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The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on August 19, 2021 to host the annual field tour, Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT).

The 2021 event will highlight up-to-date research on dry beans, corn, sugarbeets, and alternative crops. Entry is free. PARTT will include tours of crop research plots; lunch; afternoon presentations on timely topics; and a chance to see new ag technology.

This year’s PARTT will return to a true field day format, with trailers carrying visitors on a tour of the research plots. In accordance with UNL guidelines, attendees are asked to wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After postponement in 2020, the Nebraska Water Center’s annual conference will return August 2021 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

Entitled “The Shape of Water in Western Nebraska,” the conference will be held Monday, August 16th at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. An all-star lineup of Nebraska water professionals will discuss water infrastructure in the panhandle, western Nebraska’s unique hydrogeology, and innovation in water and agricultural management.

Learn more and register for the conference at https://watercenter.unl.edu/.

Irrigation is in full swing for the North Platte Valley in the Panhandle of Nebraska.

Water deliveries by the four major irrigation districts (Pathfinder, Gering-Fort Laramie, Goshen and Farmers) are expected to be near normal. The districts hope to deliver water to growers through the first week in September.

Read the rest of the information on IANR News at https://ianrnews.unl.edu/update-2019-tunnel-collapse-and-canal-washout-and-irrigation-water-outlook-2021.

Nebraska Extension will host land management workshops in Sidney and Bridgeport in July. The meetings are free to attend, but registration is required.

The workshop in Bridgeport will be July 22, 2021 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  at the Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St. To register call Nebraska Extension in Morrill County at 308-262-1022.

The workshop in Sidney will be July 23, 2021 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Western Nebraska Community College (Room 115), 428 N. Main St. To register call Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne County at 308-254-4455.

Nebraska Extension will host a farm and ranch transition workshop in Scottsbluff, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 22, 2021 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I.  

The meeting will offer information on planning and communication strategies, as well as financial and legal considerations for agricultural landowners, ranchers and farmers who are thinking about how to proceed with plans to retire, exit or transfer the farm or ranch business.  

 Presenters will include Allan Vyhnalek, a Nebraska Extension educator for farm and ranch succession and transition, and Pamela Olson, an attorney based in Scottsbluff. 

A pair of former faculty members at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center will present a seminar June 14, 2021 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

Drew Lyon, former dryland cropping systems specialist at the Panhandle Center, is now the Endowed Chair of Small Grains Extension and Research and Weed Science at Washington State University.

David Baltensperger, former alternative crops breeding specialist in the Panhandle, is now the Professor and Head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lyon and Baltensperger will speak beginning at 3 p.m. in the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The public is invited and there is no charge.

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