Agriculture

Wed
17
May

Nebraska part of national research initiative to improve cover crops

Lincoln, NE—The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is part of a $6.6 million research initiative to promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops across the United States. The initiative was launched March 22 by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, which is the lead institution.

The initiative, made possible by a $2.2 million grant from FFAR, will bring together representatives from the seed industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, a producer network and multiple landgrant universities,including Nebraska.

 

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Wed
10
May

Leaf Rust confirmed, Stripe Rust widespread but at low levels

Because of the presence of stripe rust and leaf rust in the state, as well as increasing incidence and severity of Septoria leaf blotch and tan spot, growers are encouraged to be vigilant in scouting their fields.

A survey of wheat fields May 4-5, in southwest, south central, and southeast Nebraska, found low levels of disease with most fields showing a lush green growth. Leaf rust was found in a few fields at trace levels. Stripe rust was found in the majority of fields visited. It was mostly at trace levels, but occasionally, moderate to high severity was found on the lower leaves.

 

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Wed
03
May

Youth participate in 4-H Animal Science Day

On April 2, 2017, 4-H and FFA youth participated in a livestock judging contest; they judged three classes of beef, sheep and swine animals. Concluding the educational event, Extension staff taught livestock quality assurance program, in which youth learned good production practices to follow when raising livestock.

Participants in the Senior Division were: (Purple ribbons) Jason Brockman, Josh Shaw and receiving a blue was Caileigh Tripe.

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Wed
26
Apr

Registration open for UNL Extension BugMasters camp

Lincoln, NE—Nebraska Extension and the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are offering a “BugMasters” volunteer program training for adults interested in learning more about insects. BugMasters will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 12-13 at the Nebraska East Union on East Campus.

This two-day training camp will cover topics such as insect basics, pollinators, pests and how to teach insect programs. After the training, participants will be prepared to conduct outreach programs in collaboration with the university for various audiences as part of one or more teams: educating youth through outreach, protecting pollinators, Emerald Ash Borer education and bed bug mythbusters.

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Wed
19
Apr

Springing into the growing season

Despite much needed rain that has fallen in much of the area over the course of the past few weeks, many row crop producers have begun the annual planting ritual to kick off the 2017 growing season in Clay County. Here, Bruce Fehr plants corn northeast of Sutton, or northwest of Grafton, just inside Filmore County. Much of the southern parts of Clay County have sat idle following heavy rains on Friday, April 14.

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Wed
12
Apr

Flint Hills Resources donates to SPS programs

Flint Hills Resources of Fairmont made a donation of just over $1,500, to both the agriculture and industrial arts departments at Sutton High School, to help with the purchase of safety equipment in both programs. Shown with students in each program at SPS is Kim Fuglestad on the left and Lynn Jasnoch, far right . Sutton educators for both departments include Jessie Bower in the agriculture department and Steve Ramer in the industrial arts department.

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Wed
05
Apr

Aggies dig landscape challenge in Utah

The mountainous beauty at Provo, UT, inspired an agricultural trio from Nebraska in a unique test of their collegiate training.

Three students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis ranked 16th of 57 college teams, which competed in the 2017 National Landscape Collegiate Plant Installation last Friday.

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Wed
29
Mar

Clay Co. hosts 4-H open house

Tuesday, March 21, the Clay County Extension Office hosted a 4-H open house for those currently involved in 4-H, and for those who are wanting to go into 4-H. A number of exhibits were open for kids and families to stop at and participate in. There was also a selection of farm animals for the attendees to visit.

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Wed
22
Mar

National Ag Week at NCTA

BY DEAN RON ROSATI, PHD

Greetings from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, home of the NCTA Aggies and future leaders in American agriculture.

This week is National Agriculture Week and Nebraskans join the nation’s consumers in recognizing the 2017 theme, “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

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Wed
15
Mar

Spring activities blooming for farmers

Over the past few weeks, farmers have taken to the fields to disc the land in preparation for planting season. On the other end of the spectrum, mama cows have been welcoming calves, also over the last few weeks, keeping farmers and their families busy.

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