David Ostdiek - Communications Specialist, Panhandle REC

Cheatgrass
Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) (Photo by Cassondra Skinner, USDA-NRCS Plants Database)

June 6 Field Tour on Cheatgrass Management Research

May 24, 2018
The UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center will host a field tour on cheatgrass management research on June 6 in Scottsbluff.

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Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist (left), and research technician Eduardo Valentin Cruzado tend to the 800 varieties of dry beans taking over the bean greenhouse at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist (left), and research technician Eduardo Valentin Cruzado tend to the 800 varieties of dry beans taking over the bean greenhouse at the university’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Dry Edible Bean Breeding Greenhouse — It’s A Jungle In There

April 6, 2018
About 800 dry bean varieties, planted in December in individual pots, are growing like crazy – far above the typical height in Panhandle bean fields. Part of a university study of how various foods affect the human gut microbiome, these beans represent the first large-scale genetic analysis of these traits in dry beans.

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Harvesting dry edible beans
Figure 1. Harvesting dry edible beans in the Nebraska Panhandle.

2018 Dry Edible Bean Day Feb. 13 at Gering

January 29, 2018
Plan to attend the 2018 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day to hear a keynote by the new Nebraska Director of Agriculture. Researchers and dry bean reps will also present research updates, recommendations for producers, and reports from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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Figure 1. Wheat field near Sidney in March 2017 at an ideal growth stage for topdressing nitrogen. Lucas Haag, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, will present at the HPAL research update on nitrogen management and how it impacts wheat protein. (Photo by Cody Creech)

High Plains Ag Lab Research Update Feb. 15

January 29, 2018
Recent results from research on wheat diseases and insects, alternative crops, and dryland production will be among the results presented at the Annual University of Nebraska High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) Research Update Feb. 15 near Sidney.

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Secondary Aquifers of Nebraska cover

Publication Looks at State’s Secondary Aquifers

January 26, 2018
Most know of the High Plains or Ogallala Aquifer, but what of Nebraska's seven secondary aquifers? This university guide, dedicated to the state's well-drillers, discusses various characteristics of each of the aquifers and includes overlay maps to show their location.

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Dry beans

2017 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results

January 11, 2018
Results of the 2017 variety trials for dry edible beans and peas are now available on CropWatch. The trials were conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

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Western Nebraska Sustain Ag Conference 2016
The Western Sustainable Ag Crops and Livestock Conference explores a variety of production options for ag producers seeking new and alternative options to keep their operations sustainable.

Western Sustainable Ag Crops and Livestock Conference Dec. 16

December 1, 2017
Learn from successful practitioners and explore new ideas for creating a more diverse and sustainable farm or ranch operation at this year's Western Sustainable Ag Crops and Livestock Conference. The conference will be December 16 in Sidney.

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Mixture of chopped sugarbeets and wheat

University Studies Sugarbeets as a Livestock Feed for Weaned Calves

November 17, 2017
In the third year of its research on using chopped sugarbeets for livestock feed, university researchers are moving from using pregnant cows to weaned calves as their research subjects. Growing and finishing trials will be conducted with calves both receiving and not receiving sugarbeets as an energy source.

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