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It could be called PARTT 2. On Aug. 22, 2019, for the second year, the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host its annual field tour, PARTT – for Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour.

The event will include tours of crop research plots at the Panhandle Center; presentations and panel discussions indoor on several timely topics; and a chance to see new ag technology demonstrated – robots, for example.

PARTT will feature demonstrations of new equipment and technology in irrigated crops such as dry edible beans, sugar beets, and corn. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Anybody who can’t come for the entire day is free to come for any part of the event, and stay as long as they can.

Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Four high-school students from Scottsbluff and Bayard are spending their summers teaching elementary students, and in the process learning a few things themselves.

They are participants in the Teens as Teachers program, sponsored by Nebraska Extension and in its third year in Scotts Bluff, second year in Morrill, and a handful of other counties in Nebraska.

The Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation district will be hosting a public meeting Monday (Aug. 12, 2019) at 10 a.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center (4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff) to update farmers and landowners on the repair of the July 17 tunnel collapse and canal breach that disrupted water deliveries to irrigation district customers.

Water delivery has been interrupted to about 55,000 acres of cropland in the Gering-Fort Laramie district and more than 50,000 acres under the Goshen Irrigation District, in Wyoming, served by the canal.

Karla Wilke Cow/Calf, Stocker Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

The July 17, 2019 breach of the Gering-Fort Laramie canal left over 100,000 acres of irrigated crops in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska without water. Without irrigation water and adequate rainfall, taking the corn to full maturity and grain production may not be the best option for the crop.

Producers with a corn crop impacted by the canal breach may want to consider making corn silage out of this year’s crop. There are several things to consider when making the decision to make silage.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 will highlight UNL research on dryland crops, especially sunflowers, proso millet and grain sorghum. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the HPAL machine shop. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Symptoms of Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) have been observed in a sugar beet field near Scottsbluff, a signal that farmers should begin scouting fields for signs of this potentially destructive disease.

Cercospora leaf spot has long been problematic to sugar beet production throughout the eastern and Great lakes production areas of the United States. In western Nebraska, it has been sporadic, but not a consistent issue. However, when it does occur, it can be very destructive.

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