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Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference

Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference which will be held in David City on February 2nd. While it is free, pre-registration is required. Here is the link to the webpage and registration. https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/nebraska-cover-crop-conference/

Rising Fertilizer Prices and Turfgrass

By: Kelly Feehan, Extension Educator, kfeehan2@unl.edu

Release: Week of January 17, 2022

 With contracts being signed for lawn care services this summer, homeowners might be surprised at the price. This is due to a number of factors, but the rising cost of fertilizer is key.

 According to a December 9 Reuters article, “Global fertilizer prices have reached record highs this year, in part due to soaring prices for natural gas used to produce them, and severe storms in the United States that disrupted production”.

The new Ag Budget Calculator (ABC) program is working well now for crop enterprise budgeting!  Now, all of the 2022 UNL crop budgets are available in the program for producers and ag managers to download into their own ABC account and modify or customize as their own cost of production budgets, or they can start from scratch and create their own. The budgets were posted in CropWatch last week.  https://cropwatch.unl.edu/budgets

Virtual training sessions are scheduled now through early February for ABC program users. See this link - https://cap.unl.edu/abc/training  

LINCOLN, Neb. August 6, 2021 - Nebraska's farm real estate value, a measurement of the
value of all land and buildings on farms, increased from 2020, according to USDA's National
Agricultural Statistics Service. Farm real estate value for 2021 averaged $3,100 per acre, up
$310 per acre (up 11%) from last year.
Cropland value increased 14% from last year to $4,960 per acre. Dryland cropland value
averaged $3,990 per acre, $530 higher than last year. Irrigated cropland value averaged
$6,530 per acre, $710 above a year ago. Pastureland, at $1,080 per acre, was $40 higher than
the previous year.
Cash rents paid to landlords in 2021 for cropland increased from last year. Irrigated cropland



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2022 Dry Edible Bean Day set for Feb. 8 at Gering Civic Center, with Zoom option

January 26, 2022
The 2022 Nebraska Dry Bean Edible Bean Day will feature the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association's annual meeting, as well as information on dry bean revenue insurance, irrigation water outlook, and discussion of on-farm research with University of Nebraska-Lincoln specialists.

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February programs to discuss supplementation strategies to mitigate nutrient challenging breeding seasons and grazing systems

January 25, 2022
Four face-to-face programs across the Panhandle on Feb. 16 and 17 hosted by Nebraska Extension will focus on management practices to improve pregnancy rates in late-spring-calving cows, and review the impacts of grazing systems on Nebraska’s plant communities and rangeland productivity.

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Chemigation certification training set in Scottsbluff, Sidney, Bridgeport, Alliance

January 24, 2022
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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Nebraska Extension offers Land Application Training Feb. 9 in Bridgeport, also other Nebraska sites

January 24, 2022
Applying manure management concepts on-farm will be the focus on eight Nebraska Extension Land Application Workshops across the state in February and March, including one in Bridgeport on Feb. 9.

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