Making A Difference
Impact Summary Reports
- 2012 - Year in Review
- Beef Systems
- Learning Child
- Guardianship/Conservator Training Program
- Crops - Youth Programming
- Agricultural Economics
- Cropping Systems Productivity
- Food, Nutrition & Health
- Agriculture Water Management
- Animal Manure Management
- Water Climate Environment - Community
- Business Ventures and Innovation
- ECAP - Entrepreneurial Communities
- ESI and Beyond
- NACO Institute of Excellence
Home Study Courses Available
- Beef Cow Basics - $60 per course
- Beef Basics I - Nutrition Economics & Forage Utilization
- Beef Basics II - Reproduction, Genetics & Selections
- Beef Basics III - Nutrition, Management & Health of Growing Calves
- Beef Basics IV - Beef As A Business - Financial record keeping & production records.
- Beef Basics V - Nutritional Strategies For The Beef Cow Herd - In-depth look at beef nutrition.
- Beef Basics VI - Optimizing Beef Cattle Production on Rangelands
- Beef Basics VII - Using Corn Co-Products in the Beef Cow Herd (Note: This course in $40).
- Sheep Basics - $40
- A 12 lesson introductory course designed to provide a broad spectrum of sheep information for the new or intermediate sheep producer.
- Soils Home Study Course - $60
- An introductory course designed to meet the needs of agricultural producers, crop consultants, fertilizer dealers and other agribusiness people in making management decisions regarding soil and fertilizer.
- Private Pesticide Applicator Home Study - $60 plus $25 NDA license fee
- This is an alternative to attending the PAT Classes that are scheduled across the region. Pick up the materials, study and take the test for your NDA certificate.
- Nebraska Livestock Waste Regulations Home Study Course - $10
- A four lesson home study course.
- Irrigation Management Home Study Course - $60
- This course will increase your awareness and understanding of irrigation management concepts and principles.
South Central Nebraska Agriculture Programs
- Genetic Selection to Optimize Cow Size
University of Nebraska - Extension and eXtension will offer a webinar entitled: "Genetic Selection to Optimize Cow Size" on Monday, February 28, 2011 beginning at noon CST.
This webinar series presented by Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr. Bob Weaber, University of Missouri, will discuss and quantify genetic relationships between mature size and other production traits. Genetic trends in these traits over the past decade will be explored. The impact of mature size on breeding objectives and input costs will be discussed. Recommended methods to change mature size of beef cattle will be presented. Finally, nutritional requirements of different mature sizes and metrics of efficiency will be compared.
To participate in the Adobe Connect "Genetic Selection to Optimize Cow Size " on February 28 beginning at noon, you will need to have a computer with Internet access and a phone to listen to the presenters.
At the meeting time, simply click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser to enter the meeting:
When you go to that URL you will find yourself at a login page. Simply click on “Click to Enter” under the “Enter as a guest” heading. You will then be prompted for your name. Enter your name and click “Enter” to enter the meeting space. The instructions that detail how to join the integrated phone audio conference will be on the screen when you join the meeting.
Anytime before the meeting you can visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect to the Breeze server:
2012 University of Nebraska - Land Value and Rental Rates
- Table of rates - 2012
- Table of rates - 2011
UNL Crop Production Clinic Videos Now Available!
Be sure to check out the 2010 Crop Production clinics if you missed them this year. They hold valuable information to help crop producers and agribusiness professionals improve their profitability and safety.
Great Links to Check Out
Early in the season stripe rust can appear more as blotches rather than as stripes. With cool wet conditions, scouting is recommended for it and other wheat diseases. More
In western Nebraska a co-op and group of growers committed to field pea production this year with an eye on long-term growth of the crop and related processing. More
May 10, 2013
- Stripe Rust Confirmed in Wheat in Southeast Nebraska. On May 7 stripe rust was confirmed in research plots at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. Weather conditions are currently favorable for rapid development and spread of this disease. Fields should be scouted regularly.
- Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop Smallest Since 1944. Forecast at 42.9 million bushels with an average yield of 33 bu/ac, down eight bushels from 2012.
- Imbibitional Chilling Injury of Corn. What happens when a corn seed imbibes cold water in the first 48 hours after planting.
- Panhandle Growers, Co-op Developing Yellow Field Peas as a New Crop. A western Nebraska co-op signed contracts for approximately 25,000 acres of yellow field pea production, offering growers a new production and processing option.
- Planting for Direct Harvest of Dry Beans — Some Do's and Don'ts. Creating a level surface, planting select varieties, and taking other steps at planting can help you maximize yield with direct harvesting.
- Tips for Pesticide Application and Safety (featuring how-to videos).
- Spraying? UNL Coordinates Statewide Pesticide Container Recycling
Alfalfa & Forage Production
- Scout for Alfalfa and Clover Leaf Weevils in Alfalfa. While cool temperatures delayed initial development, as temperatures warm up expect to find them first in southern Nebraska.
- Assessing Freeze Damage to Alfalfa
- State Again Facing a Water Divide: Consider Advice Accordingly. Recommendations for eastern Nebraska, where soil water is improving, often won't be as viable for western Nebraska and vice-versa.
- Pre-Season Irrigation May be Warranted in Some Alfalfa Fields
- Early Season Soil Moisture Measurements in Central Nebraska. Measurements taken at 18 sites in central Nebraska in early April found soil moisture deficits to be common.
- National Corn Growers Association Offers IRM App. Select your Bt product from a menu and enter your field data for recommendations on creating a refuge for your operation.
- Predicting Groundwater Trading in the Upper Republican NRD. In this Cornhusker Economics article, two UNL researchers examine formal trading and within-pool water transfers using 30 years of data from the URNRD.
- Market Journal: Farm Mangement Expert Analyzes Bottom Line Differences for a drought year when the availability of irrigation water made all the difference.
IANR & Extension Resources
- UNL Wind and Solar Energy Field Day May 18 near Concord
- Just Getting Started in Farming? New Farm Beginnings® Program Offers Training and Support
- 2013 High Plains Cropping School to Focus on Sugarbeets
- New Ag Publications from UNL Extension
Water for Food Conference
The theme of this year's Water for Food Conference, "Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems," drew nearly 500 experts from around the world to discuss how to overcome the urgent challenge of growing more food with less water. Follow the speakers and presentations day by day:
- Ray and Neale Bring Expertise to Robert B. Daughtery Water for Food Institute
- Experts: Transforming Scientific Knowledge into Ag Practices, Policy is Essential
- Climate Change Impacts Already Being Felt Worldwide
- Water for Food Speaker Calls for Action, Sharing Solutions
- See the conference website for further information.
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT).
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.