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Gary Stone, Extension Educator, 308-632-1480, gstone2@unl.edu

Several options are available for people who need to recertify their pesticide applicator licenses in Nebraska, or those who need to obtain certification for the first time. The options may be different, depending on the type of license: commercial/non-commercial, or private applicators.

Due to the COVID pandemic, any scheduled in-person classes are subject to limits on the number of attendees and also potential cancellation. Virtual options are available.

The first option: Crop Production Clinics

Are you yearning for spring and the growing season? Beat the winter doldrums by attending Nebraska Extension Master Gardener classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. This year’s lineup of classes will be taught completely online due to COVID-19 protocols.

Gardening enthusiasts can participate by attending individual classes without extra commitment to the program for a nominal fee for the entire series. Participants can attend the classes of their choice to increase their personal horticultural knowledge.

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist, and David Ostdiek, Communications, UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Results of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2020 variety trials for field peas have been compiled and posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

Pea variety trials were conducted at three sites in the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska: Box Butte County near Alliance (28 varieties), Cheyenne County near Sidney (28 varieties), and Perkins County near Venango (33 varieties). Each site was dryland.

Nevin Lawrence, UNL Integrated Weed Management Specialist
Mitch Stephenson, UNL Range Management Specialist

 

This article appears in the November BeefWatch online newsletter at UNL’s beef production website, https://beef.unl.edu. A new BeefWatch is posted every month, and interviews with the authors of BeefWatch newsletter articles become available throughout the month of publication and are accessible at https://go.unl.edu/podcast.

Two recent articles on rangeland weed control were published on CropWatch which may be of interest to Nebraska ranchers.

The Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center is hosting a virtual field day, the “Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour – Plus” (PARTT Plus) on December 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Held in an online webinar format through Zoom, this event is intended to supplement the in-person event held in August. Speakers from that PARTT event and other specialists will present updates on research they have been actively pursuing and completing during 2020.

Attending PARTT Plus is as simple as signing up through the link below. Everyone who registers will receive an email reminder prior, which will have a link to access the event.

LINCOLN – Nebraska Extension has announced that the upcoming Women Managing Ag Land Conference will now be a be completely virtual experience. Originally scheduled to also be held at three in-person locations across the state, the event is still set for Dec. 2, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time. 

The second annual conference will offer learning opportunities for female farmland owners and tenants looking to improve their business management skills and navigate the challenges of owning and renting agricultural land.

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