Agronomy and Horticulture - Spring 2016 Seminar Series

January 22

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Important and emerging disease concerns of corn
TAMRA JACKSON-ZIEMS – Associate Professor, Extension Plant Pathologist, UNL Plant Pathology

Dr. Jackson-Ziems is responsible for statewide extension programming and research on established and emerging diseases of corn and sorghum. She is interested in applied research leading to improved disease diagnostics and management strategies to minimize loss of yield and quality.  Her talk will focus on corn diseases in Nebraska which is the third largest corn-producing state in the USA.

January 29
1-5 pm
Arbor Suite
Nebraska East Union

Unmanned aerial systems (drones) in agriculture
This mini-symposium featured four talks from UNL faculty and two talks from external speakers from the UAS industry.  The talks covered a wide range of material from technical aspects of UAS usage to data analysis and applications in agriculture.  The symposium ended with a brief panel discussion. 
1:00 1:30 pm
Bringing aerial robots closer to crops: Sensing, sampling, and safety
CARRICK DETWEILER – Assistant Professor, UNL Computer Science and Engineering
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1:30  2:00 pm
How do I legally use my unmanned aerial systems
WILLIAM KREUSERAssistant Professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
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2:00  2:45 pm
Getting the most from unmanned aerial systems
NATHAN STEINAg Solutions, SenseFly
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2:45  3:00 pm
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3:00  3:10 pm
Unmanned aerial systems to evaluate the timing of winter dormancy in Buffalograss
KEENAN AMUNDSENAssistant Professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
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3:10 3:45 pm
Sensor-based nitrogen management: The role of unmanned aerial systems
RICHARD FERGUSON Professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
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3:45 – 4:30 pm
Building big data solutions for drones in agriculture
JEREMY BAYNESGeospatial Scientist, PrecisionHawk
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4:30 5:00 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION
February 5

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Cover crops and soil ecosystem services
HUMBERTO BLANCO –
Associate Professor, Soil Management and Applied Soil Physics, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture

This presentation will discuss how cover crops impact soil physical quality, soil organic C storage, and other soil ecosystem services under different scenarios of management. It will also highlight ongoing cover crop experiments established to answer some of the unresolved questions through interdisciplinary efforts.
Febuary 12
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Internationalizing the land-grant mission—opportunities and challenges
JOSH DAVIS 
– IANR Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement

Davis will discuss trends in the globalization of higher education, describe specific IANR initiatives already underway, and highlight tools and opportunities for those interested to become more involved.
February 19
1:30 pm

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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agriculture: State of the art
IGNACIO CIAMPITTI
Assistant Professor, Crop Production & Cropping Systems Specialist, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University

Global food security must address the dual challenges of closing yield gaps while improving environmental sustainability. The use of new technologies, such as uses of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), can play a critical role in addressing challenges.  Kansas State University  research on the diverse uses of UAS  for agricultural applications will be discussed.
February 19
3:30 pm

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Social media: A revolution in modern agricultural communication
IGNACIO CIAMPITTI
Assistant Professor, Crop Production & Cropping Systems Specialist, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University

Ciampitti will talk about the use of social media by Department of Agronomy and Cropping Systems group at K-State University  to provide unbiased and science-based Ag information. The information shared via social media quickly reaches the target audience, providing timely educational and outreach contents. The most successful examples have been infographics, timely pictures of production issues, presentations and papers uploaded, and information on the use of new technologies.
Febuary 26

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Buffalograss—native with unique challenges
KEENAN AMUNDSEN
– Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Genetics, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture

Buffalograss, like many specialty crops, has limited publicly available genomic data, complicating genetic-based breeding strategies.  Amundsen will discuss how modern RNA sequencing applications are advancing buffalograss cultivar development.  He will also dispel myths of buffalograss management and discuss advancements in the understanding of seed and winter dormancy mechanisms.
March 4

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Corn residue grazing and baling effects on soil physical properties
TIM SHAVER
Associate Professor, Agronomy and Nutrient Management Specialist, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture,  West Central Research and Extension Center

Corn residue grazing and baling can provide a valuable and cost effective means of feeding cattle and is a common practice Nebraska.  However, there are concerns about the effects of residue removal on corn yields and soil physical properties. The results of a long term study concerning this issue will be presented.
March 11

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Leveraging the power of farmer data to empower agricultural research
PATRICIO GRASSINI
Assistant Professor, Water for Food Institute Fellow, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture

Increased regulatory pressures on the environmental influence of agriculture and requirements for farm reporting on factors affecting environmental impact will likely increase. Grassini will show how on-farm data provide an unprecedented opportunity to benchmark the impact of management practices on yield and efficiencies of water and fertilizer applications and to orient high-cost, multi-year, multi-site field studies.
March 18
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Nebraska On-Farm Research Network: Using data to drive decisions
LAURA THOMPSON Assistant Extension Educator, Southeast Research and Extension Center

Nebraska Extension has been working with farmers to conduct on-farm research for over 26 years.  Farmers participating in the on-farm research network take an active role in the research, addressing questions that impact productivity, profitability, and long-term sustainability.  Thompson will discuss the recent growth of this program, tools the network has developed, results from 2015 research studies, and future directions for the network.
April 1

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Ecosystem services and environmental consequences of lawns and turfgrass management
DOUGLAS SOLDAT
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Turfgrass is the predominant ground cover in urban land uses, covering approximately one-third of developed land in the US. Therefore it is important to understand the environmental consequences and the urban ecosystem services provided. This seminar will summarize the state of the science of turfgrass in the urban environment with respect to ecosystem services, soil quality and management  and socioeconomic concerns of turfgrass management.
April 8
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Freezing damage requires membrane remodeling and photosynthesis requires thylakoid dynamics
REBECCA ROSTON
Assistant Professor, UNL Biochemistry

Out-of-season cold snaps are increasing with changes in weather patterns, and resultant crop and landscape damage can have large economic impacts. Roston will review mechanisms to withstand cold and freezing in plants and recent data on a critical post-translational signals, which control membrane responses to freezing. She will also discuss the relevance of thylakoidal membrane dynamics to efficient plant growth and development.
April 15

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Online education isn’t taxing—We’re here to help
LEAH SANDALL
Assistant Professor of Practice, Distance Education Coordinator, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture

Sandall will provide an overview of the current activities in the online education program in Agronomy and Hort and ways to participate in developing online learning materials.  She will share examples of collaborations between research, teaching and extension faculty to create online learning opportunities for students.
April 22
THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 30, 2016
Coolbeans—The musings of a soybean agronomist
SHAWN CONLEY
Associate Professor, Agronomy and State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cool beans!
April 29

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Improving soybean yield under drought
GEORGE GRAEF – 
Professor, Soybean Breeding and Genetics, UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

In Nebraska, water is the main limiting factor in soybean yield. Soybean yield response to water is linear, and soybean genotypes differ in their water use efficiency as measured by yield per unit water applied. I will discuss options to improve soybean yield response to water and implications for both irrigated and rainfed production systems.