UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

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Westra Named New Director of Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center

August 24, 2022
A UNL faculty member since 2017, Westra will begin his new duties as PREEC director on Sept. 1.

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A view of some of the research plots surrounding the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center. (CropWatch file photo)

Explore New Research and Technology at Panhandle Tour Aug. 23

August 10, 2022
Free to attend, the field day includes plot tours that will highlight research on pulse crops, sensor-based irrigation, breeding program and white mold updates for dry beans, and pest management in sunflowers.

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Cody Creech at field day
Cody Creech speaks to farmers at a recent High Plains Ag Lab Field Day.

Dryland Specialist Cody Creech Named to Fenster Professorship

February 10, 2022
The second Fenster professor in UNL's history, Creech's research and extension efforts since 2015 have focused on enhancing agronomic practices to increase profitability, optimizing soil water conservation and delivering weed management solutions.

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Third Annual Panhandle Soil Health Workshop March 2 in Bridgeport

February 2, 2022
Speakers from UNL and other academic institutions, as well as the USDA NRCS will present information on soil health, soil health programs and management practices that affect soil health in the region.

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Dry bean field collage
Dry Bean Breeding Specialist Carlos Urrea and his crew worked both outside and indoors to carry out variety trials in 2021. (Left photo) Barbara Pieper (foreground), Aymslee Mathis and Karrisa Neal, summer interns, at work in the greenhouse scouting and clipping young bean plants. (Right photo) Urrea checks variety plots at the Mitchell Ag Lab in mid-summer 2021.

2021 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Trial Results Available

January 6, 2022
Results of the 2021 variety trials for dry edible beans conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are now available on CropWatch.

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More Farm Sci-Ed Videos Available to View Online

October 7, 2021
Eight video episodes have been released and available to view online in the Farm Sci-Ed video series, which highlights the “science and education behind farming” and integrated pest management research.

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Figure 1. Field peas are now being tested in Nebraska as a winter crop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Winter Field Pea as a Fall-planted Broadleaf Crop for the Panhandle?

October 7, 2021
For the first time, winter field pea varieties are being tested in Nebraska as a winter crop, as it has the potential to increase a wheat-based dryland crop production system's sustainability, and economic viability of dryland farming in the Nebraska Panhandle and High Plains in general.

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Research fields map
On the left, a comparison of participating fields in 2020 (a) and 2021 (b). On the right, total area of participating fields in 2020 (c) and distribution of individual field sizes in 2021 (d).

Panhandle Learning Agricultural Network (PLAN) Aims to Increase Farmer Adoption of Field-based Sensors

October 7, 2021
PLAN aims to use sensors, low-cost telemetry such as Internet of Things (IoT), localized algorithms, and an interactive data display and processing interface to better serve the farming community in the Nebraska Panhandle.

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