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Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Interest in chickpea production in Nebraska has ebbed and flowed over the last 20 years. Beginning about 2000 chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, became a popular crop to rotate into production systems, particularly in Box Butte County.

In 2005-06 acreage of the new crop approached 10,000 acres planted. However, due almost exclusively to the appearance of a disease called Ascochyta blight, interest in the crop dropped drastically. This devastating disease, caused by a fungus, is considered to be the most important yield limiting factor worldwide, and is present everywhere chickpeas are grown.

Aaron Berger, Beef Educator Nebraska Extension

When beef producers look at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation. Other expenses, such as breeding expense and veterinary costs, tend to be significantly less than the “Big Three.”

To conduct an economic analysis of a ranch, first break the ranch into enterprises to understand where value is being created and costs are occurring. Land ownership, hay production, cow-calf and replacement heifer development are four of the major enterprises on many ranches.

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Gary Stone, Extension Educator, 308-632-1480, gstone2@unl.edu

Several options are available for people who need to recertify their pesticide applicator licenses in Nebraska, or those who need to obtain certification for the first time. The options may be different, depending on the type of license: commercial/non-commercial, or private applicators.

Due to the COVID pandemic, any scheduled in-person classes are subject to limits on the number of attendees and also potential cancellation. Virtual options are available.

Are you yearning for spring and the growing season? Beat the winter doldrums by attending Nebraska Extension Master Gardener classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. This year’s lineup of classes will be taught completely online due to COVID-19 protocols.

Gardening enthusiasts can participate by attending individual classes without extra commitment to the program for a nominal fee for the entire series. Participants can attend the classes of their choice to increase their personal horticultural knowledge.

Dave Ostdiek, Communications Associate, Panhandle Research and Extension Center

 For Scottsbluff 4-H member Gavin Carrizales, 2020 is on target to be a memorable year. 

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to make adjustments in their lives, often with negative impacts, the 12-year-old sixth grader has also made positive memories with his remarkable accomplishments in 4-H shooting sports. Carrizales has won statewide contests in both archery and small-bore firearms, and in the process posted unprecedented perfect scores. 

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist, and David Ostdiek, Communications, UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Results of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2020 variety trials for field peas have been compiled and posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

Pea variety trials were conducted at three sites in the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska: Box Butte County near Alliance (28 varieties), Cheyenne County near Sidney (28 varieties), and Perkins County near Venango (33 varieties). Each site was dryland.

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