Agronomy Friday Seminars Feature Range of Current Topics
Sept. 12, 2014
Professor and Extension Weed Specialist Robert Wilson will kick off the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Friday Seminar series Sept. 19 in Lincoln. His topic will be "Chicory — A New Crop for Nebraska: Trials and Tribulations of Developing Alternate Crops."
Wilson, who is at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, began exploring the possibilities of showing farmers how to successfully grow industrial chicory in 1995. He will share information and accomplishments with chicory over the past 20 years.
The seminar is the first in the fall series, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays in Room 150, Keim Hall, on UNL's East Campus. Refreshments will precede presentations at 3 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, the program will be available live online at https://connect.unl.edu/chicory/. Enter as a guest.
September 26 — Evolution of the Corn Seed Industry with Tom Hoegemeyer, professor of practice, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
October 3 — The New Structure of the ConAgra Popcorn Breeding Program at UNL: From Traditional Breeding to New Technologies with Oscar Rodriguez, research professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
October 10 — Synteny as a Marker for Function across the Grasses with James Schnable, assistant professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
October 17 — Advances in Field Scale Soil Water Monitoring Using Cosmic-ray Neutron Probes with Trenton Franz, assistant professor of hydrogeophysics, School of Natural Resources, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fellow
October 24 — Connecting with Extension to Enhance the Land Grant Mission with Jenny Rees, UNL Extension Educator, Southeast Research and Extension Center
October 31 — Haney and PLFA Tests and Soil Health with Raymond Ward, Ward Laboratories Inc., Kearney
November 7 — Managing Sandhills Rangeland for Prairie Grouse Habitat with Walter Schacht, professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
November 14 — Learning Big Science — Problem-Solving in the Palm of Your Hand: The Journey of a Gene App with Donald Lee, professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture with Grace Troupe, graduate research assistant, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
November 21 — A Molecular Genetic Approach to Understanding Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC) in Plants with Brian Waters, assistant professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
December 5 — Recent Advancements in Switchgrass for Bioenergy with Robert Mitchell, adjunct professor, USDA research agronomist, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture
December 12 — Soybean Genetic Improvement — Retrospect and Prospect. What We Know Now — What We Want to Know Next with James Specht, emeritus professor, UNL Agronomy and Horticulture