Ecologists show that Nebraska Sandhills can withstand wildfire
Monday, November 20, 2017
After wildfires ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and forest in northwestern Nebraska in 2012, some feared that the national landmark Sandhills ecoregion had been irreparably damaged. A new study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln rangeland ecologists, however, appears to put those fears to rest.
Eight Department of Agronomy and Horticulture graduate students were honored with fellowships and awards by the Agricultural Research Division and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon on Nov. 6. Those honored include Madhav Bhatta, Manbir Kaur Rakkar, Thomas Butts, Nicolas Cafaro la Menza, Elnazsadat Hosseiniaghdam, Nikita Gambhir, Parminder Chahal and Salvador Ramirez.
Filling the intercropping info gap
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management. “Using fertilizers efficiently can help farmers improve profits from their crops,” says Charles Wortmann, an agronomist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “That can help many break out of cycles of poverty and increase food production and food security.”
Leah Sandall, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln distance education coordinator for agronomy and horticulture, has been honored with the 2017 Extension Educational Materials Program Certificate of Excellence from the American Society of Agronomy under the category of posters.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with Plattsmouth, Neb. based, Midwest Hop Producers, LLC to develop a production market for locally sourced hops. A $69,315 grant awarded to the company from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will further their efforts to identify hop cultivars adapted to the Midwest.
Representatives from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agronomy Club attended the undergraduate Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences program at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting Oct 20–24 in Tampa.
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, IANR Global Engagement and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska will host a special seminar, “Can Crop Intensification Help Indonesia Meet Both Food and Environmental Goals?,” Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Room 150, Keim Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
Roger Elmore, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy and horticulture professor, Heuermann Chair and interim associate department head, has been named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow. This is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. Members nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service.
High school or college transfer students interested in horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will have an opportunity to learn more about the major starting at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Explore Horticulture event held on East Campus.