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Extension Update by Gary Zoubeck [December 10, 2015]


Coming Events

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

Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., Field to Market Workshop, Extension Office, 111 West Fairfield, Clay Center,

Jan. 8, 8:30 a.m., Crop Production Clinic, Holthus Convention Center, York.  Registration at: http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc.

Jan. 13-14, York Ag Expo, Holthus Convention Center, York http://yorkagexpo.com/

FSA Update

Leann from the FSA shared the following and wanted me to share it in my column, so here follows:

Have you visited with you accountant lately? If you are going to want a grain loan before the end of the year, requests MUST be started no later than December 15th to ensure you will have the loan proceeds by the end of the year. The county office needs time to process the loan, do lien searches, etc. Please plan accordingly.

Marketing Assistance Loans provide producers interim financing after harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows. Loans can be made on grain stored on the farm or in the elevator. The rate of the loan is determined by where the grain collateral is stored. York County Loan Rates are: Corn $2.02/bu; Grain Sorghum $3.34/cwt; Soybeans 4.89/bu; and Wheat $3.08/bu.

The interest rate for loans disbursed in December is 1.375%. Call the office ASAP at 402.362.5700 extension 2 to begin the process.

Nebraska Soybean Day & 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.

Crop Production Clinics Planned

I’d like to share a little information about the upcoming Crop Production Clinic planned for January 8th here in York County.  It will be at the Holthus Convention Center.  Today, I’ll share one half of the program, the soil, water & crop management topics and next week I’ll share the pest management & pesticide safety sessions.

8:45 Welcome

9:00 Agribusiness Management and Marketing

• Calculating the Safety in the Farm Income Safety Net

• Trends in Nebraska Cropland Markets and Rental Considerations for 2016

10:00 Crop Production   

• What Does it Take to Produce 80 bu/ac Soybean Routinely?

• Cover Crop Truths: Ignoring Fiction and “Rural” Legends

11:00 Water Management

• Climate Resilient Irrigation Systems

• Nebraska’s Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Program

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Crop Production

• Discovering Answers! Nebraska On-Farm Research Network

• CornSoy Water

• Climate Information and Decision-Making

1:45 Agribusiness Management and Marketing 

• Integrating Agronomy and Economics for a Lean, Green Money Making Machine

2:45 Soil Fertility 

• Residue Harvest Effects on Irrigated, No-Till Corn Yield and Nitrogen Response

• Where Do Foliar Micronutrient Applications Fit in Corn Production?

• Cover Crops: What Do We Know?

• Potential Uses of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Nebraska Crop Production Systems

For more information or to register: http://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc.  Producers, if you’d like to get your pesticide safety training at the same time, you can by attending the appropriate sessions.

York PSEP dates 

As I mentioned last week, I set the Pesticide Safety Education Program dates for the coming year.  Sessions I will have in York are set for:

Date Time Location

February 17, 2016 — 9:00 a.m. 4-H Building, York, 2400 Nebraska Av.

February 23, 2016 — 6:30 p.m. 4-H Building, York, 2400 Nebraska Av.

March 4, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. 4-H Building, York, 2400 Nebraska Av.

I will be sending letters in mid-December to producers that need certification the coming year.  Dates, times and locations for session in other counties can be found at: http://pested.unl.edu/.  I also hope to be able to share dates for the Chemigation Training sessions planned for the area soon.



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