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Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions in February and March 2021 at Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2021, including those who need to renew their permits, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward, or else complete the online process.

The preferred option for both initial and recertifying chemigators is the online version. A link to the online program, with directions, is at https://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation

Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees March 16-17, 2021 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Registrations are due by Feb. 22, along with the registration fee. Space is limited, due to occupancy restrictions for the COVID pandemic. For more information or registration form, contact Nebraska Extension at 308-262-1022 or 308-632-1480, or Extension Educator Tammie Ostdiek at tostdiek5@unl.edu.

The 2021 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will be a virtual event this February, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, on the Zoom webinar platform. To receive the Zoom address, contact the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association at 308-633-1387 or email, nebeangrower@allophone.com.

The ProHort Lawn & Landscape Update will be held virtually in 2021.

Workshops for nursery & green industry professionals, public works employees, landscape managers, arborists, tree board volunteers and cemetery & grounds keepers will be held virtually in February. 

Join from your computer via Zoom Fridays from 8:00am - 11:30am. Registration at go.unl.edu/prohort, deadline is February 12, 2021. Cost is $20 for one day or $30 for both days. ISA and NAA CEU credits available only for registered participants.

February 19 topics:

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Interest in chickpea production in Nebraska has ebbed and flowed over the last 20 years. Beginning about 2000 chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, became a popular crop to rotate into production systems, particularly in Box Butte County.

In 2005-06 acreage of the new crop approached 10,000 acres planted. However, due almost exclusively to the appearance of a disease called Ascochyta blight, interest in the crop dropped drastically. This devastating disease, caused by a fungus, is considered to be the most important yield limiting factor worldwide, and is present everywhere chickpeas are grown.

Aaron Berger, Beef Educator Nebraska Extension

When beef producers look at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation. Other expenses, such as breeding expense and veterinary costs, tend to be significantly less than the “Big Three.”

To conduct an economic analysis of a ranch, first break the ranch into enterprises to understand where value is being created and costs are occurring. Land ownership, hay production, cow-calf and replacement heifer development are four of the major enterprises on many ranches.

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