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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability and Nebraska Extension will host a series of price risk management workshops for cattle producers in Franklin, Trenton, Rushville, and Bridgeport. Attendees will learn strategies designed to reduce risk exposure to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times.

Current cattle industry issues will be discussed to help producers make informed decisions.

By Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension water & integrated cropping systems educator

Harvest in the Panhandle is progressing well, although some crops are behind in harvest. Winter wheat for the 2024 growing season has been planted since mid-September, and emergence is looking good at this time.

 The sugar beet harvest started in September and is in full swing. Harvest should be completed by the end of the month. Cooler weather is required to help prevent overheating in the sugar beet piles and reduce pile loss. The estimated harvest tonnage is 28 tons per acre, with a sugar content of 17.5 percent. Producers are paid for the sugar produced. Some fields were affected by Cercospora leaf spot this season, leading to a decrease in tonnage and sugar content. 

By Chabella Guzman, UNL PREEC communications specialist

The annual Water Education for Tomorrow or W.E.T. event held on October 5-6, 2023 welcomed fifth graders from nine western Nebraska schools. The event is hosted by ESU13, and students visited nine stations dealing with water at the North Platte Natural Resources Department in Scottsbluff. 

“We try to provide these kinds of learning opportunities for each grade,” said Dave Griess, ESU professional learning coordinator. Water is a science standard of focus for fifth-graders. Among the nine presenters at the event was the Nebraska Extension 4-H presenting on the Importance of Irrigation. 

The 2023 Nebraska Pulse Crops Conference will focus on field peas, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and other pulses. The conference will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, at the Bridgeport Prairie Winds Event Center in Bridgeport and again on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. 

The event will include morning sessions on agronomy and breeding of peas, soil nutrient management, and diseases. The afternoon sessions will look at nutrition and quality for human foods, trade, crop insurance, policy, and talks by seed and food industry representatives.   

By Cody Creech, UNL Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Scottsbluff; Amanda Easterly, Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Sidney; and Brian Maust, Department of Agronomy/Horticulture in Lincoln

The 2023 Nebraska Extension Fall Seed Guide is now available at cropwatch.unl/varietytest. The online guide has details on yield, protein, test weight, ratings for disease characteristics, location summaries, and weather information.

By Jessica Groskopf and Dave Aiken, UNL ag economists 

Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. Because nothing is in writing, the parties may have different recollections of their agreement, making lease disputes more difficult to resolve. The most common legal issue associated with verbal farm leases is how a lease may legally be terminated. For verbal leases, six months advance notice must be given to legally terminate the lease. In contrast, the termination of a written lease is determined by the terms of the written lease. If the lease does not address termination, the lease automatically terminates on the last day of the lease.

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