Environmental horticulturist earns grant to study biodegradable mulch
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sam Wortman, assistant professor and environmental horticulturist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned a three-year, $499,718 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to evaluate biodegradable mulch and identify opportunities to speed its degradation in soil.
Viticulture Fall Workshop to focus on herbicide drift
Monday, October 31, 2016
Problems associated with herbicide drift and volatilization and the impact on Nebraska and Midwest vineyards will be the primary focus of the Fall Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Viticulture program and the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, the Fall Workshop will be held at the Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska. Deadline for pre-registration is Thursday, Nov. 3.
Sam Foltz was recently announced as an honorary member of the 2016 Senior CLASS Award list in collegiate football. Foltz, who died in a car accident this July, is the first-ever honorary nominee. He was nominated for his notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
Jhala honored with Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award
Monday, October 31, 2016
Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award from the North Central Weed Science Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by young weed scientist in research and/or extension in the north central.
Rodger Farr, Kolby Grint and Samantha Teten, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy majors and members of the soil judging team, along with 14 other team members from the School of Natural Resources, placed third overall in the 2016 Region V Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 9-14. This qualifies the team to represent the region in the National Soil Judging Competition to be held April 2017 in DeKalb, Illinois.
Using sensors to spoon-feed crops with extreme precision
Friday, October 21, 2016
From NET in Nebraska, Ariana Brocious of Harvest Public Media reports on new technologies farmers are using to reduce contamination from their fields. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Professor Richard Ferguson wants to reduce the chance that excess nitrogen will get into the groundwater. His high-tech approach, called Project SENSE, uses sensor technology to help farmers fertilize during the growing season as timely and precisely as possible.
Roch Gaussoin, head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been appointed to the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Gaussoin will be filling a three-year term for Category G: National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science Societies.
Winners of the fifth annual All-America Selections Landscape Design Contest for Display Gardens was announced Oct. 12. Earning honorable mention for “Best Use of a YouTube Video,” was the Backyard Farmer Garden at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, Jaclyn Nelson, was chosen for the AmericanHort HortScholars program this year. One of six students in the nation, Nelson spent seven days on-site at Cultivate‘16 this summer in Columbus, Ohio. This is the horticulture industry's largest, all-industry event in North America which takes place annually.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty from a wide range of disciples are working together to advance the field of plant genetics, specifically with sorghum. This was evidenced this past summer by interactions among faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students working with Melinda Yerka, agronomy research assistant professor and plant geneticist, to collect data from a field of grain sorghum varieties at the Agricultural Research & Development Center near Mead, Nebraska.