Explore New Research and Technology at Panhandle Tour Aug. 23

Panhandle plots
A view of some of the research plots surrounding the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center. (CropWatch file photo)

Explore New Research and Technology at Panhandle Tour Aug. 23

The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will partner with the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association on Aug. 23 to host the annual field tour, Panhandle Agricultural Research and Technology Tour (PARTT).

The 2022 event will highlight up-to-date research on dry beans and other crops. Entry is free.

PARTT will include tours of crop research plots, lunch, afternoon presentations on timely topics and a chance to see new ag technologies. 

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Panhandle Center, 4502 Avenue I. At 9 a.m. the program will begin, and plot tours will follow starting at 9:15 a.m. Trailers will take visitors on the plot tours and each stop will last 25-30 minutes.  

PARTT brochure

Plot Tour Topics

  • Managing Pollinators and Pests in Sunflowers — Jeff Bradshaw, entomologist 
  • Using Cover Crops and Rotational Strategies for Weed Control in Dry Beans — Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist  
  • What’s Going on at Pulse Corner? — Bob Harveson, plant pathologist  
  • Update on the Dry Bean Breeding Program — Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist  
  • Sensor-Based Irrigation Management — Xin Qiao, water/irrigation management specialist, and Gary Stone, Water and Integrated Cropping Systems extension educator 
  • Geophysical Investigation of Paleochannels and Groundwater in Scottsbluff Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography — Mohammed Khalil, geoscientist  
  • Pulse Crops for the Nebraska Panhandle — Dipak Santra, alternative crops breeding specialist  

Indoor Presentations

  • Ag Economy Update — Jessica Groskopf, regional ag economist  
  • Climate-Smart Commodity Production — Bijesh Maharjan, soil and nutrient management specialist  
  • Detection of White Mold in Dry Beans — Wei-zhen Liang, research assistant professor  

For more information, contact event chair Xin Qiao, water/irrigation management specialist, at 308-632-1230.

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