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Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/calf, Range Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Any Google search will reveal plenty of articles on how cattle are bad for the environment. Some will say they emit too many greenhouse gases, while others will lament that they compete with humans for food resources. However, consumers may be surprised to learn that cattle are actually able to eat many things that are actually considered waste and are not allowed in the human consumption markets.

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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