportunity to soil sample crop fields, be sure to check your soil pH. If the soil recommendation indicates lime is suggested, it is something to consider before next year’s cropping season. Liming fields can be done anytime this winter or spring when soil conditions are favorable and sometimes can have a very positive impact on crop yields and nutrient availability of fertilizers to the subsequent crops.

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour visiting several different types of enterprises in southeast Nebraska in and near Lincoln, NE. I have had the opportunity to participate in these tours for over ten years. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to conduct any tours in 2020, but we were able to feature a few virtual on-farm tours of local food producers in the region.

With harvest in full swing here in southeast Nebraska, there is an opportunity to check your fields this fall and provide weed control in your fields if needed. By identifying the weed, extent of any infestations and locations of weed problems, you will have a better strategy for managing these weeds in the future, maybe even this fall.  Marestail or maybe more specifically, glyphosate resistant marestail has become a major problem in Nebraska.  Control has been challenging in recent years.

 In recent years there has been increased interest in the use of cover crops in conventional cropping systems. The USDA NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) has promoted cover crops and provided cost-share programs for farmers to encourage their use to help improve soil health and reduce erosion and degradation of soils. Nebraska Extension, with its On-Farm Research Network and NRCS have partnered together on several field scale on-farm research projects with cover crops across Nebraska.



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2022 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 8 at Gering Civic Center, with Zoom option

January 26, 2022
The 2022 Nebraska Dry Bean Edible Bean Day will feature the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association's annual meeting, as well as information on dry bean revenue insurance, irrigation water outlook, and discussion of on-farm research with University of Nebraska-Lincoln specialists.

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February programs to discuss supplementation strategies to mitigate nutrient challenging breeding seasons and grazing systems

January 25, 2022
Four face-to-face programs across the Panhandle on Feb. 16 and 17 hosted by Nebraska Extension will focus on management practices to improve pregnancy rates in late-spring-calving cows, and review the impacts of grazing systems on Nebraska’s plant communities and rangeland productivity.

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Chemigation certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance

January 24, 2022
Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions in February, March and April across the state, including Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

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Nebraska Extension offers Land Application Training Feb. 9 in Bridgeport, also other Nebraska sites

January 24, 2022
Applying manure management concepts on-farm will be the focus on eight Nebraska Extension Land Application Workshops across the state in February and March, including one in Bridgeport on Feb. 9.

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