Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Irrigation canal washout from tunnel collapse
Figure 1. Area where the North Platte River Canal breached July 17, flooding nearby fields. Water flow to the canal was stopped and won't be continued until repairs can be made, possibly cutting short the crop season. (Photo courtesy of Chabella Guzman of KNEB Radio)

Wednesday A.M. Meeting to Focus on Prospects for Collapsed Irrigation Tunnel

July 23, 2019
The Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District will host a public meeting Wednesday, July 24, in Scottsbluff to share information about the disruption of water deliveries caused by a tunnel collapse along the irrigation district’s main canal on July 17. It will be at 10 a.m. at the university's Panhandle Center.

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Area of the North Platte River canal where the break occurred July 17.
Figure 1. Area where the North Platte River Canal breached July 17, flooding nearby fields. Water flow to the canal was stopped and won't be continued until repairs can be made, possibly cutting short the crop season. (Photo courtesy of Chabella Guzman of KNEB Radio)

Growers in North Platte Valley Face Critical Water Loss with Canal Damage

July 18, 2019
Surface-water irrigators in the North Platte River Valley south of the river in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming have lost their water supply due to a washout in the main supply canal early Wednesday morning (July 17). The Bureau of Reclamation is assessing the damage.

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Whittier Receives Fellow Award from American Society of Animal Science

July 16, 2019
Jack Whittier, director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, was recently presented the 2019 American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award for Extension.

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UNL High Plains Ag Lab Field Day June 20

June 14, 2019
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Thursday, June 20, will highlight UNL research on dryland crops, especially field pea and winter wheat, as well as grazing and forages.

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Field pea in the Panhandle

Winter Wheat and Pea Field Days in the Panhandle in June

June 7, 2019
Field days of three winter wheat variety trials and two field pea variety trials will be conducted this June in the Panhandle. Discussion topics will include genetics, including new varieties on the horizon, and production issues.

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Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

Can Nebraska Grow Rubber-Producing Dandelions on a Farm Scale?

May 17, 2019
Panhandle researchers are working with those in other states to test agronomic conditions and practices best suited to the production of rubber dandelions. While it's too early to tell, it might be a viable alternative crop one day.

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The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural  research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL.
Figure 1. The Feb. 21 meeting, “Dryland Production in the High Plains,” will provide a look at agricultural research in the region. Field days, like this one last June, also share information from HPAL research.

Dryland Production on the High Plains Focus of Feb. 21 Meeting

February 8, 2019
What emerging issues will challenge crop and livestock producers in the High Plains? What research is going on at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and land-grant universities in response? What are the lessons from that research? A Feb. 21 meeting will explore these topics.

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A cutworm moth captured in the field.

Bugeye Workshop: Cutworms & Kin

January 30, 2019
Growers concerned about the increase in cutworms in dry beans can learn about improved monitoring and management at a March 11 hands-on workshop in Scottsbluff.

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