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Stephanie Connelly has been appointed 4-H assistant at the Nebraska Extension Office in Scottsbluff.
The Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District held a public meeting Feb. 9 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to inform the district’s landowners, stakeholders, and water users of the options being considered to repair or replace Tunnels No. 1 and 2, both in Wyoming on the main line canal of the Goshen / Gering-Fort Laramie main line canal; and seek input on what option the district should pursue. Representatives of HDR Engineering outlined the process and evaluation criteria used to determine which options were viable. The evaluation criteria consisted of public safety; operation and maintenance; constructability; risk and consequence of failure; hydraulic capacity and ability to expand; and permitting and compliance.
The risk of grasshopper infestation in Nebraska rangelands will be low in 2022, with slightly higher risk in southwestern Nebraska, based on fall adult surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).
Results of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2021 variety trials for field peas have been compiled and posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website. In 2021, a total of five spring pea variety trials were conducted in the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska.
Cody Creech, Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Specialist at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center at Scottsbluff, has been named the Fenster Professor of Dryland Agriculture.
Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions in February, March and April across the state, including Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

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The estimated crop water use for Nebraska Panhandle crops for the previous week and the upcoming week is shown in this table. It is based on data gathered by and calculations made by Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension educator, and Dr. Xin Qiao, Extension Irrigation and Water Management Specialist, both based at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

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Agsplosion brings agriculture to local students

May 16, 2022
More than 700 elementary students from western Nebraska got a hands-on education recently about Nebraska agriculture during the Agsplosion event that was held in 5 different locations in the Panhandle.

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Are you looking for agricultural information that you can trust? Look no further than University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension publications!

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Two Record Keeping Workshops Offered in Rushville

May 10, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —Keeping your records up to date on the farm or ranch is important but can be a complicated task. Nebraska Extension is offering two workshops in Rushville at the Sheridan County Extension Office (800 S Loofborrow Street) on May 23. These workshops will help you develop an easier process in keeping records by using tools, resources and tips taught during the sessions.

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