Agriculture

Thu
24
Aug
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UNL Extension: Time to evaluate your irrigation system

STEVE MELVIN, EXTENSION EDUCATOR IRRIGATED CROPPING SYSTEMS By this time of year, everyone is ready to be done irrigating; however, now is the perfect time to evaluate your irrigation equipment and the crop it irrigated to see what needs to be fixed or improved before the start of next season.

Many pivot service providers have excellent off-season service specials; however, some problems can only be diagnosed while the system is operating and before the crop is harvested. During the last irrigations, take a close look at how the equipment is working as well as how uniformly the crop was watered. Before you shut down your systems for the season, take time to check them out and make a list of what needs to be fixed or improved to increase irrigation performance for the next season.

 

Wed
16
Aug
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Three compete in state horse show July 16-20

Three county horse showers competed in the annual State 4-H Horse Expo July 16-20, at Fonner Park, including Holly Nolan, Tymerie Steinhauer, and Riley Kroger.

Steinhauer would take home third place and a purple ribbon in the Junior Barrels, while also taking home a blue ribbon in Junior Pole Bending.

Nolan came home with a red ribbon in Senior Western Horsemanship 15 & Up and a blue ribbon in Trail Horse. Also competing in Trail Horse was Korger, who earned a white ribbon. She also competed in Advanced Western Horsemanship and Advanced Western Pleasure, bringing home a white ribbon in each.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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UNL earns $5.78 million grant

Lincoln, NE, Aug. 2 — Harkamal Walia, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the affects of high night-time temperatures on wheat and rice.

The stress of high nighttime temperatures can lead to severe losses in the yield and quality of crops. These losses are particularly high for wheat and rice, two major cereal crops worldwide. During the four-year project, Walia’s team will investigate genes and genetic variants in wheat and rice to identify genetic markers and physiological characteristics tied to heat tolerance.

Wed
02
Aug
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Extension specialist responds to dicamba concerns

Lincoln, NE— Nebraska crop producers are joining others across the country in facing potential issues related to dicamba, a herbicide for broadleaf weed control.

While the product has been available for a number of years, this was the first year that dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean and new dicamba-based formulations were made commercially available in Nebraska.

An estimated 500,000 acres of dicamba-tolerant soybean were planted this year across the state, but broadleaf crops sensitive to the herbicide are raising concerns for growers.

Wed
26
Jul
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Project SENSE demo day to feature high tech sensors in action

A Project SENSE lunch and learn session is planned for Friday, Aug. 4, in Hebron, NE. Growers will learn how to outfit and implement the project’s nitrogen management strategy on their operations. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.

Strategies which detect crop nitrogen status at early growth stages are a promising way to improve nitrogen fertilizerefficiency and improve groundwater nitrate levels. Growers will see a live demonstration of the project’s high clearance nitrogen applicator outfitted with active crop canopy sensors and will see the high tech sensors in action. Results from the prior two years will be shared.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Keepin’ cool in the midst of the current heatwave

With the current heatwave beating down on much of the midwest, these cattle sought refuge from the high heat Monday, July 17 just southeast of Sutton. Temperatures are expected to reach, if not break, the century mark through Friday, with a slight cool down expected for the area beginning this weekend, with temperatures set to fall in the mid 80’s to low 90’s, according to the current 10-day forecast.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Hangin’ on for the ride

Hangin’ on for the ride

 

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Wed
05
Jul
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Favorite Food Show honors earned

The 2017 Clay County 4-H Favorite Food Show, held Thursday, June 29, had 13 4-H members from the county take part in the event. The show featured each youth creating a meal theme and plan, as well as a created place setting according to the theme. Participants then made one of the food items on their menu. Participants are interviewed by the judge on meal planning, cost, nutrition and correct table setting and etiquette. Pictured, in front, from the left is Katelyn Pohlmeier (purple), Abby Ochsner (blue), Braden Griess (clover kid ribbon), Briley Griess (clover kid ribbon) and Travis Moore (clover kid ribbon). In the second row, from the left is Emily Brhel (purple-Jr. Division reserve champion), Rachel Brhel (purple-Jr. Division champion), Laurel Moore (blue), Shae Eggers (blue) and Nathan Griess (blue). In the back row, from the left is Jenna Kempf (blue), Tanna Eggers (purple-Sr. Division champion) and Lily Griess (purple).

 

Wed
28
Jun
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Fair season is upon us

By Brandy VanDeWalle

REMINDERS FOR FARMERS

For those you receive the electronic Farm Service newsletter, the information below is just a reminder to:

• CERTIFY YOUR PLANTED ACRES: If you do not have a certification appointment, call and get it scheduled. The deadline to complete 2017 acreage reporting is July 17.

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Wed
21
Jun
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Little Blue NRD imposes temporary drilling stay

The Board of Directors of the Little Blue Natural Resources District took action at their June 15 meeting, voting 9-8, to impose an immediate temporary stay on well drilling of new high-capacity water wells throughout the district.

High capacity water wells are those which pump over 50 gallons per minute.

 

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