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Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

Can Nebraska Grow Rubber-Producing Dandelions on a Farm Scale?

May 17, 2019
Panhandle researchers are working with those in other states to test agronomic conditions and practices best suited to the production of rubber dandelions. While it's too early to tell, it might be a viable alternative crop one day.

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Xin Qiao (left), irrigation and water management specialist and principal investigator, and Jack Whittier, Panhandle Center Director of Research and Extension, accept the award from the Nebraska Environmental Trust fund to establish SDI research with livestock effluent.

NET Awards Grant for Subsurface Drip Irrigation System with Feedlot

April 26, 2019
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded a grant to construct a subsurface drip irrigation system that uses feedlot effluent to irrigate crop fields. The practice will be evaluated as a potential means to better manage the state's limited water resources, an ongoing research priority of the University of Nebraska.

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Dry edible beans being cooked to test various variety attributes, including cooking time

When Developing New Lines of Dry Edible Beans, Cooking Time Matters Too

March 8, 2019
When breeding new lines of dry edible beans, disease resistance, drought tolerance, and plant architecture can be observed in the field, but measuring cooking time is a chore for the laboratory. Cooks prefer varieties that cook in 30-45 minutes.

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The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural  research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL.
Figure 1. The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL research.

Dryland Production on the High Plains Focus of Feb. 21 Meeting

February 8, 2019
What emerging issues will challenge crop and livestock producers in the High Plains? What research is going on at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and land-grant universities in response? What are the lessons from that research? A Feb. 21 meeting will explore these topics.

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A cutworm moth captured in the field.

Bugeye Workshop: Cutworms & Kin

January 30, 2019
Growers concerned about the increase in cutworms in dry beans can learn about improved monitoring and management at a March 11 hands-on workshop in Scottsbluff.

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Dry edible beans

Dry Edible Bean Day Set for Feb. 12 at Gering

January 29, 2019
Featured at this event are an address by the Nebraska Director of Agriculture, presentations by dry bean processors, and updates from university researchers and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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Panhandle Pride Great Northern in field trials
Figure 1. Panhandle Pride, the newly released Great Northern variety shown here, offers resistance to bean common rust and common bacterial blight. In addition its upright plant architecture and larger seed size are key selling points of the new variety.

New Dry Bean Variety, Panhandle Pride, Available for 2019

January 10, 2019
Panhandle Pride’s genetics, including resistance to bean common rust and common bacterial blight, and its upright plant architecture and larger seed size are key attributes of the new variety. Two more dry bean lines are expected to be released in 2020.

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Dry edible beans

2018 Dry Edible Bean Variety Trial Results

January 10, 2019
The dry bean report includes a description of the 2018 variety trials and 10 tables that list yield, moisture, test weight, and other data for each variety within the market classes.

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