Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff County

Local Interest

Efficiency and sustainability are important topics to beef consumers and the future success of the beef industry. These topics are also the theme of Nebraska Extension’s Ranching for Profitability session in 2019.

In January, Ranching for Profitability will be offered as a webinar that beef producers can join from any of 13 downlink locations across Nebraska, or from their home via the internet. A list of sites and registration information follows.

 The webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (6:30-9:30 p.m. Central). Expert university and industry speakers will address genetic changes in cattle breeds; consumer preferences at the meat counter; and protecting herd health.

By Jessica Groskopf, Ag Economics Educator, Nebraska Extension

December pre-tax planning meetings are right around the corner, so farmers and ranchers might want to spend a little time at their computers get their Quicken bookkeeping file in order.

It has been a few months since most farmers and ranchers have entered transactions. When inputting several months of entries, anyone is likely to make a few mistakes. Here are tips to tackle two common problems faced when entering transactions into Quicken:  

Missing transactions

A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held Dec. 18, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants. To register call 308-632-1230. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per participant.

Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

The basics of QuickBooks Desktop financial software for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping will be taught in a workshop Dec. 14, 2018 at Scottsbluff.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports.

The workshop fee is $65 per person. Class size is limited to seven. To register, call 308-632-1230.

Results of 2018 variety trials for field peas are in, and have been posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

The pea trials consisted of four plots, with each with between 19 and 35 varieties. They were located in Box Butte, Cheyenne, Custer and Perkins counties. All plots were dryland (rain-fed). A fifth location in Webster County near Bladen failed.

For each variety at each plot, the CropWatch website report lists yield (listed according to rank); test weight; days to flowering and physiological maturity; height at harvest; and other information about the growing season and production practices at each location.

By Tammie Ostdiek, Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Family and friends gather in the kitchen and around the table during the holidays. But nobody wants to miss the fun times with family and friends because of foodborne illness. Follow these food safety guidelines to reduce the risk of contamination.

PLAN AHEAD – Thawing turkey in the refrigerator will require about 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. A 20-pound bird will defrost in about five to six days. A thawed turkey can safely remain in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking. Turkey can be submerged in cold tap water for thawing. The water should be changed every 30 minutes and the turkey cooked immediately after it is thawed.

Pages



Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff County

Local Events

Search Local & National Extension Resources

Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo is Dec. 13 in Wahoo
Dec 6 –

December 6, 2018

Lincoln, Nebraska – The 2018 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo will assist soybean producers in planning for growing season. The expo is 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Dec. 13 in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.

Read more
Three State Beef Conference Jan. 15-17, 2019
Dec 4 – Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 15, 16 and 17, 2019 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Read more