ISU Ag Chemical Dealer update mtg
Dec 13 all-day

Updates on the latest crop production products and recommendations are the featured topics at Ag Chemical Dealer Updates sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Ames, Dec. 13. This meeting is an opportunity for ag input providers to meet with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists to review current research, discuss new products and learn of new recommendations.

The meeting will feature presentations on weed, insect and crop disease management as well as an update on the past growing season, and are approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits. Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 for calendar year 2017 is also available. Recertification is included in meeting registration. Attendance at the entire meeting is required for recertification.

Ames – Dec. 13
Mark Johnson,, 515-382-6551
Angie Rieck-Hinz,, 515-532-3453

Early registration is $70 if received by midnight Dec. 6 (Ames). Late or on-site registration is $85. Visit for program details or to register online.

For additional information contact an ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist hosting the meeting.

ISU Pork Adv. Reproductive Mgt Seminar
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Pork producers are invited to attend either of two workshops focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics scheduled for mid-December in northeast and northwest Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring the seminars in Waverly and Le Mars. The target audience for these conferences includes swine breeding herd managers, veterinarians, sow herd managers and sow farm owners and workers.

Dates and specific locations are Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Waverly Civic Center, 200 1st St. NE and Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office, 251 12th St. S.E., Le Mars. Registration at both sites begins at 9:30 a.m. with the first session starting at 10 a.m. The event concludes with a question-and-answer session at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 is being held for possible rescheduling in case of weather-related issues.

The keynote speaker is reproductive specialist Kara Stewart of Purdue University. She will present information on several topics, including new farm technologies to improve reproductive performance and new research and findings on colostrum management. She also will lead a post cervical artificial insemination session with hands-on opportunity for participants to work with reproductive tracts, and will demonstrate deep uterine catheter insertion.

Associate professor of animal science Jason Ross and Lloyd Anderson, endowed professor in physiology, will talk about research that can help predict, before first breeding, which gilts most likely will have superior reproductive performance. Ross, who also is IPIC director, will share information from promising research including vulva measurements that may inform new tools for such predictions.

Iowa State swine specialists Mark Storlie and Dave Stender will provide updates on a variety of issues impacting the sow herd, including preparation for welfare audits, animal handling and record keeping.

Cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch and materials. Additional attendees from the same entity can register for $10 each. Preregistration is strongly encouraged to assure an accurate meal count.

For more information or to register for the Le Mars location, call 712-225-6196 or by email at Those who want to attend the Waverly location should call 563-425-3331 or email at

ILF Cover Crops webinar
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Even with excellent nutrient management, nitrate losses from corn and soybean fields can occur because these cash crops only grow and take up nitrate and water for five months of the year. Cover crops like winter rye can be an effective strategy for reducing nitrate losses to groundwater or tile drainage, because they can take up water and nitrate during the period between harvest and planting of the next year’s crop.

Tom Kaspar will discuss lessons learned from using cover crops to reduce losses of nitrate during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon. Kaspar is a plant physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. Kaspar also is one of the leading voices on cover crops across the Midwest and one of the founding members of the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Kaspar’s research has focused on using cover crops and no-till to improve water quality and soil health in corn and soybean production systems.

This month, the Iowa Learning Farms webinar series will take place on the second Wednesday of the month. To log in, go to at noon and log in through the “guest” option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at

Sterling Connection Celebration of Christmas @ Seward High School Auditorium
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of the season with performances by the Seward High School Swing Choir.

Cover Crop wksp
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Iowa Learning Farms, along with East Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Oakland. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

The workshop will include Pottawattamie County farmer Russ Brandes. As the fourth generation to farm the land near Hancock, Brandes is raising corn and soybeans on about 400 acres. He also manages a small cow-calf herd and hogs on the family farm. As an East Pottawattamie County Commissioner, Brandes has been leading by example through the use of no-tillage since the mid-1980s. In 2013, he began to add cover crops to his operation by flying ryegrass into his soybeans. Since then he has significantly expanded the acres covered and cover crops species used, including: cereal rye, oats, radish, brown mustard and Sunn hemp. Brandes will share advice for successfully adding cover crops as well as discussing how he has overcome challenges.

The agenda will continue with Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers of Iowa research and field crops director. He will share results from on-farm cover crop research projects and ideas for maximizing cover crop benefits. Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms events coordinator, will share results from cover crop projects examining species selection, water quality implications and soil health indicators like earthworms.

The field day will be held at the Oakland Community Center, 614 Dr Van See Road, Oakland. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Make RSVPs to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or’

NE Soy Day & Machinery Expo
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dicamba issues and recommendations for achieving more precise herbicide applications are among the timely pest management and production topics slated for this year’s Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo. The event, which includes equipment and exhibitor displays, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 December 14 in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.

