Stalk-worn sensor to measure crops’ water use
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wearable technology will soon move from wrist to stalk, swapping measures of blood flow and respiration for sap flow and transpiration. Their design won’t have anyone confusing growing season with fashion season, but the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s James Schnable and Iowa State University colleagues are developing a Fitbit-like sensor to be worn by corn and other thick-stemmed crops.
Laila Puntel joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture July 1 as an assistant professor in soil fertility and a precision ag specialist. Puntel has a research, extension and teaching appointment.
The Applied Plant Systems undergraduate summer research extension program poster session will be held Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Keim Hall student commons where APS students will discuss and share what they learned and experienced participating in the program. The session is free and open to the public.
Adam Striegel, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln Doctor of Plant Health student and an agronomy master's student specializing in weed science, received a North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award at the 2019 NACTA Conference at the College of Southern Idaho. The award is in recognition of his commitment, excellence and scholarship in college teaching in agricultural disciplines.
Palmer amaranth, a member of the pigweed (Amaranthaceae) family, is one of the most troublesome weeds in corn and soybean production fields in Nebraska. Of particular concern is Palmer amaranth resistant to glyphosate in southcentral and west central Nebraska. To share research information on this topic, a Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day was held July 10 near Carleton, Nebraska.
The first of three University of Nebraska Viticulture Program tailgates was held July 2 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. Attendees were given a first look at the new high tunnel table grape project followed by visits to the ongoing wine grape research vineyard which boasts over 30 cultivars and breeder selections being tested.
R Street renovation features bike lanes, parking adjustments
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
A roadway renovation along R Street between 12th and 16th streets will introduce dedicated bike lanes, enhanced aesthetics and improved pedestrian safety to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s main drag. The university’s initial design for the project grew from a class project completed by Ann Powers, a research technician with agronomy and horticulture and former landscape services employee.
Beginning and experienced graziers, land managers, policy makers, and those concerned with the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands are encouraged to register for the 19th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference Aug. 12-14 at the Ramada by Wyndham, 301 2nd Ave., Kearney. The conference is hosted by the Center for Grassland Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
A full-day Flame Weeding Workshop will be held Aug. 19 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead. University teams led by Stevan Knezevic, professor of agronomy and horticulture, and George Gogos, professor of mechanical and material engineering, will present data from seven years of research that resulted in 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts and the development of new flaming equipment.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln weed management research was featured and demonstrated at Nebraska Extension’s 2019 Weed Management Field Day on June 26 at the university's South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) near Clay Center. Amit Jhala, associate professor and extension weed management specialist organized and led the tour.