Barnes awarded Chancellor’s Fellowship Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Ethann Barnes
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.

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Use of agricultural drones on rise as farms seek ways to improve production and crop quality Friday, April 7, 2017
Richard Ferguson
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.

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Agronomy and Horticulture awards banquet honors students, faculty, staff Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Martin Massengale Kelsey Foster
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.

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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.

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Steering Towards Grazing Fields Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Cattle in field Photo credit Mary Drewnoski.
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.

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Schachtman named ASPB Fellow Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Daniel Schachtman
Daniel Schachtman, University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor of agronomy and horticulture and director of the Center for Biotechnology, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists. ASPB announced the recipients of its 2017 awards on March 28. The awards honor excellence in research, education, outreach and service.

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Hussain to speak at Kansas State Plant Breeding and Genetics 2017 Symposium Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Waseem Hussain
Waseem Hussain, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral student, is an invited speaker at the Kansas State Plant Breeding and Genetics 2017 Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 5. He has also been awarded the K-State PBG 2017 Symposium Travel Grant. Hussain works with Stephen Baenzinger, agronomy professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair.

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Rakkar recipient of graduate student travel fund Friday, March 24, 2017
Manbir Rakkar
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Committee has chosen Manbir Rakkar, an agronomy graduate student specializing in soil and water sciences, as the recipient of the 2017 Daniel T. Walters Graduate Student Travel Fund. This award provides up to $500 for expenses to present research at a professional meeting.

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Junior faculty earn awards for excellence in research Thursday, March 23, 2017
Junior faculty Schnable and Twidwell earn awards for excellence in research
The Agricultural Research Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln presented awards to three assistant professors on March 22, in recognition of excellence in research. This included Department of Agronomy and Horticulture assistant professors James Schnable and Dirac Twidwell.

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Nebraska part of national research initiative to improve cover crops Thursday, March 23, 2017
Cover crop
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is part of a $6.6 million research initiative to promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops across the United States. The initiative was launched March 22 by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, which is the lead institution.

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