Local Interest

Reports of stripe rust in wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, were noted this fall throughout Panhandle wheat fields, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties.

Now, reports of additional epidemics ranging from Garden County in the east to the Wyoming border in the west and to northern Box Butte County near Hemingford have come in, since we requested local reports via the news media.

A pair of workshops will be presented Jan. 25, 2017 at Bridgeport and Chadron on business succession and estate planning for farm and ranch owners, families and beginners.

The Bridgeport workshop will take place from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center. The Chadron workshop will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Chadron State College.

There is no charge. To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

These workshops will include a discussion of beginning farmer programs that can aid in succession planning. They should be useful for established farm and ranch owners, for their successors, and for beginners.

Nebraska Extension will offer a workshop Jan. 31, 2017 in Scottsbluff providing livestock and crop farmers with information on how to turn manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. It is one of eight training sessions scheduled across Nebraska.

Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified. A farm must complete an approved training every five years, and farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are also encouraged to attend. Re-certification will be held during the first two hours of the day-long land application training.

When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the ranch for more than just tax time. A Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshop will be held Jan. 16, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in Bridgeport at the Morrill County Extension Office Board Room.

To register call Jessica Groskopf 308-632-1247. This workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend is $20 per person.

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.

Results of the 2016 variety trials for dry edible beans and field peas conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

The direct link for variety trial results for both peas and beans is http://cropwatch.unl.edu/varietytest/othercrops. Or, navigate to the Other Crops Variety Trials page from the main Cropwatch page (http://cropwatch.unl.edu ) by clicking on these links: management > variety testing > other crops.

Results for 2016 and recent years are listed on that page for both dry beans and peas, along with oats, proso millet, and sunflower.

By Jeff Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

      A research project is under way at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to help determine whether a parasitoid wasp can help control the western bean cutworm, a pest that causes serious damage to dry edible beans in the Nebraska Panhandle.  

      Initial data from the first year, 2016, raised several questions, and more studies are planned for 2017.

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