Area farmers, students learn about cutting edge ag technologyArea growers and ag students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln got a briefing Wednesday about how growers can outfit and implement high-tech sensors into their farming operations. The Project SENSE presentation was conducted at the farm of Ken Seim near Chapman. During the first part of Wednesday’s presentation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy graduate students John Parrish and Joel Crowther talked with farmers about the accomplishments and challenges with the project. Full story at The Grand Island Independent · READ MORE AGRONOMY AND HORTICULTURE STORIES
One tough bird: Greater prairie-chickens pay turbine fields no mindA new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers shows that at least one grassland bird — the endangered greater prairie-chicken — pays little attention to small-scale wind energy infrastructure in choosing nesting sites. Over two years, Jocelyn Onley Harrison and her colleagues, Mary Bomberger Brown, Larkin Powell and Jennifer Smith, all of SNR, and Walter Schacht, of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, captured 78 female prairie-chickens at breeding sites and fitted them with transmitters to track them to their nests. Full story at Nebraska Today · READ MORE AGRONOMY AND HORTICULTURE STORIES
Nebraska program takes unique approach to plant healthAs more focus is placed on the agricultural industry to produce more food with less resources, plant health is taking center stage. While basic research in soil health, plant breeding and pest management is more critical than ever, there is a growing demand worldwide for leaders who can comprehensively address plant health issues. A unique professional program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is training leaders with multidisciplinary expertise to optimize plant health. Full story at IANR News · READ MORE AGRONOMY AND HORTICULTURE STORIES
University leads research into heat-tolerant cropsHarkamal 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 nighttime temperatures on wheat and rice. Walia’s team will investigate genes and genetic variants in wheat and rice to identify genetic markers and physiological characteristics tied to heat tolerance. Full story at Nebraska Today · READ MORE AGRONOMY AND HORTICULTURE STORIES
Grow your story in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Undergraduate programs in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Biology, and Turfgrass & Landscape Management provide hands-on learning in research labs and out in the field, preparing you for a future where you can influence the world in powerful ways. We offer master’s and doctorate in Agronomy and Horticulture with specializations. Here you will get personal attention at a Big Ten university and learn from faculty who work to feed and enrich the lives of a growing global population.
Backyard Farmer is taking the program on the road to the Nebraska State Fair
Backyard Farmer, featuring faculty members from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, is celebrating its 65th season and airs live, Thursdays on NET1 at 7 p.m. CDT from April through September and repeats on NET1 Saturdays at 10 a.m. CT and on NET World Sundays at 3 p.m. CT and Mondays at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Backyard Farmer is taking the program on the road to the Nebraska State Fair to help you find solutions to all of your lawn and garden needs. Come get your questions answered and be in the audience Aug. 30 for the taping of Backyard Farmer, which will air Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. CT on NET.
Vist the Backyard Farmer website for more information.