Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Pathfinder Reservoir Dam Overflow photo by Gary Stone
Figure 1. Overflow from Pathfinder Dam in Wyoming, part of the North Platte River Reservoir system. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Status of North Platte River Water Reservoirs

February 14, 2017
I usually start reporting on river flows and water reservoirs affecting western Nebraska in early May, but with recent national news about the spillway at the Oroville Dam in California, you may be wondering about the status of snowpack water content and the reservoir levels along the North Platte River in Wyoming.

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Carlos Urrea in a field of chickpea disease resistance trials.
Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, UNL dry bean breeder, stands in a chickpea field trial in 2015. The bright yellow pods of the New Hope cultivar (middle) are not showing any damage from Ascohyta blight, while the two cultivars on either side are exhibiting blight damage.

New Chickpea Cultivar—New Hope—Offers Just That

February 13, 2017

After more than 10 years of research and development, University of Nebraska researchers have registered a new chickpea cultivar that offers enhanced disease resistance and production potential. The chickpea’s name — New Hope — well reflects their optimism for its value to producers, particularly in western Nebraska where disease has reduced production.

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