A total of 165 participants attended the 2017 Nebraska Extension Weed Management and Cover Crops Field Day, June 28 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center, Nebraska. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension weed management specialist, and Roger Elmore, Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist, organized and led the tour.
'Do Your Part for the Environment' presentation Sept. 7
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum are hosting “Do Your Part for the Environment” at noon Sept. 7, in Keim Hall, Room 150. This presentation kicks off the Brown-bag Gatherings “All Things Green” series. Each presentation is at noon on the first Thursday of the month, in Keim Hall, Room 150.
Nebraska leads project identifying causes of yield gaps in U.S. soybean production
Friday, September 1, 2017
A new paper published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology details the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s efforts to identify causes for yield gaps in soybean production systems in the north central region of the United States. The three-year study, led by Patricio Grassini, assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, and Shawn Conley, associate professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin, sought to identify causes of yield gaps over large agricultural areas and diverse in climate and soils.
Inaugural Sustainability Summit is Sept. 6
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The Office of Sustainability invites Husker students to its inaugural Sustainability Summit at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Nebraska Union. The summit is meant to provide a networking opportunity for students interested in environmental issues on campus, inform them about the university’s sustainability goals and educate them about green practices and topics.
'Backyard Farmer' live taping coming to Nebraska City
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Fans enjoyed the live taping of “Backyard Farmer” at the Nebraska State Fair Aug. 30 in Grand Island. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 on NET. Fans are invited to attend one more free, live taping Sept. 11 at Kimmel Orchard in Nebraska City. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 on NET.
Martha Mamo, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture and interim associate department head, has earned the Soil Science Society of America’s 2017 Soil Science Education and Extension Award. The award recognizes the educational achievements and outstanding educational contributions of soil scientists through activities such as resident, extension or industrial education.
Area farmers, students learn about cutting edge ag technology
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Area growers and ag students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln got a briefing Wednesday about how growers can outfit and implement high-tech sensors into their farming operations. The Project SENSE presentation was conducted at the farm of Ken Seim near Chapman. During the first part of Wednesday’s presentation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy graduate students John Parrish and Joel Crowther talked with farmers about the accomplishments and challenges with the project.
One tough bird: Greater prairie-chickens pay turbine fields no mind
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers shows that at least one grassland bird — the endangered greater prairie-chicken — pays little attention to small-scale wind energy infrastructure in choosing nesting sites. Over two years, Jocelyn Onley Harrison and her colleagues, Mary Bomberger Brown, Larkin Powell and Jennifer Smith, all of SNR, and Walter Schacht, of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, captured 78 female prairie-chickens at breeding sites and fitted them with transmitters to track them to their nests.
Nebraska program takes unique approach to plant health
Thursday, August 10, 2017
As more focus is placed on the agricultural industry to produce more food with less resources, plant health is taking center stage. While basic research in soil health, plant breeding and pest management is more critical than ever, there is a growing demand worldwide for leaders who can comprehensively address plant health issues. A unique professional program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is training leaders with multidisciplinary expertise to optimize plant health.
University leads research into heat-tolerant crops
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Harkamal Walia, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the affects of high nighttime temperatures on wheat and rice. Walia’s team will investigate genes and genetic variants in wheat and rice to identify genetic markers and physiological characteristics tied to heat tolerance.