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This fall driving across Nebraska I have seen thousands of bales of crop residue, primarily corn stalks baled up. While this is not unusual, the drought across Nebraska definitely had an impact on corn stalks being harvested as a forage for beef cattle. Pasture and rangeland grazing losses were significant across most of the state and hay production was reduced under dryland conditions. While grazing crop fields is ideal, it may not be practical for everyone and some farmers without livestock are looking for another source of income by baling up crop residue bales.

Once we get past Christmas, I always start thinking about spring gardening again. I know it is very early to do that in January, but the seed catalogs start coming in the mail and I get excited for the growing season. One plant that blooms very early and could be added to your gardens is one called Helleborus, or more commonly, Lenten Rose.
Last year Nebraska Extension introduced the free Agricultural Budget Calculator (ABC) program. This program is designed to assist agricultural producers in determining their cost of production and projected cash and economic returns for their various farm or ranch enterprises. It is developed by the Center for Agricultural Profitability in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agricultural Economics. This article comes from recent issues of CropWatch where Glennis McClure and other members of the Center for Ag Profitability Team explained the program and a couple of , specific questions that may come up when using it.
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Nathan Mueller, Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator provides timely information about growing wheat in southeast Nebraska. Here is an update he provided concerning winter wheat variety selection.

The 2022 Nebraska Custom Rates Report is now available on the Center for Agricultural Profitability’s website, at https://cap.unl.edu/customrates. The biennial publication reports on survey data gathered on custom operations and services in Nebraska, providing updated market rates and information for custom work providers and their potential customers.

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The Center for Great Plains Studies has welcomed 15 new Great Plains Fellows into their ranks.

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Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 9 at Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center

January 23, 2023
Registration is open for the 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference (formerly Nebraska Cover Crop Conference). The conference will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead.

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2023 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 7, Gering Civic Center

January 22, 2023
The 2023 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will be an in-person event this February, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska.

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AMPLIFY Engagement Conference registration open to UNL faculty, staff and students

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Registration is now open for Nebraska Extension’s second annual AMPLIFY Engagement Conference.

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