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The Animal Manure Management team has opted to change the format of live Land Application Training events this year. In February and March, the team will host a series of three 1.5-hour long zoom sessions that will serve as the first portion of initial land application training. Recertification training and the last segment of initial training will be held at a later date, hopefully in-person. Anyone is welcome to participate in the zoom sessions, but participation at each session will be limited to keep them interactive and informative.

By Jessica Groskopf, Regional Agricultural Economist

On July 17, 2019, Tunnel No. 2 collapsed on the Goshen / Gering-Ft Laramie irrigation canal, leaving 107,000 acres of farmland without water for much of the 2019 growing season. Although repairs to the collapsed tunnel and two other tunnels have been made, challenges remain for irrigators relying on this system.

The metal “ribs” installed to support the tunnels along the canal have reduced the water delivery capacity of the system to 75 percent. This reduction in water capacity raises many questions for farmers and landowners regarding crop insurance coverage for the upcoming 2021 crop year.

Nebraska Extension will conduct chemigation certification training sessions in February and March 2021 at Alliance, Sidney, Bridgeport, and Scottsbluff. Training and testing will also be available online.

Producers who plan to apply crop nutrients and pesticides through irrigation systems during 2021, including those who need to renew their permits, are required to attend a training session and pass the test administered afterward, or else complete the online process.

The preferred option for both initial and recertifying chemigators is the online version. A link to the online program, with directions, is at https://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation

Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees March 16-17, 2021 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I.

Registrations are due by Feb. 22, along with the registration fee. Space is limited, due to occupancy restrictions for the COVID pandemic. For more information or registration form, contact Nebraska Extension at 308-262-1022 or 308-632-1480, or Extension Educator Tammie Ostdiek at tostdiek5@unl.edu.

The 2021 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will be a virtual event this February, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, on the Zoom webinar platform. To receive the Zoom address, contact the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association at 308-633-1387 or email, nebeangrower@allophone.com.

The ProHort Lawn & Landscape Update will be held virtually in 2021.

Workshops for nursery & green industry professionals, public works employees, landscape managers, arborists, tree board volunteers and cemetery & grounds keepers will be held virtually in February. 

Join from your computer via Zoom Fridays from 8:00am - 11:30am. Registration at go.unl.edu/prohort, deadline is February 12, 2021. Cost is $20 for one day or $30 for both days. ISA and NAA CEU credits available only for registered participants.

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