Jason Norsworthy is professor of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences and Elms Farming Chair of Weed Science at the University of Arkansas. He will discuss issues associated with dicamba use, including likely causes for non-target damage based based on field observations by university weed scientists across the U.S. He will highlight research conducted to understand off-target movement of the new, lower-volatility formulations of dicamba relative to older formulations. He will also provide input on ways to minimize the likelihood for damage from off-target dicamba movement in 2018.

Chris Proctor, Nebraska Weed Management Extension Educator, will be addressing recommendations for achieving more precise weed management applications for successful weed control in soybeans. The role of accurate measurements is often overlooked in the big picture of herbicide resistance, but plays a role that farmers can change, Proctor contends. Key factors he’ll be discussing are the importance of: 1) using correct herbicide rates, 2) knowing your real tank size, and 3) knowing the difference between dry and liquid ounces. When herbicide measurements and applications are managed properly, growers can save money and improve weed control, Proctor said.

Also on the agenda is Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo Chief Agricultural Economist. Swanson believes growing top-yielding soybeans requires the right inputs, requiring a team effort. “Are you paying a benchwarmer on your team a superstar’s salary?,” Swanson asks. “Are you managing like ‘the money ball’ or a ‘sentimental’ manager.” This talk will focus on getting the metrics right.

The expo also will include an update on the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff and association information.

Producers will be able to visit with representatives from seed, herbicide, fertilizer and equipment companies and view new farm equipment during a 30-minute break at 10:10 a.m.

While the event and noon lunch are free, the Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization asks that each attendeee donate one or more cans of nonperishable food to the food pantry. Registration is available at the door.

For more information visit the program website, call (800) 529-8030 or e-mail

This program is sponsored by Nebraska Extension in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Soybean Board, Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry.

NE Ext. Confronting Cropping Challenges
Dec 14 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Getting the latest information on issues facing crop farmers AND an opportunity to renew your private pesticide applicator license will all take place at a series of meetings in December. This is the second year for Confronting Cropping Challenges and responses from last year’s programs were very positive. This year the program will be offered at four locations in the area from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
* Thursday, December 14 – Fire Hall, Pender
* Monday, December 18 – Community Building, Fairgrounds, Stanton
* Tuesday, December 19 – First Northeast Bank of Nebraska meeting room, Tekamah
* Thursday, December 21 – Nebraska Extension Office meeting room, Fremont

Topics that will be covered this year include:
• Crop Insect Update
• Crop Disease Update
• On-Farm Research Opportunities
• Selecting Hybrids/Varieties & Lodging Concerns
• Using Dicamba and Controlling Palmer Amaranth, Waterhemp & Marestail
• Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Update

Anyone that just wants the crops information can attend the first five sessions and leave. If you need to have your private applicator license renewed (renewal only, not initial certification) in 2018, you can stick around for the final session to be recertified. Even though this training is being offered in 2017, you will not lose a year of certification on your license.

The cost for the program is $10 if you are only attending the first five sessions. If you are being recertified, the cost will be $50. The additional $40 is the same as you would pay to be recertified at a traditional private pesticide applicator training.

The real advantage to this program is private applicators can receive a lot of cropping information and a limited amount of the pesticide certification materials that you would receive at a traditional private applicator meeting. Those being recertified last year thought this was a great alternative to the pesticide training programs they had attended to get recertified in the past. Many said they would attend future programs, just for the crops information even if they didn’t need to be recertified.

For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm
NE Ext. Land Ownership wksp
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

If you’ve inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing this asset, learn what it means to own agricultural land today at one of several Nebraska Extension programs being hosted this fall across the state.

Topics to be covered in the 2.5-hour workshop include:
– Am I keeping the farm or selling it?
– How do I manage a farm?
– If leasing, what are key lease provisions?
– What legal considerations do I have with this decision?
– And, how do we manage family communications and expectations when other family is involved?

Program Dates, Sites and Contact Info
Dec. 14 – Northeast Community College South Sioux City 6:30 p.m. 402-987-2140

Pre-registration is requested by two days prior to the event. Advance registration is requested to ensure enough handouts for the program. For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension educator, farm succession, at 402-472-1771 or e-mail, or contact Jim Jansen, Extension economist for northeast Nebraska at 402-261-7572 or e-mail

Farm Finance Clinic
Dec 15 all-day

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters. The clinics offer an opportunity to seek an experienced outside opinion on issues affecting your farm or ranch.

Clinic Sites and Dates
Grand Island — Thursday, December 7
North Platte — Thursday, December 14
Norfolk — Friday, December 15
Lexington — Thursday, December 21

To sign up for a free clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.