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Jesse Fulton, Extension Educator, Director of Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance

This article appears in the October BeefWatch online newsletter at UNL’s beef production website, https://beef.unl.edu. A new BeefWatch is posted every month, and interviews with the authors of BeefWatch newsletter articles become available throughout the month of publication and are accessible at https://go.unl.edu/podcast.

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist
Dave Ostdiek, Communication/Technology Associate
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Can winter field peas, planted in September and harvested the middle of the following summer (like winter wheat), work as part of the dryland cropping rotations in the Nebraska Panhandle? The question is being studied by the alternative crops breeding program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.

Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees Nov. 9-10, 2021 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Research. and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Registrations are due by October 7, along with the registration fee. Space may be limited. 

Providing safe food to customers is an ultimate goal of restaurants and food services. The ServSafe® Manager Training is the industry leader for food service training and is part of the National Restaurant Association Management Certification Program. Over 1 million food service managers and employees have been certified through ServSafe®.

Information you need on canning, freezing, and drying can now be found in a new newsletter! A link will be sent to your e-mail when a new issue comes out. Sign up at https://food.unl.edu/food-preservation-newsletter.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Educator

This season’s dry edible bean harvest is underway in the tri-state region of the Nebraska Panhandle, southwest Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, and northeastern Colorado. The overall crop in the region looks very good, despite severe weather and some hail earlier in the year across the growing region.  Average yield is expected to be around 2,400 pounds per acre or approximately 40 bushels per acre.

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