Attend upcoming programs in early January
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by Nathan Mueller
1M ago
Happy holidays from your land-grant university, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and your outreach arm of UNL called Nebraska Extension. As you wrap up your holiday plans and 2022, it is already time to start thinking about attending some winter educational programs offered by Nebraska Extension. If you are a landowner, farmer, or agricultural professional in Gage, Jefferson, and Saline counties, I encourage you to register and attend two upcoming Nebraska Extension programs in early January. The first program is a workshop covering agricultural land management and leasing considerati ..read more
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2022 Survey Results for Farm Custom Rates and Cash Rent
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
6M ago
Nebraska Extension released results from the 2022 surveys on farm custom rates, cash rent rates, and real estate values. Jim Jansen, Extension Educator for Agricultural Economics, led the 2022 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report, and Glennis McClure, Farm and Ranch Management Analyst Extension Educator, led the 2022 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Report. These are two highly sought publications because they provide farmers and landowners baseline information to help facilitate discussions and make decisions around land sales, cash rent, and custom farm operation rates. The 2022 Nebraska Farm Real Est ..read more
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Turkey Creek Producers Eligible for Cost Share
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by Nathan Mueller
7M ago
The Lower Big Blue Natural Resource District (NRD), in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) and Nebraska Extension would like to notify landowners in Turkey Creek watershed that applications for conservation work are now being accepted.  Turkey Creek is one of two priority watersheds through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in impaired watersheds located in eastern Nebraska. Participants have until July 15th to apply at the NRCS in ..read more
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Local Chemigation Trainings in March
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
Chemigation is the process of applying chemicals to land/crops with water from an irrigation system. Chemical is broadly defined as any fertilizer, herbicide, fungicide, or pesticides mixed with the irrigation water during application. In southeast Nebraska, the most common chemigation process is applying liquid nitrogen fertilizer through a center pivot. Applying nitrogen fertilizer through pivots during the growing season can match corn hybrid nitrogen uptake demand and can improve nitrogen use efficiency. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) requires certified chemigati ..read more
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The Nebraska Mesonet: Weather Stations and Much More
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
What do you think about when you hear or read the word weather? In my role as an agronomist or more specifically as the Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I think of complexity and integration. Of the over 500 stakeholder calls I have received this year, weather or climate was something that I had to consider when answering most of them. New weather station being installed near Wilber. Photo credit: Stonie Cooper, Applied Meteorologist, with the Nebraska Climate Office. The Nebraska Mesonet (https://mesonet.unl.edu) is a statewide w ..read more
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Local Chemigation Trainings in March for Saline, Jefferson, and Gage counties
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
Chemigation is the process of applying chemicals to land/crops with water from an irrigation system. Chemical is broadly defined as any fertilizer, herbicide, fungicide, or pesticides mixed with the irrigation water during application. In southeast Nebraska, the most common chemigation process is applying liquid nitrogen fertilizer through a center pivot. Applying nitrogen fertilizer through pivots during the growing season can match corn hybrid nitrogen uptake demand and can improve nitrogen use efficiency. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) requires certified chemigati ..read more
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Soybean Micronutrients: Series Summary
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
One minute short summary aired on KWBE Radio I introduced the weekly series in September and have since wrote about boron, chloride, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel and zinc. I covered how each micronutrient is essential to soybeans, known deficiencies or toxicities in the region, factors of micronutrient availability in soil, soil and plant tissue testing, and fertilizer recommendations. Interest and concern about micronutrient needs of soybeans is common due to higher yields than in previous decades and the increased availability of micronutrient fertilizers in both liqui ..read more
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Micronutrients in Soybeans: Boron
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
Figure 1. 2020 boron (B) toxicity in demonstration plots at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Saunders County from surface banded boron application at planting. One-minute summary aired on KWBE Radio Welcome to part two of the micronutrients in soybeans column series. Last week I introduced the series and set the stage for discussing boron (B) this week, our first micronutrient of nine that I plan to cover. I will cover how boron is essential to soybeans, known deficiencies and toxicities in the region, factors of boron availability in soil, soil and plant tissue testing, a ..read more
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Jefferson County Crop Tour June 15
Irrigation – Crop Tech Cafe
by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
June – 15 route (115 miles) highlighted with a white path.Corn Overall, the corn crop was in pretty could shape. Growth stages ranged from V6 to V10 (page 141 in 2019 pocket guide) and ranged in height from 18″ to 30″ tall (Figure 1). Many irrigated fields had plant populations ranging in the low 30s (Figure 2) while rainfed stands ranged throughout the 20s. The only two pivots I saw running could have been applying nitrogen or fertigating. Expression of heat/temporary moisture stress was evident but highly variable from one side of the road to the other. Variation in visible stress (not a con ..read more
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KWBE 1450 AM Radio Extension Updates: Week of Jan. 20-24
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by Nathan Mueller
1y ago
Monday, January 20: Introduction 1_IntroductionDownload This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your new local agronomist with Nebraska Extension for Saline, Jefferson and Gage counties. What is a Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems or Agronomy Educator? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has three key mission as a land-grant institution including teaching, research, and extension. Nebraska Extension is charged with extending or sharing fact-based research results with you. It is my responsibility to develop and deliver local crops and water educational programs and resources in Saline, Jefferson, and Gag ..read more
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