Agriculture

Wed
04
Nov
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JENNY’S REESources

By Jenny Rees

Agricultural Tour: On Thursday, a group of Nebraska Ag Extension Educators, with a few spouses, headed on an agricultural trip through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. We had excellent stops and the trip allowed for programming discussions and building relationships. We also went to the Nebraska vs. Purdue football game. Our first stop was a tilapia fish farm in Chillicothe, MO, called Quixotic (http://www.quixoticfarming.com/). It was an absolutely fascinating stop learning how one of the partners who is also a large hog farmer, was brought in to the partnership to convert an empty Wal-Mart building into a fish farm.

Wed
28
Oct
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JENNY’S REESources

By Jenny Rees

Harvest has greatly progressed in the past few weeks and corn is really dry. Many have commented on the stalk quality this year being poor, regardless of fungicide use. We just had an extreme amount of disease pressure this year attributing to that. Thankful for even a little rain to settle some of the dust. Please continue to be safe with the remainder of this harvest season! Additional Grazing Study: A five-year fall grazing study (December—January) was conducted in an irrigated continuous no-till cornfield at Brule, NE, to determine the effect of corn residue removal via baling corn residue or fall grazing on subsequent corn yields.

Wed
21
Oct
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JENNY’S REESOURCES

by Jenny Rees
 
Grazing Corn Residue: Last week, I shared recent research regarding the Fusarium fungus causing sudden death syndrome on soybean being able to survive best on corn kernels lost during the harvest process and also on corn residue. Grazing corn residue is one way to remove corn kernels lost during the harvest process and reduce volunteer corn for the following year. It also benefits livestock farmers and provides valuable feed. However, many stalks in Nebraska are left ungrazed for various reasons.
 
Wed
14
Oct
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Rupp Elected to Hall of Fame

Dr. Gary Rupp, veterinarian, UNL emeritus professor and founding director of the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center, was one of two veterinarians elected to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in September.

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Wed
07
Oct
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JENNY’S REESources

by Jenny Rees
 
Stalk Rot: Harvest is progressing and we were anticipating a higher amount of stalk rot this year. This is because increased disease pressure on the leaves of corn plants reduces the phytosynthetic capability of those leaves. We’ve had a great fill period for corn and plants started taking material from the stalks to fill those ears. You can check your fields for stalk rot by walking into the field and pinching (placing the first internode of the stalk above the soil line between your thumb and first finger and applying pres - sure to) 20 plants. Take a percentage of those that crush in your hand. 
 
Wed
30
Sep
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NPPD Urges Electrical Safety During Harvest Season

by Jenny Rees

Harvest season is one of the most satisfying times of the year on the farm. It’s the culmination of many long hours of effort in raising crops. However, the long grueling hours in the field can make workers weary and prone to forget safety precautions that can prevent serious or fatal electrical injuries. Nebraska Public Power District and its wholesale public power partners urge farm operators, family members, and employees to beware of overhead power lines, keep farm equipment safely away, and know what to do if accidental contact is made with power lines.

Wed
23
Sep
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Harvest Season Calls for Cautious People

Every year, the time comes when the county roads belong to combines, tractors and other heavy machinery. Harvest isn’t coming, it’s already here, and Clay County is already deep into the task. With harvest comes the extra cautious safety measures that everyone needs to follow to ensure coming out of the season with little to no accidents or injuries. Living in an agriculture-based state gives the advantage of understanding the need to slow down on county roads, double-check that road at the stop sign, and also to watch out for pedestrians.
 
Wed
16
Sep
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T-L Celebrates 60 Years of Business

An abandoned arched white building with brick facing and a grass-filled parking lot is all that is left of the first building that housed T-L Irrigation in 1955. In 1956, T-L Irrigation, founded by LeRoy Thom, was selling more than 300 miles of Tractor Tow Line sprinkler irrigation systems. Now, 60 years later, the company has expanded to 22 buildings and is selling irrigation to 45 states and 75 foreign countries.

 

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Wed
09
Sep
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Husker Harvest Days Begin Sept. 15

Visitors and exhibitors at the Husker Harvest Days show will greatly benefit from the visitor parking lot regrading, drainage upgrading and driving lane installation. A heavy construction program is currently underway at the site and will be completed before the 2015 event to be held Sept. 15-17, at its permanent site west of Grand Island,
 
 
 
Wed
02
Sep
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Upper Big Blue NRD Offering Tree Replacement Program

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) has established a new and permanent Storm Damage Tree Replacement Program. It is designed to encourage replacement plantings of trees and shrubs damaged or destroyed due to tornados, strong winds, hail and ice storms. “The NRD created this program to help get communities back on their feet after tough and devastating losses due to weather,” said Scott Snell, Public Relations Manager for the NRD.
 

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