Gary Lesoing - Extension Educator

Gary Lesoing

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1824 N St Auburn NE 68305-2395
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Nebraska State SARE Coordinator

Twitter: @glesoing2

Photos of two very different eastern Nebraska wheat fields
Figure 1. Photos of both of these eastern Nebraska wheat fields were taken June 16, 2018 and show the contrast between wheat grown in Thayer County (left) in southeast Nebraska where precipitation was much below normal and a field in Washington County in east central Nebraska where there was sufficient soil mosture throughout the season. (Photos by Brad Heinrichs (left) and Nathan Mueller)

Recap of 2017-18 Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop July 25, 2018

Winter wheat yields in eastern Nebraska were quite variable in 2018, ranging from 10 to 80 bu/ac, depending on precipitation. This review of the growing season examines some of the factors affecting yields in southeast, east central, and northeast Nebraska.

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Drone equipped with sensors for assessing nitrogen need

July 19 Field Day on Using Drones for Corn Nitrogen Management July 13, 2018

Dean and Deb Stevens of rural Falls City will be hosting a field day Thursday, July 19, to share the results of a North Central Region SARE-funded research project on using drones for corn nitrogen management.

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Greg Kruger demonstrating pesticide sprayer adjustments

Pesticide Spray Clinic March 6 in Syracuse February 23, 2018

Learn enhanced stewardship for dicamba and 2,4-D, how to better mitigate spray drift, and nozzle recommendations to improve control of troublesome weeds among other topics at an advanced clinic for pesticide spray applicators March 6 in Syracuse.

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Soil health summer field days
Figure 1. While it's too early to examine soil health differences in the field, it's the right time to learn how to start improving soil health and soil quality at the March 5 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference.

Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference March 5 February 12, 2018

Soil health, cover crops, manure use, and grazing annual forages (cover crops) will be among the topics at the Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Monday, March 5 in Syracuse. Registrations are due by Feb. 27.

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Farm Beginnings Program For Non-Traditional Ag Returns in January December 14, 2017

Nebraska Extension will be offering its ninth Farm Beginnings® Program January-April. The educational training and support program focuses on getting started in non-traditional ag operations, offering programs, conferences, and mentorship opportunities.

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Figure 1. At the Rob and Trent Bohling Farm near Johnson a cover crop mix of oats, turnips, radishes, and volunteer wheat was planted after wheat and is being compared with an area with no cover crop. The experiment is to evaluate and compare crop yields and soil properties among three systems: cover crops, cover crops followed by grazing, and no cover crop. (Photos by Gary Lesoing)

Cover Crop Field Day and Tour Sept. 19 in Southeast Nebraska September 14, 2017

Nebraska Extension, North Central SARE, NRCS, and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition are sponsoring a Cover Crop Field Day and Tour Tuesday, September 19 in southeast Nebraska. View multiple cover crop mixes and hear from researchers studying various aspects of their production and use.

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Eastern Nebraska wheat field that yielded more than 110 bu/ac.
Figure 1. High yields (more than 100 bushels per acre) were harvested in some eastern Nebraska winter wheat fields this year.

Recap of 2017 Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop August 31, 2017

While final USDA yield numbers aren't in yet, it looks like 2017 wheat yields could rival the 2016 yields in portions of eastern Nebraska, based on state variety trials and extension educator reports. See the breakdowns by district.

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Small Scale Farming Workshop April 8 March 29, 2017

Looking to learn how to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard? UNL Extension will be hosting Small Spaces, Big Potential: a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, April 8.

The workshop will be held in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road) beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

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