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By Cody Creech, UNL Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Scottsbluff; Amanda Easterly, Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Sidney; and Brian Maust, Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Lincoln

The 2023 Nebraska Extension Fall Seed Guide is now available at cropwatch.unl/varietytest. The online guide has details on yield, protein, test weight, ratings for disease characteristics, location summaries, and weather information.

By Jessica Groskopf and Dave Aiken, UNL ag economists 

Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. Because nothing is in writing, the parties may have different recollections of their agreement, making lease disputes more difficult to resolve. The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated. For verbal leases, six months advance notice must be given to legally terminate the lease. In contrast, the termination of a written lease is determined by the terms of the written lease. If the lease does not address termination, the lease automatically terminates on the last day of the lease.

Terminating verbal leases

The International Millets Conference will be held Aug. 1-3, 2023 at the Gering Civic Center in Gering. The conference is being jointly presented by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Rutgers University as part of the United Nations “International Years of Millets 2023.” 

The conference theme is “Promoting Millets through Interdisciplinary Research: New Varieties and New Markets for a Better Tomorrow!” Topics will include millets production in the U.S. and around the world. There will be presentations by High Plains millets producers, representatives from state government and the U.S. millets industries, millets breeders and agronomists, grain handlers and processors, marketers, and millets products (food, feed, and beverages) developers.

Keynote speakers:

David E. Lott, Horticulture Educator, dlott2@unl.edu

Warm summer temperatures prompt vegetable crops to grow and thrive. Keeping garden vegetable crops hydrated is crucial for these plants thriving as water is essential to the photosynthesis process, plant growth, and production. When water availability is reduced, carbohydrate production in the plant, the building block of plant nutrition, decreases significantly. That decrease leads to reduced growth, vigor, and crop production potential.

Here are some very simple tips to help provide the needed moisture levels in vegetable and fruit crops.

Gary Stone - Extension Educator

The Niobrara River, White River and Hat Creek

The Niobrara and White River drainage systems are in the northwest and northern Nebraska. The headwaters of the Niobrara are near Manville, Wyoming. The White River headwaters are located southeast of Harrison, Nebraska.

The Niobrara River ends at the confluence with the Missouri River near Niobrara, Nebraska. The Niobrara River flows for approximately 568 miles with an average discharge of 1,718 cfs. Major tributaries of the Niobrara River are the Keya Paha River and Snake River.

Gary Stone - Extension Educator

The Platte Rivers

The Platte Rivers drainage system is the largest and longest in the state. I say “rivers” because this drainage comprises the North Platte, South Platte, and from the confluence of these two to the Missouri River, the Platte River. The combined rivers in Nebraska run from the Panhandle at Henry, Nebraska (North Platte) and near Big Springs, Nebraska (South Platte) to the confluence with the Missouri River north of Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

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Amid the high temperatures in western Nebraska, wheat harvest has been going on. “We’re right in the middle of wheat harvest,” said Cody Creech, Nebraska Extension dryland cropping specialist at the UNL High Plains Ag Lab in Sidney. “The rest of the state has wrapped up, and we’ll be completing harvest this week.” Typical for most growers, weather has been a big factor in wheat yields. The yield reports in the Panhandle vary depending on whether the fields were hit by hail or not.

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North Platte native donates tree to Tree Lane Road

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Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Society award two from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Two with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center were among those awarded at the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Society (NSWCS) awards night on Wednesday, June 12, in Scottsbluff.

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