What You'll See at the IANR Exhibits at 2016 Husker Harvest Days
You are cordially invited to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources exhibit at Husker Harvest Days Sept. 11-13 to learn about Weather Ready Farms: Successfully Managing Extremes. Stop by to view exhibits and demonstrations — indoors and out — and visit with Nebraska Extension specialists and educators to see how you can make your farm or ranch more resilient to the myriad of challenges, particularly weather challenges, facing today's producer.
Inside UNL’s Husker Red steel building on Third Street showgoers can get the latest information to plan for weather- and climate-related challenges and opportunities facing agriculture. Interactive exhibits and demonstration plots outside the building illustrate production and management practices discussed in the building.
Check out the following topics at this year's exhibit and learn how you can start making your farm weather ready.
Roots of Resilience: Using Cover Crops to Battle Extreme Weather Events
Learn the many benefits of growing cover crops benefit from both the cover crop roots and shoots. Cover crop roots help build stronger, more stable soils to fight against extreme weather events by reducing soil density, increasing porosity, infiltration, and water storage. The roots of cover crops help increase soil carbon more efficiently than the aboveground shoots so grazing cover crops can help increase revenue and soil carbon at the same time. Livestock grazing cover crops help cycle nutrients and stimulate microbial biomass too.
For more information on cover crops see https://cropwatch.unl.edu/cover-crops
Crop Scouting as an Essential Tool in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Attendees will be able to practice their crop scouting skills in mock fields while learning about the biology and management of important insect pests, such as western bean cutworm and western corn rootworm. This interactive display will provide information on effectively managing insect pests, while also conserving beneficial insects, such as predators and pollinators, and practicing resistance management. For more information on these topics, visit the UNL Department of Entomology website.
Opportunities with SwitchgrassSwitchgrass is a tall native perennial grass. A newly released variety Liberty has a higher biomass yield than previously released forage varieties such as Shawnee. Switchgrass is well suited to grow in highly erodible, or degraded land and is highly drought tolerant. Switchgrass does well at erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, forage and hay as well as it may be used for bioenergy in future biofuel applications. Current opportunities for switchgrass include field strips to prevent erosion, forage for cattle, and field edges to protect water quality. For more information about Liberty Switchgrass and other perennial tall grass species visit www.CenUSA.iastate.edu.
Livestock Heat StressHeat stress can take a toll on cattle, especially heavy confined cattle that don’t have access to shelter. With recent and projected trends for more hot, humid days, interest in providing shade and other forms of relief has grown. Visit our outdoor display to see and discuss options for keeping livestock cool and productive.
Building Weather Ready Soils with Manure and Mulch
Another outdoor display features three small corn plots where viewers can compare the use of manure and manure plus wood chips with using commercial fertilizer. The manure and manure plus mulch treatments increase the soil's drought tolerance by increasing water retention and water infiltration during intense rainfall events. For more information, see manure.unl.edu