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.
“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.
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.
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.
Several field trials were undertaken in 2017 to look at options for controlling herbicide-resistant kochia, Palmer amaranth, and waterhemp in dry bean, corn, and sugarbeet. In addition over 80 kochia, Palmer amaranth, and waterhemp plants were collected for testing of herbicide resistance. Of these 50% of kochia and 13% of Palmer amaranth plants tested were resistant to field rates of glyphosate. While options are limited in the Panhandle, pairing crop rotations with herbicide programs using PRE and layby treatments provided effective control of key weed species. An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics.