Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Chick Pea
Chick peas, shown here, and dry edible beans will be the focus of three USDA Specialty Crop grants recently awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

USDA Funds Nebraska Research on Chick Peas and Dry Beans October 25, 2017

From growing chick peas in western Nebraska to reducing pesticide use in apple orchards in Nebraska City, 12 specialty crop projects across the state will receive nearly $600,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Three of the grants target chickpea and dry bean production and products that could be derived from dry beans.

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Ag Land Management, Tenant/Landowner Workshops in Rushville, Sidney October 23, 2017

Anyone who owns farmland is welcome to participate in Ag Land Management, Tenant/Landowner Workshops in early November at Rushville and Sidney.

These free workshops provide information about leasing farmland, including current cash rental rates and common lease provisions. Locations, dates and registration information:

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Figure 1. Field peas are mature and ready to harvest in this variety trial plot near Grant.
Figure 1. Field peas are mature and ready to harvest in this variety trial plot near Grant. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

2017 Field Pea Variety Trial Results October 19, 2017

The 2017 university field pea variety trials have been posted to CropWatch and include results from seven plots with up to 25 varieties at each location. The varieties are grouped in three categories: older, robust lines; newer, higher yielding lines just coming to market; and new lines in development.

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Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Update from the Panhandle October 19, 2017

Recent dry weather opened up dry bean harvest, but slowed sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle. Dry bean harvest should be 80%-90% complete by the end of the week.

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Sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle 2015. Researchers are now studying opportunities for using sugar beets not processed for human consumption as a livestock feed. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle 2015. Researchers are now studying opportunities for using sugar beets not processed for human consumption as a livestock feed. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Sugar Beet Chopping Demonstration Oct. 25 at Panhandle Research Feedlot October 19, 2017

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are assessing the value of sugar beets for livestock growing and finishing diets. One part of the feed production process, sugar beet chopping, will be featured in a demonstration Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the University's Panhandle Research Feedlot near Scottsbluff.

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Wheat

Recap of 2017 Western Nebraska Wheat Crop and Implications for 2018 August 31, 2017

Some growers in western Nebraska had their best winter wheat yields ever in 2017 while others had some of their lowest yields. Moisture availability and disease were among the factors. See breakdowns by area.

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Has Ergot Altered Events in World History? August 17, 2017

One of the few plant diseases that can also cause direct damage to humans, ergot, particularly in rye grain, may have been a factor in several world events..

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Nevin Lawrence speaking at 2016 Nebraska Dry Bean Field Day
Figure 1. The 2017 Dry Bean Field Day offers updates on the latest western Nebraska research. In this file photo Integrated Weed Management Specialist Nevin Lawrence talks about pigweed control in dry beans at the 2016 Dry Bean Field Tour at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

Annual Nebraska Dry Bean Field Tour set for Aug. 22 August 9, 2017

Direct harvest, weed management, irrigation, genetics, disease control, and the economy are among the timely topics to be covered during the 2017 Dry Bean Field Tour, scheduled for August 22 at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

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