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The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on August 20, 2020 to host the annual field tour, Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT). The in-person event will be conducted with social distancing and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The 2020 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 under the main tent; and a chance to see new ag technology. Anybody who can’t come for the entire day is free to come for any part of the event and stay as long as they can.

Hot, dry conditions in early summer have taken a toll on grass growth in much of the Great Plains this year. There are several options cattle producers may want to consider to conserve grass in these dry areas. Every producer should have a drought plan that includes trigger dates and a culling strategy, but once those top cuts are made, what feeding options are there for the core herd?

Nebraska Extension will offer the ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees August 11-12, 2020 in Bridgeport, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 Main St.

Registrations are due by July 17, along with the registration fee. Contact Nebraska Extension at 308-262-1022 or 308-632-1480, or Extension Educator Tammie Ostdiek at tostdiek5@unl.edu for more information.

An update on research being conducted at the UNL High Plains Agricultural Lab near Sidney, NE, in 2020. Social distancing guidelines would not permit us to conduct an in-person field day in 2020, so this collection of videos and other online presentations will convey the same information that would have been delivered in person.

By Jeanne Yeoman, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Summer lawn care: You can have a healthier lawn this summer by following these tips:

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist   Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Rusts are plant diseases caused by highly diverse pathogenic fungi that can affect many different kinds of plants. Most crops grown in Nebraska can be affected by a rust disease, but fortunately we do not suffer disease problems every year.

Disease incidence and severity are strongly correlated with several major factors, including the severity of the previous winter and temperatures and moisture the following spring.

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