Powers cultivates sense of community at Backyard Farmer Garden
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
It’s a clear, bright morning on Nebraska’s East Campus, and the Backyard Farmer Garden is already buzzing with activity. Ann Powers can’t help but smile when she looks over the community space. She took over as primary caretaker of the garden in May, and the gig has quickly became a labor of love.
Grower, researcher say Nebraska needs to step slowly into hemp market
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Midwest Hop Producers was one of 10 growers to be randomly selected to participate in the first year of the state's Hemp Cultivation/Processing Research Program, established by a bill (LB657) passed by the Nebraska Legislature and signed into law this spring by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Ellen Paparozzi, a professor of agronomy and horticulture, was named a Pi Alpha Xi Fellow July 24 at the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in Las Vegas. The Fellows Award is the highest honor Pi Alpha Xi bestows on its members in recognition of dedicated service and distinguished leadership to horticulture, students, colleagues in the academy and the public. Paparozzi is the 23rd Fellow to be selected in the 31 years of the award.
Stalk-worn sensor to measure crops’ water use
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wearable technology will soon move from wrist to stalk, swapping measures of blood flow and respiration for sap flow and transpiration. Their design won’t have anyone confusing growing season with fashion season, but the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s James Schnable and Iowa State University colleagues are developing a Fitbit-like sensor to be worn by corn and other thick-stemmed crops.
Laila Puntel joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture July 1 as an assistant professor in soil fertility and a precision ag specialist. Puntel has a research, extension and teaching appointment.
The Applied Plant Systems undergraduate summer research extension program poster session will be held Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Keim Hall student commons where APS students will discuss and share what they learned and experienced participating in the program. The session is free and open to the public.
Adam Striegel, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln Doctor of Plant Health student and an agronomy master's student specializing in weed science, received a North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award at the 2019 NACTA Conference at the College of Southern Idaho. The award is in recognition of his commitment, excellence and scholarship in college teaching in agricultural disciplines.
Palmer amaranth, a member of the pigweed (Amaranthaceae) family, is one of the most troublesome weeds in corn and soybean production fields in Nebraska. Of particular concern is Palmer amaranth resistant to glyphosate in southcentral and west central Nebraska. To share research information on this topic, a Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day was held July 10 near Carleton, Nebraska.
The first of three University of Nebraska Viticulture Program tailgates was held July 2 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. Attendees were given a first look at the new high tunnel table grape project followed by visits to the ongoing wine grape research vineyard which boasts over 30 cultivars and breeder selections being tested.
R Street renovation features bike lanes, parking adjustments
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
A roadway renovation along R Street between 12th and 16th streets will introduce dedicated bike lanes, enhanced aesthetics and improved pedestrian safety to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s main drag. The university’s initial design for the project grew from a class project completed by Ann Powers, a research technician with agronomy and horticulture and former landscape services employee.