Western Nebraska

Man speaks to audience at front of room
Gary Peterson, Colorado State University professor emeritus, delivered the opening keynote presentation at the Nebraska Soil Health School held at UNL’s High Plains Ag Lab on April 24. Peterson outlined historical events and mismanagement practices that have degraded the Great Plains soil and discussed the how and why the coupling of reduced tillage and cropping intensification can help growers rebuild soil. (Photo by Nicole Heldt)

2024 Nebraska Soil Health School has Successful Launch

May 9, 2024
The first Nebraska Soil Health School of the year was designed to provide potential management practices for producers in the Panhandle, with one focus being the practicalities of growing cover crops in semi-arid regions.

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Dry bean combine harvesting field
Dry bean harvest with a Pickett specialty dry bean combine. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Harvest and Irrigation Outlook for Fall in Western Nebraska

October 12, 2023
Harvest updates for sugarbeets, dry edible beans and corn in western Nebraska, and insights on the availability of water in reservoirs for the 2024 growing season. 

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Winter pea field damage

Hail Damage to Crops in Scotts Bluff Area

July 6, 2023
Extension experts weigh in on recent hail impacts in Nebraska and options producers should take into consideration regarding weed and disease control for damaged crops.

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Carter Canyon rangeland
Rangeland in Carter Canyon, where the perennial grasses meet the cheatgrass. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

A Year Later Effects of Wildfire Still Felt on Rangelands

July 5, 2023
On June 9, producers and landowners received information on how 2022 fires may still affect their ranges, including recommendations for grazing and cheatgrass control in 2023. 

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Sidney wheat field

Western Nebraska Winter Wheat Sees Effects of Tough Winter

May 11, 2023
Nebraska Extension Dryland Cropping Specialist Cody Creech discusses the status and outlook for winter wheat in western Nebraska.

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Water for Agriculture Project Surveys Panhandle Residents on Local Water Issues

May 11, 2021
Residents of North Platte Valley will receive short surveys to share their views on local water and agricultural issues, to better identify the needs of western Nebraskans.

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New dry edible bean plot

UNL Dry Bean Breeding Program Announces Public Release of Two New Dry Edible Bean Varieties

April 19, 2021
Two new dry edible bean varieties will be available to producers in the near future — a great northern bean suitable for direct harvest and the other, a slow-darkening pinto bean variety with longer shelf life.

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Cody Creech being recorded in a field
A video camera took the place of live audiences for the High Plains Ag Lab Virtual Field Day, as Cody Creech, dryland cropping systems specialist and research supervisor at HPAL, discusses one of the research projects underway at the plots north of Sidney.

High Plains Ag Lab Virtual Field Day Now Online

July 8, 2020
Social distancing ruled out an in-person field day this June. However, the Virtual Field Day website has a collection of videos and other online presentations (such as narrated Powerpoints) that convey the same type of information that would have been available in person.

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