Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Has Ergot Altered Events in World History? August 17, 2017

One of the few plant diseases that can also cause direct damage to humans, ergot, particularly in rye grain, may have been a factor in several world events..

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Nevin Lawrence speaking at 2016 Nebraska Dry Bean Field Day
Figure 1. The 2017 Dry Bean Field Day offers updates on the latest western Nebraska research. In this file photo Integrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence talks about pigweed control in dry beans at the 2016 Dry Bean Field Tour at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

Annual Nebraska Dry Bean Field Tour set for Aug. 22 August 9, 2017

Direct harvest, weed management, irrigation, genetics, disease control, and the economy are among the timely topics to be covered during the 2017 Dry Bean Field Tour, scheduled for August 22 at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

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Figure 1. Nebraska Extension Specialist Dipak Santra describes field pea variety trials at the High Plains Ag Lab Field Day in 2016. This year's event will include similar field tours of research trials.rs June 21.

UNL High Plains Ag Lab to Host Field Day June 21 June 7, 2017

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day June 21 will highlight UNL research on dryland crops, especially field pea, winter wheat, and forages.

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Cover Crops field trial

Cover Crop and Annual Forage Field Day June 29 near Sidney June 5, 2017

A June 29 field day, Incorporating Cover Crops and Annual Forages into Cropping Systems, will be held at the University of Nebraska High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney. University specialists and researchers will discuss what they're finding from their research and lead guided tours of field trials. RSVP by June 19

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Cool-Season Grass

Cool-Season Grass Production Field Day June 1 May 25, 2017

View field trials of new tools for increasing cool-season grass growth at field sites near Chadron and Crawford June 1.

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Dry bean direct harvesting
Figure 1. Direct harvesting dry beans equires just one trip through the field at harvest, while the more traditional process requires a windrowing and a harvest trip. compared to more traditional harvesting methods.

Are You Planning to Direct Harvest Dry Edible Beans? May 18, 2017

Successful direct harvesting of dry edible beans begins with proper seed selection and a level field this spring. See what to consider to help ensure minimal yield loss in making the change.

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Absinth wormwood leaf
Figure 1. Absinth wormwood leaf (Photo by Kristi Paul)

Absinth Wormwood - New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle May 17, 2017

An invasive species, absinth wormwood will establish quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites and can out-compete desirable forbs and grasses in pastures and rangeland, reducing biodiversity.

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Field pea

Yellow Field Peas Fare Well After Recent Lows May 4, 2017

Most yellow field pea being grown in western Nebraska were at early vegetative stages (4th to 7th node or 1-5 leaf stages) during last week’s cold snap, but extensive damage is not expected due to the pea’s level of frost tolerance.Field pea tolerance to frost during early stages of vegetative growth is partially due to the “hypogeal” germination nature of the crop. For plant species with hypogeal germination (e.g., field pea, lentil, chickpea), shoot germination occurs belowground.

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