Baenziger awarded $650,000 for hybrid wheat research Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Wheat. Courtesy photo | P. Stephen Baenziger
P. Stephen Baenziger, professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, has received $650,000 for a project that has the potential to improve wheat productivity through the development of hybrid wheat varieties.

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Jhala receives NET grant to study atrazine alternatives Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Amit Jhala

Amit Jhala, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Extension weed management specialist, has received a three-year grant from The Nebraska Environmental Trust for a project titled "Detecting Atrazine Dissipation and Evaluating Herbicide Programs without Atrazine for Weed Control in Corn and their Environmental Impact Quotient: Research and Extension."

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Anderson retires after nearly 30 years of Hay and Forage Minute Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor of agronomy and horticulture and Extension forage specialist, was honored for 40 years of service to the university.
Bruce Anderson has been making hay with the Hay and Forage Minute radio program, which airs on stations across Nebraska, since February 1991. Over nearly 30 years, Anderson, a Nebraska Extension forage specialist, has written and recorded more than 3,000 radio shows on warm-season grasses, forage quality for hay and pasture systems, and forage-livestock systems.

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Das works with Maharjan on soil health research Thursday, June 11, 2020
Saurav Das

Bijesh Maharjan, agronomy and horticulture assistant professor and soil nutrient and management specialist, has been building his soil research and Extension program for several years at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Now, Maharjan’s program has grown with the addition of Saurav Das, post-doctoral research associate in soil health.

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Soil Health Gap establishes benchmark for soil health management Thursday, June 11, 2020
Bijesh Maharjan stands in front of a pasture north of Scottsbluff consisting of native soil and plant communities. His concept would define Soil Health Gap as the difference between soil health in an undisturbed native virgin soil and soil health in a given agroecosystem, such as a tilled field. David Ostdiek  | Communications Specialist Panhandle REC

Soil health advocates say interest is growing in nurturing the health of the vital natural resource. But there’s no standard way to measure soil health or predict its potential for improvement.

Now, a soil scientist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is proposing a name and a concept that could help establish the parameters for measuring baseline soil health and its potential for improvement.

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Planting innovation: Schnable Lab maintains research momentum Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Corn planting
James Schnable, Charles O. Gardner Professor of Agronomy, along with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in his lab, returned to campus last month to plant hundreds of corn and sorghum varieties in fields on East Campus and the university's Havelock Farm. Lab members began planting corn on May 6 and will finish their last sorghum field on June 8.

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Nebraska perfect place for Schachtman’s research Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Daniel Schachtman
Daniel Schachtman has been named a George Holmes Professor of agronomy and horticulture by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. The professorship recognizes faculty members who have shown an extraordinary level of scholarly or creative achievement and clear potential for continuing accomplishments.

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Nebraska youth: Apply now for summer 2020 paid remote researcher program Friday, May 29, 2020
Nebraska Remote Researchers

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Paper focuses on investing wisely in sustainable intensification research Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Patricio Grassini and Ken Cassman
In a paper recently published in Nature Sustainability, Patricio Grassini and Ken Cassman propose a four-pronged prioritization framework for funders to use as they distribute research dollars to agricultural scientists pursuing the goal of sustainable intensification.

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Flower Power Friday, May 22, 2020
Horticulture Club advisers Stacy Adams (left) and Terri James distribute free flats of plants to Nebraskans May 21 on University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. Craig Chandler | University Communication
The power of spring blooms drew Nebraskans by the carloads to the Horticulture Club's Mental Health Plant Distribution event, held May 21 on East Campus.

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