Agronomy and Horticulture - Fall 2014 Seminar Series

September 19

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Chicory — A new crop for Nebraska: Trials and tribulations of developing alternate crops
ROBERT WILSONProfessor & Extension Weed Specialist, Panhandle Research & Extension Center, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

In 1995 Dr. Robert Wilson began exploring the possibilities of showing farmers how to successfully grow industrial chicory. This seminar will give the background and what has been accomplished with chicory in the past 20 years.

September 26

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Evolution of the corn seed industry
TOM HOEGEMEYER – 
Professor of Practice, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

Dr. Tom Hoegemeyer will discuss the history, major milestones in the development of maize hybrids, and the corn seed industry including scientific discoveries, development of theory and practice, mechanization, computerization and improvements to seed and agronomic technology.

October 3
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The new structure of ConAgra popcorn breeding program at UNL: From traditional breeding to new technolgies
OSCAR RODRIGUEZ –
Research Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

The objective of this presentation will be to analyze and highlight the advances accomplished by ConAgra with respect to popcorn yield and volume expansion and describe the future of the breeding program with the inclusion of advanced technologies in the field of biotechnology and food sciences.

October 10

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Synteny as a marker for function across the grasses
JAMES SCHNABLE –
Assistant Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

This presentation will highlight advances in the study of grass genomes.

October 17

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Advances in field scale soil water monitoring using cosmic-ray neutron probes
TRENTON FRANZ –
Assistant Professor of Hydrogeophysics, School of Natural Resources, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow

Dr. Franz will present an overview of the new proximal sensing method for measuring soil water and the representativity of point sensors to larger areas.

October 24 

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Connecting with extension to enhance the land grant mission
JENNY REES –
UNL Associate Extension Educator, Southeast Research & Extension Center

Jenny Rees will share opportunities to connect with Extension Educators to enhance student experiences, dissemination of research results, and sharing of clientele needs to drive research projects.

October 31 

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Haney and PLFA tests and soil health
RAYMOND WARD –
Ward Laboratories Inc., Kearney, Neb.

Dr. Ward will discuss the benefits and problems with these new tests for making fertilizer recommendations and to test for living microbes in soil both of which have the goal of measuring soil health to refine fertilizer and pesticide applications each year.

November 7

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Managing Sandhills rangeland for prairie grouse habitat
WALTER SCHACHT –
Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

Dr. Schacht will summarize research on the dynamics of prairie chicken habitat in the Sandhills and outline best management practices to promote the success of this native year-round resident of the Nebraska Sandhills.

November 14

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Learning big science - Problem solving in the palm of your hand: The Journey of a Gene App
DONALD LEE –
Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture
GRACE TROUPE – Graduate Research Assistant, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

As learners continue to change, so does the way we teach! Join us to learn about effect teaching methods that we’ve been trying in the department to help teach big science by incorporating the use of new technologies.

November 21

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A molecular genetic approach to understanding iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) in plants
BRIAN WATERS –
Assistant Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC) limits plant growth on alkaline soils. Research will be described on cultivars with resistance to IDC which provides a genetic entry point to study molecular genetic differences between resistant and susceptible lines.

December 5

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Recent advancements in switchgrass for bioenergy
ROBERT MITCHELL –
USDA Research Agronomist, Adjunct Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

Dr. Mitchell will provide updates on the bioenergy research conducted by USDA-ARS in Lincoln, discuss recent developments in the multi-location NIFA-CAP grant, and address potential pathways to commercialization.

December 12

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Soybean genetic improvement — Retrospect and prospect: What we know now  — What we want to know next
JAMES SPECHT –
Emeritus Professor, UNL Agronomy & Horticulture

Dr. Specht will summarize how breeders doubled the annual rate of genetic yield gain in the past 40 years, using simple empirical selection procedures and how the advent of molecular genetics and genomic-based selection tools can be used to increase the annual rate of genetic yield gain in the future.