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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.

A QuickBooks Desktop for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held on Nov. 13 in Scottsbluff.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The cost to attend is $65 per person. To register call 308-632-1230.

Jerry Terwilliger teaches the basics of QuickBooks Desktop in a hands-on workshop, focusing on the record keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports. Classes are limited to seven participants each, please register soon.

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/Calf and Stocker Management Specialist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Recently I attended a high school football game just a few blocks from that community’s local cattle auction. As I watched the players warming up, I hardly noticed the bawling noises made by the calves who had been delivered earlier that day in preparation for the big sale the next day.

Those interested in learning about current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations should make plans to attend upcoming land management meetings in Scottsbluff and Bridgeport.

These workshops are designed to provide up to date information on management strategies for both the landlords and tenants involved in land leases, based on the topic “Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century.”

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