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Carlos Urrea, Dry Edible Bean Breeding Specialist
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

The University of Nebraska Dry Bean Breeding Program has announced the development of two new dry edible bean varieties, one a great northern bean suitable for direct harvest and the other a slow-darkening pinto bean variety with longer shelf life. Both new varieties could be available for planting in growers’ fields as early as 2022 or 2023. 

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator Water and Cropping Systems 

Part 4 of a six-part series about basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. When conflicts arise, courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws.

 

Part 1: Basic concepts and legal terms, including riparian doctrine and prior appropriation.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator    Water and Cropping Systems

This is the third in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. When conflicts arise, courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws. 

Tammie Ostdiek, UNL Extension Educator, Morrill County

In the early months of the pandemic, non-perishable foods like dry beans were flying off grocery store shelves. If you still have some packaged dry beans in your pantry, winter is the perfect time to prepare them.

While canned beans are cooked and ready to be heated, served, or used in recipes, packaged dry beans need to be cooked to a palatable texture. For best results, it helps to understand the variables involved with cooking dry beans.

Cooking time depends on the type of beans and the seed variety the farmer plants. Generally, smaller beans will cook faster.

Curious about research projects under way at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center? Now anybody with access to the internet can follow them whenever it’s convenient.

Archived video presentations from the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center’s virtual field day, “Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour – Plus” (PARTT Plus), are now live on the Panhandle Center website.

This event, held in December 2020 over Zoom, supplemented the in-person field day held in August. Speakers from that PARTT event and other specialists presented updates on research from 2020, much of which will be carried on in 2021 and future years.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator Water and Cropping Systems

This is the second in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource. Water law has a long history. It can be traced back to Roman times and also has roots in English common law. Across the United States, it varies from state to state, and from East to West. 

When conflicts arise the courts usually determine the outcome, unless there are state or federal laws or previous case studies to resolve the issue. Exceptions to the law can arise from differences in each state’s water laws. 

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