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Plan to attend the Nebraska Local Food and Farm Conference on February 4th and 5th in Aurora, NE. This conference is a dynamic collaboration combining Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Societies Healthy Farms Conference, the Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit, and the Nebraska Specialty Crops Conference & Trade Show into two full days of educational sessions, farmer forums, roundtable conversations, and keynotes.
Fall is an excellent time to soil sample fields for nutrients following harvest. If you have used cover crops for several years and a field is in cover crops now or you plan to drill cover crops this fall, it would be better to soil test in the spring and conduct a soil health test on that field. You may be able to save money on your fertilizer bill.

If you have the opportunity to soil sample crop fields, be sure to check your soil pH. If the soil recommendation indicates lime is suggested, it is something to consider before next year’s cropping season. Liming fields can be done anytime this winter or spring when soil conditions are favorable and sometimes can have a very positive impact on crop yields and nutrient availability of fertilizers to the subsequent crops.

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour visiting several different types of enterprises in southeast Nebraska in and near Lincoln, NE. I have had the opportunity to participate in these tours for over ten years. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to conduct any tours in 2020, but we were able to feature a few virtual on-farm tours of local food producers in the region.

With harvest in full swing here in southeast Nebraska, there is an opportunity to check your fields this fall and provide weed control in your fields if needed. By identifying the weed, extent of any infestations and locations of weed problems, you will have a better strategy for managing these weeds in the future, maybe even this fall.  Marestail or maybe more specifically, glyphosate resistant marestail has become a major problem in Nebraska.  Control has been challenging in recent years.

 In recent years there has been increased interest in the use of cover crops in conventional cropping systems. The USDA NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) has promoted cover crops and provided cost-share programs for farmers to encourage their use to help improve soil health and reduce erosion and degradation of soils. Nebraska Extension, with its On-Farm Research Network and NRCS have partnered together on several field scale on-farm research projects with cover crops across Nebraska.



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