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The Farm Sci-Ed program focusing on highlighting the “science and education behind farming” and integrated pest management research this week has released its first video in a series of videos about research projects happening within the Nebraska Panhandle, with more to come on a regular basis.

The series follows three researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center – Entomologist Jeff Bradshaw, Integrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence, and Plant Pathologist Bob Harveson – throughout the growing season. Research focused on entomology, weed science and plant pathology are shared, along with updates on what is happening within the field. 

Karla Wilke, Cow-Calf Range Management Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center

This article and other research-based beef news are available on beef.unl.edu, Nebraska Extension’s beef cattle production website. Interviews with the authors of BeefWatch newsletter articles become available throughout the month of publication and are accessible at https://go.unl.edu/podcast.

Early weaning of calves may be advantageous in times of drought, when cows are in a confinement system, or as a body condition management tool for very young or old cows.

Have you ever wanted to join the Master Gardener program, only to realize that the training program was over when you decided to inquire? Join Extension Master Gardeners and Nebraska Extension educators Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. MDT, in the Bluestem Room at Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I in Scottsbluff to learn more about the program.

This hour-long program will be a great way for people to learn about the Master Gardener program and hear from experienced Master Gardeners on why they love to learn and participate in the program. Master Gardener training will start across Nebraska in mid-January 2022, and this meeting will explain the sign up process, fees and class structure.

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

Student interns who worked in Nebraska Extension offices throughout the state this summer have gotten a taste of careers in Extension by putting on experiential learning programs for local 4-H programs – planning and leading activities in which kids have fun while learning science, math, nutrition and healthy living.

Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Garden and Cheyenne counties in the Panhandle are four of the numerous offices in the state where interns are working. The interns help teach 4-H classes and organize county fairs, in addition to many other activities that are part of everyday business at a county-based extension office.

By Jessica Groskopf, Dave Aiken & Allan Vyhnalek
Nebraska Extension

Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. Because nothing is in writing, the parties may have different recollections of their agreement, making lease disputes more difficult to resolve.

The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated. For both year-to-year leases and holdover leases, six months advance notice must be given to legally terminate the lease. However, the lease date (the date from which the six months is counted) may be different. In contrast, the termination of a written lease is determined by the terms of the written lease.

Terminating verbal leases

The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on August 19, 2021 to host the annual field tour, Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT).

The 2021 event will highlight up-to-date research on dry beans, corn, sugarbeets, and alternative crops. Entry is free. PARTT will include tours of crop research plots; lunch; afternoon presentations on timely topics; and a chance to see new ag technology.

This year’s PARTT will return to a true field day format, with trailers carrying visitors on a tour of the research plots. In accordance with UNL guidelines, attendees are asked to wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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