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Enjoy the Holidays with a Fresh Christmas Tree this Year
A decorated Christmas tree is a traditional symbol for the Christmas season. Many families enjoy choosing a real tree for a truly traditional Christmas because the beauty andaroma of real evergreen trees contribute to the celebration of Christmas.
Here is advice on how to care for fresh Christmas trees and how to use them after the holiday season is over.
“Using Cover Crops in Western Nebraska”
Sustainable Ag Conference, Dec. 7 in Ogallala
The Western Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Crops and Livestock Conference will feature several dynamic presenters. Dale Strickler, the keynote speaker from Star Seed, Osborne, Kansas will share his 25 years of experience working with farmers and ranchers in the Great Plains on forage systems and cover cropping.
Other topics include: “The Nuts and Bolts of Using Cover Crops in Western Nebraska”, “Growing Vegetables for Profit through a CSA”, “Growing Vegetables in a High Tunnel”, “Grazing Principle: Holistic Management and the Importance of Planned Grazing”, “Organic Wheat Quality Breeding” and the “Impact of Bees in the Environment and Food Production”.
The conference will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM at the Ogallala Extended Campus of Mid-Plains Community College in Ogallala, NE. A tradeshow will also feature businesses and organizations from across Nebraska. Sponsors of the event include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society and the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) NE Chapter No. 2. For more information, refer to the program brochure.
Landlord/Tenant Lease Workshop – Dec. 10 in Sidney
The Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease workshop offered Tuesday, Dec. 10 will help landlords and tenants put together a lease that is right for them and help maintain positive farm leasing relations.
The workshop will be at the Holiday Inn in Sidney from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Topics for discussion include:
-- Latest information about land values and cash rental rates for the area and state;
- Expectations from the lease, including goal setting for the rental property;
- Lease termination, including terminating handshake or verbal leases;
-- Lease communication, determining appropriate information sharing for both the tenant and landlord;
-- Alternative cash lease arrangements, flexible provision considerations for your situation; and
-- Other topics, like irrigation systems, hay rent, pasture rental agreements, and grain bin rental will be covered as time allows.
The UNL Extension Educator team of, Allan Vyhnalek, Jessica Johnson, Monte Vandeveer, Robert Tigner, and Tim Lemmons, will present on these topics and provide common sense tips during the presentation. It is very helpful if both the tenant and landlord can attend together. It is also helpful if the spouse attends. Everyone is welcome to the workshop.
This free workshop is sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board and the North Central Risk Management Agency. Refreshments and handouts are provided.
This workshop has been held extensively across Nebraska for the past two years with over 2,200 attending. The vast majority of both landlords and tenants find the workshop to be very helpful in improving communications, setting rental terms, and learning about the use of flex lease provisions. As crop budgets are tighten, it is even more important to attend and listen to the latest discussion about leasing issues. Registrations are requested by Dec. 3 to insure adequate supplies for the participants. To register, contact the Cheyenne County Office at (308) 254-4455.
For more information or assistance, contact Allan Vyhnalek, extension educator, UNL Extension, Platte County, at 402-563-4901, e-mail email@example.com
Late Fall Seeding Risky
Cool season turfgrasses like Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type tall fescue are best seeded by September 15. While seeding might still be done successfully after October 1 with significant inputs and precautions, poor establishment and/or winterkill should be expected. Winterkill of all turfgrass plants can be through desiccation in dry windy areas, crown hydration in poorly drained areas, and/or direct low-temperature kill with dramatic temperature drops to extreme cold in the fall or winter. More at...
Fall Frost Dates
Many Nebraska corn and soybean fields were planted later than normal due to prolonged wet conditions last spring. Tapan Pathak, UNL Extension Educator for Climate Variability, summaries the earliest, latest, and average frost dates for Nebraska
Hail Damaged Corn and Ear Rot
Corn damaged from hail can not only be at risk of stalk rot, but ear rot can also be a concern. Ear rot conditions will impact corn storage risks and could lead to possibility of fusarium and micotoxins. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, discusses what you can look for and storage conditions key to limiting rot growth during storage. Additional information is available for Corn Disease Profile and Major Fusarium Diseases on Corn.
Opportunities for High Soybean Yields
On-farm research at the Soybean Management Field Days is providing insights to practices that can increase soybean yields. Greg Kruger, UNL Cropping Systems Specialists, discusses opportunities for increased yields based upon row spacing and plant populations. The Soybean Management Field Days are a joint effort of the Nebraska Soybean Board and UNL Extension.
UNL Extension's Hort Update
for October, 2013
An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items. Some topics featured this issue include: Kentucky bluegrass rust, late fall seeding risks and sodding, final fertilization, issues with over mulching, rabbit and deer protection, fall and winter watering, proper produce storage and more. Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update, Visit our web site for archived issues .
UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/
Acreage Insights e-News
The December Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team’s Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).
UNL Extension's BeefWatch for December 2013
Check out the October issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals, features antibiotic use guidelines, emergency management planning for livestock operations, pasture rangeland forage insurance and multiple additional topics. You mail subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu
Programs for Communities (Free)
As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!
Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities! For lessons....
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT).
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.