The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team took top honors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference national collegiate competition at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, April 6. The team competed in three of the 13 contests including Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy major, Kristen Albrecht, from Pierce, Nebraska, has been chosen for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America’s National Student Recognition Program. This program recognizes outstanding undergraduate seniors enrolled in agronomic, crop, soil, or environmental science departments within four-year and two-year institutions that have chapters affiliated with the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral student, Parminder Chahal, was awarded an Outstanding Graduate Research and Creative Activities Award Honorable Mention by the Office of Graduate Studies. Chahal received the award at the Graduate Awards Luncheon on Wed., April 5, at the Nebraska City Union.
Susan Thomas, HAPPI Business Center accounting associate and 31-year employee of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was honored with the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association Rose Frolik Award at the UNOPA awards luncheon April 12.
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral candidate, has been invited to speak at the University of California, Davis Plant Science Symposium on April 24 in Davis, California. Kumar KR’s presentation will be “Breeding for epigenetic variation in soybean and Arabidopsis for yield and stress adaptability.”
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture has chosen Ethann Barnes, an agronomy doctoral student specializing in weed science, as the recipient of a Chancellor’s Fellowship. Barnes’ doctoral research will focus on multiple aspects of popcorn production in Nebraska including herbicide sensitivity, weed control, and pollen-mediated gene flow from field corn to popcorn.
Use of agricultural drones on rise as farms seek ways to improve production and crop quality
Friday, April 7, 2017
Richard Ferguson, a professor of soil science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 31 years, said drones have tremendous potential as a tool to improve management for farmers. Ferguson said the most common use of drones for agriculture is looking at crops from a different perspective, which lets growers find pattern areas of irrigation problems or soil variation that aren’t clearly visible from eye level.
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Awards Banquet was held April 4 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. The banquet was an opportunity to honor the achievements of students, faculty and staff, past and present. The evening included a buffet meal, alumni recognition, club and award presentations, prize drawings and a silent auction.
Potato Specialist Alex Pavlista Retiring
Monday, April 3, 2017
Alexander Pavlista’s retirement at the end of March marks the end of 50 years of research, 29 of them at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. A Nebraska Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Pavlista was the university's lead potato expert.
Steering Towards Grazing Fields
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils—if they’re grazed responsibly. The study is unique in its 16-year span. Researchers wanted to know whether grazing cattle on corn stubble left in the field in fall and spring would significantly affect the quality of the soil.