A field day to view a variety of cover crops seeded after wheat harvest will be held at the UNL Rogers Memorial Farm just east of Lincoln. The free event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 25.
Cover crop topics will include:
Understanding the goals and objectives of cover crops
Selection and management of cover crops to achieve the objectives
Using cover crops to improve soil health and help control weeds
Discussing the effects on yields and the soil system, both short-term and long-term
Six cover crop mixes, each planted for a specific objective, will be featured, showing how different species can be used for different purposes. Fertilizer has been applied in a strip across these six mixes to show the improvement in growth and biomass production, important if grazing is one of the objectives. In addition, a shredding across the six mixes was done to simulate grazing to show regrowth and recovery of the different species.
The field day will also include a no-till drill demo, seeding a 14-way diverse mix into wheat stubble. This will be the sixth planting date of the same mix, once every two weeks since wheat harvest, allowing attendees to compare the differences in growth and species performance. Also featured will be a nitrogen rate response study to estimate the apparent nitrogen contribution of various legume cover crops for corn production in 2018. Data from the same study conducted in 2012 and 2015 will be discussed.
Seed vendors and cover crop users will be in attendance to share some of their experiences, adding to the discussion and helping answer questions.
The Rogers Memorial Farm is located at 18630 Adams Street, Lincoln (north side of the road, about 7 ½ miles east of Lincoln, 2 miles north of Highway 34).
The Cuming County Farm Bureau annual meeting is set for Monday Sept 25th at 529 Social along highway 275 in Wisner. Social hour is at 6pm, buffet dinner at 6:30pm, with the program to follow. Discussion will highlight the 100th anniversary of Farm Bureau in Nebraska. There will be door prizes awarded at the end. Hope to see you there!
The annual outlook meeting is set for Monday Sept 25 at the 4-H building, Saunders Co Fairgrounds in Wahoo. 6pm social, 7pm meal, and program to follow. The meeting is sponsored by the NE Soybean Board. Speakers include Aaron DeSmith, Sr. Merchandiser at Columbus ADM and Jessica Alderson, Grain Originator at Lincoln Grain ADM. The livestock presenters will be folks from Producers Livestock including Mike Sila, Tim Meyer, and Keith Meiergerd. Hope to see you there!
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
Valentine — Friday, September 1
Norfolk — Wednesday, September 6
Grand Island — Tuesday, September 19
North Platte — Wednesday, September 20
Norfolk — Tuesday, September 26
Fairbury — Tuesday, September 26
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.
Dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host webinars on Sept. 19 and 26, entertaining and educating with a dairy version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Both webinars will begin at noon and will include information on how to analyze a dairy for profits and the profitability of various dairy systems. The Sept. 19 webinar will focus on conventional and hybrid dairy systems while the Sept. 26 webinar will discuss organic and organic “grass-fed” dairy systems.
The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach and the North Central Risk Management Education Center. Participants may join the webinars by logging onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy.
For more information contact ISU Extension and Outreach diary specialists Larry Tranel (firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-583-6496) or Jenn Bentley (email@example.com, 563-382-2949).
2017 Nebraska Cattlemen Cow Calf Tour
“Local, National, and International Trade in the Cattle Industry”
When: Tuesday, September 26th – Speakers will begin at 9 AM at the Wheeler Co. Fairgrounds in Bartlett, lunch will be served at 11:30, and the tour will begin promptly at 12:45.
Where: Wagonhammer Ranches, Bartlett – Speakers for the event include representatives from the USMEF, Nebraska Cattlemen, Samson, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Sponsors – Ericson State Bank, Homestead Bank-Albion Branch, Boone Nance Cattlemen, Town & Country Veterinary Clinic, Zoetis, and RB Angus
Everyone is welcome, bring a neighbor!
Any questions can be directed to Mackenzie Johnston at (402)350-6372
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week extended until Sept. 27 its public comment period on plans to repeal the Waters of the U.S. regulation (WOTUS). Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered a review of the WOTUS rule, which broadened the EPA’s regulatory authority over waterways to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as those that farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also expanded the EPA’s authority to include farm lands adjacent to such waters. Public comments can be filed here… https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001.
Nebraska Extension is offering a new way to get information on timely beef topics in a series of hosted webinars. The webinars will be on select Wednesdays for one hour, and will feature discussions from participants to determine educational needs on new topics, presentations by experts and updates on current activities.
The educational presentations will be recorded and posted at beef.unl.edu for use and viewing at later times.
The initial series will contain three webinars starting on Sept. 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Other webinars will be held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 29.
The first webinar will cover vaccination timing for newly received calves with speaker Brian Vander Ley from the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center. There will also be a discussion concerning animal health as higher risk cattle are in feedyards in the fall. The Nov. 1 webinar will feature Rick Koelsch, livestock environmental engineer at Nebraska, speaking on the value of manure and the positive attributes of using it as a soil amendment. During the Nov. 29 webinar, Galen Erickson, Nebraska Extension beef feedlot specialist, will review nutrition highlights from the 2018 Nebraska Beef Report.
To view the webinars online visit, https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/s/751919398. To access the webinars using a telephone dial 408-638-0968 or 646-876-9923. The meeting id is 751-919-398.
For more information, contact Galen Erickson at 402-472-6402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.