Project aims to boost global wheat yields Monday, December 19, 2016
Stephen Baenziger
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team has earned a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop higher-yielding lines of hybrid wheat that can meet rising demand for the staple food crop. Nebraska's Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Wheat Growers presidential chair, will lead the project in conjunction with colleagues from Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.

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Nebraska Extension to host crop production clinics in January Thursday, December 15, 2016
Corn and soybean field

University of Nebraska-Lincoln crop production and pest management specialists have scheduled a series of crop production clinics across the state in January to provide the latest research-based information and recommendations for 2017. Topics will include soil fertility; soil water and irrigation; insect, disease and weed management; cropping systems; and agribusiness management and marketing.

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Swedish Academy of Sciences honors Cassman Thursday, December 15, 2016
Ken Cassman

The Swedish Academy of Sciences has named University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomist Kenneth Cassman the recipient of the 2017 Bertebos Prize for promoting education and research in the food chain. The Bertebos Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and is sometimes referred to by scientists as Sweden’s “Nobel Prize in Agriculture.”

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Duffy chosen for Western Nursery and Landscape Association Student Advisory Committee Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Nathan Duffy
University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major Nathan Duffy has been selected for the Western Nursery and Landscape Association’s Student Advisory Committee. Duffy is one of ten top horticulture students in the Midwest to be invited to join the committee.

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Study: Maximizing grain yields won't meet future African needs Tuesday, December 13, 2016
cornfield in Ghana exhibits signs of water stress, courtesy Marloes van Loon
Maximizing cereal crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region’s skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln including researchers Kenneth Cassman and Patricio Grassini, Wageningen University and multiple African institutions.

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New Nebraska Crop Management Conference Offers In-Depth Sessions Thursday, December 8, 2016
Nebraska Crop Management Conference

Nebraska Extension has a new offering in its winter line-up of programs for farmers and agribusiness seeking research updates and recommendations for Nebraska crop production. The Nebraska Crop Management Conference will be held Jan. 19-20 at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Rd., in Kearney.

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Urrea receives Omtvedt Innovation Award Thursday, December 8, 2016
Ron Yoder presents an Omtvedt Innovation Award to Carlos Urrea
Carlos Urrea, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture was awarded the Omtvedt Innovation Award at the Nebraska East Union on Dec. 1. He is a dry bean breeding specialist located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

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Annual poinsettia sales are Dec. 8-9 Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Horticulture Club poinsettias
The UNL Horticulture Club's annual poinsettia sale is Dec. 8 in the Nebraska Union and Dec. 9 in the East Union. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The student group will sell multiple sizes and varieties of the holiday plant. Horticulture Club students grow the poinsettias in greenhouses on East Campus.

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Foster and Wacker awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Kelsey Foster and Paige Wacker, University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture and agronomy majors respectively, were awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships at the WSA Banquet in Kansas City on Nov. 7. The WSA scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and an interest in the seed industry.

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USDA Borlaug Fellows begin Nebraska stay Tuesday, December 6, 2016
USDA Borlaug Fellows
United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service Borlaug Fellows, Keziah Ndungu, of Kenya, and Prudence Lugendo, of Tanzania, arrived in September to begin their fellowship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Their mentors are Professor Charles Wortmann, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and Tsegaye Tadesse, research associate professor and climatologist in the School of Natural Resources with the National Drought Mitigation Center, respectively.

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