New Crop Technology Conference Dec. 4 at Sidney

New Crop Technology Conference Dec. 4 at Sidney

Nov. 21, 2014

"New Markets for New Crops" is the theme of the New Crops Technology Conference scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, at Sidney.

The challenges of bringing new crops to market will be emphasized at the conference, which will be held at the Western Nebraska Community College's Sidney campus from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The conference offers state-of-the-art information on marketing and economics and up-to-date research on production under limited irrigation of proso millet, sunflower, pea, fenugreek, and biofuel.

The registration fee is $35 per person for registrations received by Dec. 1, and $45 after that date and at the door. The fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Brochures and registration forms are available by calling the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at 308-632-1230, or downloading them at the  Panhandle REC website at panhandle.unl.edu.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Water Issues in Nebraska (Gary Hergert, UNL soil scientist)
  • Sunflower Irrigation Response (Joel Schneekloth, Colorado State University water resource specialist)
  • Canola Irrigation Response (Alexander Pavlista, UNL crop physiologist)
  • Biofuel Crops and Water Use (Gary Hergert, UNL soil scientist)
  • Fenugreek, Medicinal Crop (Dipak Santra, UNL alternative crops specialist)
  • Fenugreek Irrigation Response (Alexander Pavlista, UNL crop physiologist)
  • Crops for Health (Vicki Schlegel, UNL food scientist)
  • Proso Millet's New Markets (Noel Rudie, Harvest Innovations Director)
  • Pea Varieties and New Markets (Dipak Santra, UNL alternative crops specialist)
  • Bringing New Crops to Market (Jessica Johnson, extension educator - economics)
  • Industry Panel on Marketing New Crops

Resources

For more information, contact

  • Dipak Santra, Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist at the UNL
  • Panhandle REC, 308-632-1244, dsantra2@unl.edu;
  • Alexander Pavlista, Crop Physiologist, 308-632-1240, apavlista@unl.edu;
  • Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator, Cheyenne-Banner-Kimball Counties, 308-254-4455, kdeboer1@unl.edu; or
  • John Thomas, Extension Educator, Box Butte County, 308-762-5616, jthomas2@unl.edu

Space for commercial booths will be available. For more information, contact Dipak Santra by Dec. 1.

Dave Ostdiek, Communications Specialist
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff