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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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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.

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Lincoln, Neb. —The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Agricultural Profitability and Nebraska Extension will present Returning to the Farm, and workshop series for families who are in the transition process of bringing members back to the farm. It will begin with a two-day workshop for multi-generational families on Dec. 10 and 11 in Columbus.  

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