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Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance has rescheduled the Scottsbluff Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification training.

The new date and location of the event: Thursday, December 16, 2021 6 p.m., University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center. 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Gary Stone – Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator; Jessica Groskopf – Extension Educator for Agricultural Economics; John Thomas - Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator; Xin Qiao – Irrigation & Water Management Specialist; David Ostdiek – Communications Specialist, Panhandle REC

In the months following the collapse of Tunnel No. 2 on the Goshen / Gering-Fort Laramie main canal in July 2019, temporary repairs were made to Tunnels No 1 and 2.  Steel ribs were installed inside the tunnels to support the concrete tunnel walls.

Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist
Dave Ostdiek, Communication/Technology Associate
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Can winter field peas, planted in September and harvested the middle of the following summer (like winter wheat), work as part of the dryland cropping rotations in the Nebraska Panhandle? The question is being studied by the alternative crops breeding program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff.

Information you need on canning, freezing, and drying can now be found in a new newsletter! A link will be sent to your e-mail when a new issue comes out. Sign up at https://food.unl.edu/food-preservation-newsletter.

Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Educator

This season’s dry edible bean harvest is underway in the tri-state region of the Nebraska Panhandle, southwest Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, and northeastern Colorado. The overall crop in the region looks very good, despite severe weather and some hail earlier in the year across the growing region.  Average yield is expected to be around 2,400 pounds per acre or approximately 40 bushels per acre.

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. 

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