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Extension Update by Gary Zoubeck [February 11, 2016]

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Coming Events

Feb. 9, Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Update, College Park, Grand Island, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 12, Wilber Crop Clinic, Sokol Hall Wilber, 8:00 a.m.

Feb. 12, Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Update, ARDC near Mead, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 17, Private Pesticide Training, 9:00 a.m., Fairgrounds, York

Feb. 22, SE Nebraska Soil Health and No-Till Conference, Hallam Community Center, 8:00 a.m.

Feb. 23, Private Pesticide Training, 6:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, York

Feb. 23-24, Central Plains Irrigation Conference, Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE http://centralplainsirrigationassociation.org/Conference_Brochure.html

March 4, Private Pesticide Training, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, York  

March 11, Chemigation Training, 1:00 p.m., 4-H Building York

Nebraska On-Farm Research Updates Planned

I mentioned it the last couple of weeks, but wanted to mention it again.  One of the best meetings I participate in each hear is our annual Nebraska On-Farm Research Updates  We’ve got sessions this week in Grand Island on Tuesday and at the ARDC on Friday.  Variable rate seeding, seed treatments, cover crops, and fungicide applications are among the research topics growers will share results from the research they conducted in 2015 in replicated comparisons.  Their research is in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty and sponsored by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, and the Nebraska Soybean Board.

Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment)  also will be discussed.  This is a special three-year research initiative focusing on using crop canopy sensors to direct variable-rate, in-season nitrogen application to improve the efficiency of nitrogen fertilization in corn.

These update are free, but preregistration is requested for meal planning purposes. Call (402) 624-8000 or e-mail onfarm@unl.edu to register for any site.  Certified Crop Advisor Credits are applied for and pending upon approval. 

Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Chemigation Training

My first private pesticide applicator sessions of the year will be held next week.  I’ve got my sessions listed in my coming events.  For a complete list of all training sessions go to: http://pested.unl.edu/. Other chemigation dates can be found at: http://water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation.

Wilber Crop Clinic Planned

“Practical, Profitable and Environmentally Sound Solutions for Agriculture” is the theme for the 2016 Wilber Crop Clinic.  It will be held Friday, February 12 at Sokol Hall in Wilber. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the program to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Speakers from Nebraska Extension and private industry will cover cutting edge agronomic and management topics.  They include:

9:00 a.m. Latest On-Farm Research with Cover Crops – Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator

9:30 a.m. Climate Outlook for 2016 – Al Dutcher, UNL Associate State Climatologist

10:00 a.m. Farm Policy Update – Brad Lubben, UNL Extension Ag Economist

10:45 a.m. Are You “N” With Our Recommendations – Richard Ferguson, UNL Extension Soils Specialist

11:15 a.m. Soybean Cyst Nematodes May be Robbing You – John Wilson, Extension Educator

12:00 Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. $7 Corn’s Gone – Now What? – Larry Kopsa, York CPA

1:40 p.m. Palmer Amaranth and other Weed Issue Headed Our Way – Lowell Sandell, former UNL Weeds Science Educator

2:15 p.m. Door Prizes

Randy’s got some great sessions planned!

Central Plains Irrigation Conference

The Central Plains Irrigation Conference will be held February 23-24 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.  This conference rotates between Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado each year and has the latest irrigation research updates each year.  Topics include: testing water meters, crop water management based on canopy temperature, variable rate frequency drives, longevity of SDI, new sprinkler options, impact of tillage practices on ET and crop productivity, soil water sensor technology evaluation, irrigation strategies for limited water, economics and water productivity for corn affected by irrigation and nitrogen, automated irrigation water use data base, cover crop ET and crop coefficients and impact on water balance, drought tolerant corn response to water in Nebraska, perspectives on VRI prescription map development, challenges and opportunities for site-specific irrigation management, and many more.  For more information or to register and or view the full program go to:  http://centralplainsirrigationassociation.org/Conference_Brochure.html.

SE Nebraska Soil Health and No-Till Conference Planned

I just received a flier from Randy Pryor, Extension Educator about this February 22nd Conference South of Lincoln in Hallam.  They got a great program planned.  To help with meal planning please call 402-821-2151 by Feb. 16th to reserve your spot.

Topic include:

8:35 a.m. Climate Tools/Climate Resiliency – Tyler Williams, UNL Extension Educator 

9:00 a.m. Systems Approach to No-Till Farming, Paul Jasa, UNL Extension Engineer

10:00 a.m. Carbonomics – Keith Burns, Farmer and President of Green Cover Seeds

10:45 a.m. Managing Ephemeral Erosion in No-Till Systems, Dan Gillespie, No-Till Specialist, NRCS

11:10 a.m. Integrating Cover Crops and Livestock with No-Till, Josh Lloyd, No-Till Farmer, Oak Hill, KS

Noon – Meal Provided

1:00 p.m. Soil Health: Capturing the Full Potential of No-Till, Jerry Hatfield, USDA Soil Scientist

1:55 p.m. Cover Crop Research Update, Paul Jasa

2:50 p.m. Speaker Panel

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