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Extension Update by Gary Zoubeck [November 19, 2015]

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Coming Events

Nov. 17, 1:00 p.m., Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meeting, Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Avenue, York, NE 68467, Call 402-362-5508 to register.

Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m., Post-Harvest Grain Marketing Workshop, Hastings, Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave., Call 402-461-7209 to register.

Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., York Corn Grower Banquet, Chances R, York, NE. Obtain tickets from Corn Grower Board of Directors or Extension Office 402-362-5508

Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m., Post-Harvest Grain Marketing Workshop, Davenport, Little Blue Natural Resources District, 106 N. Juniper Ave..  Call 402-762-3644

Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m., Post-Harvest Grain Marketing Workshop, Pinnacle Bank, 310 E. 23rd St., Allan Vyhnalek, 402-563-4901

Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., Field to Market Workshop, Extension Office, 1340 G Street, Geneva, NE Field to Market.

Corn Grower Banquet Planned

The York County Corn Growers Annual Banquet planned for this Thursday November 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Chances R.  Tickets are very reasonable and need to be purchased at the Extension Office by this Tuesday.  Call 402-362-5508 to reserve your ticket.  They have a great LEAD travel seminar presentation for you.

Post-Harvest Grain Marketing Workshops

I mentioned it before, but NE Extension is offering 10 Post-Harvest Grain Marketing workshops across Nebraska in November and December to assist grain farmers in creating a written post-harvest marketing plan that is right for them.

Nebraska Extension Educators will present location and commodity specific marketing information. Topics include developing a written marketing plan, and understanding basis and carrying charges. The workshops feature the Marketing in a New Era simulator and Decide NOW grain marketing smartphone App.  Register by visiting http://go.unl.edu/marketingworkshops or calling the number provided below for the desired location. Each workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Workshops are limited to 40 participants each. Workshops are funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Corn Board, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, USDA-NIFA and Nebraska Extension Innovation Funding.  Check out my list of coming events for the three locations in our area.

Field Assessments To Improve Efficiency Workshops   

Last week I mentioned that NE Extension will be hosting a series of meetings to help area farmers use a new web based tool called the Fieldprint® Calculator. Calculating “Fieldprints” can help growers to I establish benchmark data on a field and track improvements overtime, set energy saving and efficiency goals and compare performance against local, state and national benchmarks.

The Fieldprint Calculator is easy to use, though the technology behind it is complex.  The new field assessment initiative led by Nebraska Extension is a hands-on workshop and participating growers will take home documentation on eight sustainability and efficiency indicators. These measures are Land Use, Conservation, Soil Carbon, Irrigation Water Use, Water Quality, Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Quality.  Participants will select a representative crop field and complete a data input sheet in advance of the Fieldprint® Calculator workshops. Meals and workshop materials are sponsored thanks to a University of Nebraska Extension Innovation grant.

Computer laptops will be provided to participants or you can bring your own.  The workshop instructors include a core team of University of Nebraska Extension Educators, Specialists and local facilitating Extension Educators.

For information about all the Field to Market locations or workshops scheduled.

Below are a few of the nearby sites, please preregister by Dec. 3.

Lincoln

Monday, December 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

UNL Extension Office in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrycreek Road

Contact: Tyler Williams, (402) 441-7180 or tyler.williams@unl.edu

Geneva

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 – 9 p.m. UNL Extension Office in Fillmore County, 1340 G St.

Contact: Brandy VanDeWalle, (402) 759-3712 or brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu

Clay Center

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

UNL Extension Office in Clay County, 111 West Fairfield Contact: Jennifer Rees, (402) 762-3644 or jenny.rees@unl.edu

Central City

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

UNL Extension Office in Merrick County, 1510 18th St.

Contact: Troy Ingram, (308) 946-3843 or troy.ingram@unl.edu

Mead

Friday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

UNL Extension Office in Saunders County, 1071 County Road G

Contact: Keith Glewen, (402) 624-8030 or kglewen1@unl.edu

The 2015 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo

The annual Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo will be held Dec. 17 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:15 p.m., in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.

The expo opens with coffee, doughnuts and the opportunity to view equipment and exhibitor booths. Speakers start at 9 a.m.

Presenters include UNL researchers and specialists, Nebraska Soybean Board representatives, soybean growers and private industry representatives.

•David Kohl, professor emeritus agricultural economics, Virginia Tech University will present on “Megatrends in Agriculture and Global Economics, How it Impacts Nebraska Farmers.”

•Tina Barrett, executive director, Nebraska Farm Business Association will discuss “Nebraska’s Farm Financial Outlook.”

•John Frihauf, field biologist Sr., BASF, will present on “Management of Herbicide Resistant Weeds:  Combatting Waterhemp, Palmer Amaranth, and Marestail”

•Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension educator, will present information on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network in “Discovering Production Answers On Your Farm, What Could be New in Your Tool  Box?”

The Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization requests that each participant donate one or more cans of nonperishable food to the food pantry.

Complimentary noon lunch will be served.

The program is free and registration will be at the door. For more information about the program or exhibitor information, call (800) 529-8030 or e-mail kglewen1@unl.edu.

This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Soybean Board, Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry.

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