One hundred forty attend Herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day Thursday, July 28, 2016Palmer amaranth, a member of the pigweed (Amaranthaceae) family, is one of the most troublesome weeds in Nebraska corn and soybean fields. Of particular concern is Palmer amaranth resistant to atrazine and HPPD-inhibiting herbicides (Callisto, Laudis, Impact) in south central Nebraska. This is due to its proximity to intense seed corn production, which is primarily reliant on these herbicides for weed control.
Wortman bringing awareness about sustainable food production to LES Sustainable Living Festival Tuesday, July 19, 2016Sam Wortman, the new assistant professor and environmental horticulturist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, will be taking part in this year’s LES Sustainable Living Festival, Aug. 13, at The Railyard, in Lincoln’s West Haymarket. “I believe one approach to improving the sustainability and resiliency of our food system is to increase local and home food production,” Wortman said.
Weed Management Field Day hosts 142 attendees Thursday, July 14, 2016The 2016 Corn and Soybean Weed Management Field Day was held on June 29 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center. Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed management specialist, organized the field day and led the tour. The 142 participants included growers, crop consultants, extension educators, graduate students, industry representatives, and other clientele.
UNL viticulture field day set for July 16 in Arapahoe Friday, July 8, 2016Nebraska-area wine grape growers will have the opportunity to learn about mechanization practices and technologies to benefit their operations at the UNL Mechanization and More viticulture field day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, at Old Cellar Vineyard in Arapahoe, Nebraska.
Thompson joins UNL Agronomy and Horticulture Friday, July 1, 2016Cole Thompson joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture faculty July 1 as the new integrated turfgrass management specialist and assistant professor. Thompson comes to UNL after working for two years as an assistant professor of turfgrass and landscape physiology at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. In this previous position, Thompson had a primary teaching role, but he said he is excited to get back to his extension and research roots.
Grassini recognized by American Society of Agronomy, joins Field to Market council on sustainable agriculture Friday, June 24, 2016Patricio Grassini, UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture assistant professor and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow, has earned the American Society of Agronomy's 2016 Early Career Professional Award. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions in agronomy within seven years of completing his doctorate. The ASA will present the award to Grassini at its annual meeting Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix, Arizona.
UNL experts offer advice on protecting ash trees Wednesday, June 15, 2016Experts from the Nebraska Forest Service, Backyard Farmer and Nebraska Extension are urging homeowners not to prematurely rush into treating their ash trees after the recent discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in an Omaha park. "The recommendation is not to treat trees until it's known that the bug is within 15 miles of you," said Justin Evertson, green infrastructure coordinator with the Nebraska Forest Service.
New UNL East Campus Turf Research Center is site for summer field day Monday, June 13, 2016The new UNL East Campus Turf Research Center in Lincoln will be the site for a turfgrass research field day on Wednesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new turf plots, located on the north side of East Campus, have been under construction for the past two years and are now ready for display.
UNL offers free seminar on hops production Friday, June 10, 2016Those interested in growing hops as a hobby or for profit are encouraged to attend an informational seminar hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture from 4 to 6 p.m. June 30, in 150 Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus. Researchers will be on hand to provide background information on hop growth and development, cultivation and harvesting. There will be a discussion on challenges with production, handling and marketing of the crop specific to Nebraska.
Viticulture Field Day to be held at Smutko Vineyard Thursday, June 9, 2016
The University of Nebraska Viticulture Program is hosting a viticulture field day Saturday, June 11. Held at the Smutko Vineyard, located southeast of Blair, Nebraska, the field day program will feature vineyard management. Topics will include trellis and training systems, crop estimation and adjustment, shoot positioning and thinning, fertilizers, nutrition and tissue testing.