Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017.
Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Harvest Progress in the Panhandle

October 31, 2017
Corn harvest in the Panhandle has been progressing for several weeks now. Yields have been 80-100 bushels per acre on dryland and 160–220 bushels per acre irrigated. Dry bean harvest is almost done, but regular sugar beet harvest has slowed due to the wide fluctuation in temperatures.

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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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