Brandy VanDeWalle - Extension Educator

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Figure 1. Five youth crop scouting teams took a written test and completed eight field exercises to compete in the 2017 state contest. Two teams will now advance to the regionals. (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)

Nebraska Crop Scouting Youth Winners to Advance to Regionals August 4, 2017

Five teams of talented youth crop scouts recently vied for the state title. Congratulations to all who tested their skills and good luck to the Colfax County 4-H and Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County who will move on to regionals.

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Colfax County Crop Scout Team, winners in 2016

Form Your Teams & Start Preparing for Youth Crop Scouting Contest May 9, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Youth Crop Scouting Competition to be held this August in eastern Nebraska. The contest is open to FFA and 4-H club members and will help  those interested in crops test their skills and those new to crops better understand crop production.

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Field of soybeans

10 Years of Research Shows Benefit of Reducing Soybean Seeding Rates March 30, 2017

A review of 10 years of soybean research shows that reducing your seeding rate from 150,000 to 120,000 seeds/acre can result in a $10.69/acre savings without affecting yield (assuming a $60/unit seed cost at 140,000 seeds/unit).

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farmer in a field
Concerns about finances may be contributing to significant stress for farmers and their families this spring. Consider these ideas and resources for managing.

When Stressful Times Strain You and Your Family March 16, 2017

Commodity prices have you down? Trying to cut costs without cutting profitability? Putting in long days and late nights? If this describes your situation, you are not alone.

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Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County, Nebraska
Figure 1. The Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County won the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge for the 2016 corn production year. All the winners were honored at a banquet in Lincoln in January. Pictured, from left, are members James Rolf, Angela Rolf, Payton Schiller, Kaleb Hasenkamp, Levi Schiller, and Boone McAfee of the Nebraska Corn Board. Not picture is Matthew Rolf.

Youth Corn Challenge Offers Real-World Experience, Rewards January 24, 2017

Winners of the 2016 Nebraska Innovative Corn Challenge for Youth were recently announced and the top prize went to the Kornhusker Kids 4-H Club of Cuming County. Challenge participants learned valuable lessons in production ag, research, teamwork, and problem-solving while competing for cash prizes made possible by the Nebraska Corn Board.

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Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Sixth Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge January 10, 2017

Are you a youth who enjoys being outside? Learning new things about crops? Are you considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed the world’s growing population sustainably? If so, the sixth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge offers you an opportunity to learn by doing while competing for cash prizes.

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Farmers & Ranchers College Returns Dec. 14 November 1, 2016

David Kohl
David Kohl

David Kohl, agricultural economics professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University, will present the first of four programs in the 2016-17 Farmers and Ranchers College.

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Students using a net to capture insects
Students using a net to capture insects during the insect scouting portion of the 2016 Crop Scouting Competition, facilitated by UNL entomologist Bob Wright.

Two Crop Judging Teams Move on to Regionals August 18, 2016

Testing their knowledge and their skills, Nebraska ag students got "real world" crop scouting experience and educational feedback from experts during the Nebraska Youth Crop Scouting Competition Aug. 2 at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead. Two teams -- a Colfax County 4-H team and a Humphrey FFA team -- won first and second places, respectively, and will advance to regional competition in Iowa Aug. 30-31.

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