Research: Eastern redcedar may affect School Land Trust
Thursday, August 11, 2016
A new article authored by agronomy and horticulture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates that the expansion of eastern redcedar into grasslands reduces grazing capacity and therefore could reduce funding available for public school education in Nebraska.
The American Floral Endowment has awarded Jaclyn Nelson, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, the Jacob and Rita Van Namen Marketing Scholarship for 2016. Nelson, a senior minoring in agribusiness, is the owner of Marie's Floral in Wallace, Nebraska. She interned last summer at Tessfresh Flowers in San Diego, California and this summer interned at Bachman's in Minnesota as part of the AFE Mosmiller Internship Program.
Twenty-eight UNL students participated in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Weed Contest, July 27–28, and brought home top honors. Ryan Langemeier, an agronomy major, won the undergraduate Herbicide ID category.
Restoring prairie and fighting wildfire with drone-launched fire balls
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Ecologist Dirac Twidwell wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The University of Nebraska professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains. And, with the help of the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab, he has created a small drone that launches ping-pong balls-sized "dragon eggs" of fire to help him do it safely and cheaply.
More than 40 people from Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota attended the UNL Mechanization and More Viticulture Field Day held at Old Cellar Vineyard on July 16 in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Owner Gary Thompson and his staff were the consummate hosts, according to University of Nebraska Viticulture Program Director Paul Read.
Palmer 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.
Sam 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.
The 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.
Nebraska-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.
Cole 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.