Agriculture

Wed
21
Mar
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Nebraska Ag Land Value falls in 2017

The average for Nebraska agricultural land values has declined by 3 percent over the last year, according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Farm Real Estate Market Survey. This marks the fourth-consecutive year of decline. Market values have dropped 17 percent since reaching a high of $3,315 in 2014.

The statewide all-land average value for the year ending Feb. 1 averaged $2,745 per acre. Average farmland values for the eight districts and the percentage decrease from 2017 were: Northwest, $720 (5 percent); North, $1,095 (6 percent); Northeast, $5,420 (2 percent); Central, $3,280 (3 percent); East, $6,260 (2 percent); Southwest, $1,700 (3 percent); South, $3,775 (3 percent); and Southeast, $4,810 (1 percent).

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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Farm and ranch succession transition workshop

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Persons of all ages are invited to attend a “Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop” hosted by UNL Extension. This workshop will be Friday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Nebraska Extension in Saline County, 306 West Third St., Wilber.

Cost to attend is $20 per farm operation and $10 for each additional family member. Please preregister by Tuesday, March 20, by calling Nebraska Extension in Saline County, 402-821-2151, to ensure that there are enough handouts, food and other materials. The registration fee will include your meal, handouts and presentations.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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PLANT SCIENCE INVESTIGATION & COMMUNITY GARDEN

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Have a green thumb? Interested in gardening? If you answered yes to those questions, join the Plant Science Investigation (PSI) and/or Community Garden teams this year. Here’s what you can learn about in PSI:

• Learn about the importance of agriculture and how crops are used.

 

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Wed
28
Feb
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Tractor Safety Training required by law for teen workers

Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from using specific equipment on a farm unless parents or legal guardians own the farm.

Certification received through a course provided by Nebraska Extension grants an exemption to the law, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and work with certain mechanized equipment.

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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Farm Bureau participates in ag reading program

Through the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture Reading Hour Program, Lisa Griess, office assistant for Clay County Farm Bureau, volunteered to read the agriculture-themed book to Mrs. Schmer’s kindergarten class at Sutton Public School.

The program, which was funded through a grant from Farm Credit Services of America, aims to engage agricultural volunteers in their communities to read an accurate agriculture-themed book to youth in their communities.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Sutton 4-H clubs celebrate 4-H Month

To celebrate 4-H Month, elementary students at Sutton involved in the Eastside Livestock and Town and Country Lassies clubs dressed in their green and white 4-H shirts. 

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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Farmers, Ranchers College set for Feb. 23 in Geneva

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Today’s farmers and ranchers not only have to be efficient with production practices, but also need to be well-informed with risk management and economics of their business. With that in mind, the Farmers and Ranchers College is offering the program, “Crop Insurance, Farm Bill Policy Update and More” at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Geneva, Feb. 23.

This workshop will start at 10 a.m. with registration at 9:45 and will wrap up at 3 p.m. Due to the generous contributions of many businesses and organizations, the program is free; registration is preferred for an accurate meal county by Feb. 16. Call the Fillmore County Extension office at (402)759-3712 or email Brandy at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu to register.

 

Wed
31
Jan
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7th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Attention 4-H and FFA Youth! Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are in high demand and will continue to be in future years. To engage youth in crop science based education, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge (IYCC) was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension. Since the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge program’s inception in 2012, 35 teams have participated in the program with 20 teams successfully harvesting and analyzing their plot data. A total of 105 youth have participated. This contest, open to 4-H members or FFA members, guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

Wed
24
Jan
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Weed, disease, insect guides available

By Brandy VanDeWalle

One of the best publications that Nebraska Extension releases each year for farmers and ranchers is the Weed, Disease and Insect Guide. This annual publication provides producers the latest product information and strategies for effectively managing pests. A recent CropWatch article highlighted this guide, which I’ve included in my column this week.

The 332-page guide offers a single, comprehensive resource for your pest management challenges. It is written by Nebraska Extension specialists in agronomy and weed science, plant pathology and entomology, who offer pesticide rate, efficacy, and application notes based on Nebraska conditions and research. It also offers a range of tools to aid in pest management, from a guide to herbicide classifications to an applicator nozzle and spray droplet classification to photo guides of common diseases, insects and weeds.

 

Wed
17
Jan
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Dicamba online training sessions set

By Brandy VanDeWalle

There have been questions in the office regarding dicamba trainings so this week I’m sharing an article from the Nebraska Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education office. Online training for Nebraska applicators who plan to use new restricted use pesticide (RUP) dicamba products now is available through Nebraska Extension.

Nebraska applicators completing the new training may apply Monsanto’s XtendiMax, DuPont’s FeXapan and BASF’s Engenia on genetically modified Xtend soybeans. These herbicides kill broadleaf weeds but not Xtend soybeans. Since soybeans also are broadleaf plants, problems arise when traditional, or non-Xtend soybeans, have dicamba-related injuries.

 

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