Brandy VanDeWalle - Extension Educator

Brandy VanDeWalle

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1340 G St Geneva NE 68361-2005
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Team Registration Open for Youth Crop Scouting Contest April 11, 2018

Teams of youth interested in learning crop scouting and competing for cash prizes are encouraged to enter the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth. Teams are encouraged to form and register now for the July 26 event so they can start studies and preparations to compete.

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Applications for Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Due by April 1 March 16, 2018

Applications are due by April 1 for teams of youth participating in the 2018 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if it increased yield.

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Feb. 23 Workshop to Focus on Crop Insurance, Farm Bill February 9, 2018

Crop insurance, the farm bill, and other farm policy issues will be the focus of the next Farmers and Ranchers College program Feb. 23 in Geneva.

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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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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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