Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Snowpack that feed North Platte River water system
Figure 1. Snowpack on the Snowy Mountain Range that feeds the North Plate River system (archive photo). The US Bureau of Reclamation monitors snowpack to estimate the amount of water in the North Platte Basin likely to be available this growing season. (Photo by Gary Stone)

North Platte River Water System Update April 13, 2018

North Platte River water operations and deliveries are expected to be normal for 2018, with no allocations expected, and an expected demand of 1.1 million acre-feet.

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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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Women in Agriculture Conference April 13 at Sidney March 19, 2018

“Keep Life Simple” is the theme of a Women in Agriculture Conference, which will feature information and advice about simplicity and excellence, using weather monitoring tools in agriculture, making meals with a multi-cooker, forage production, youth loans, farming with disabilities, and more.

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Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Sulphur cinquefoil flower (Photos by Gary Stone)

Sulphur Cinquefoil — An Invasive Species in Nebraska March 16, 2018

Sulphur cinquefoil is a perennial forb and aggressive invasive species that establishes quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites. Prevention and, if necessary, timely identification and management are the best routes to containing this invader.

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Tax Reform Workshop March 14 at Scottsbluff March 7, 2018

Western Nebraska farmers and ranchers are invited to a tax reform workshop March 14 to learn about the impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on their 2018 tax liability.

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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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