Crops for the Future
LANDLORD/TENANT CASH LEASE WORKSHOP
Crop Production Clinics Offer Continuing Education
The annual Crop Production Clinics will help producers and professionals alike to improve profitability, sustainability and safety
The clinics are the primary venue for commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the Ag Plant, Regulatory and Demonstration/Research categories.
Certified Crop Advisors can earn a maximum of six continuing education units when they bring their CCA number to apply. Available units include: six for integrated pest management, two for soil and water, one for nutrient management, one for crop production and two for professional development.
NEBRASKA HAY AND FORAGE HOTLINE
Nebraska Farmers who have drought damaged corn which could be swathed and baled, chopped, or grazed can list that on the Nebraska Hay and Forage Hotline. The hotline is available free of charge for buyers and seller to list feed resources. Call the hotline at 1-800-422-6692 to list the forage you have or to list your need for forage.
The information link is on the University of Nebraska Extension drought website. It can also be accessed at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Website . In the upper left corner of the Websibe use the search NE Ag to query Hay and Forage Hotline
SOME PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Rental Agreement Lease Forms (free to download - PDF format)
- Cash Farm Lease (with Flexible Provisions) NCR-76
- Crop-share or Crop-share/Cash Farm Lease NCR-77
- Irrigation Crop-share or Crop-share/Cash Farm Lease NCR-106
- Pasture Lease CR-109
- Farm Building or Livestock Facility Lease NCR-215
A Guide for Communication in Livestock Operations, EC142
Over 250 words and phrases related to livestock production have been translated from English to Spanish to farm and ranch workers, and others communicate more easily.
2012 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part I, EC823
Results of a spring survey of farm custom rates for spring and summer operations, including planting and small grains harvest. Based on surveys of custom operators in eight regions of Nebraska and updated every two years.
2012 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates – Part II, EC826
Results of a spring survey of farm custom rates for fall, winter and miscellaneous operations, including harvest, transportation and making silage. It's based on surveys of custom operators in eight regions of Nebraska and updated every two years.
Fall Seed Guide 2010, EC103
Results of 2010 variety tests for winter wheat, alfalfa, and oats. See the CropWatch Variety Testing Web Site for further variety test results.
Spring Seed Guide 2011, EC101
Corn, soybean, sunflower and alfalfa 2010 variety test results from University of Nebraska-Lincoln field trials, with site descriptions and commentary. For more information or to compare results to previous years, visit the Variety Testing section of CropWatch.
2011 Guide to Weed Management in Nebraska with Insecticide and Fungicide Information, EC130
Research results and recommendations on weed management in Nebraska crop production, now with fungicide and insecticide information for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Use the Table of Contents and bookmarks to access specific sections. A print edition of this 262-page Extension circular is available from either the Holt or Boyd Extension offices or can be ordered online at https://middleloup.unl.edu/zen. Cost is $10.
Nebraska Crop Budgets, 2012, EC 872
Track revenue and costs for 13 crops and 50 cropping systems using the 2011 Nebraska crop budget and energy conversion worksheets. This EC also contains tables of power, machinery, labor, and input costs used to develop the budgets.
Soybean Planting Date – When and Why, EC145
UNL research suggests that soybeans planted before May 1 in Nebraska will often outyield those planted after that date. Learn why this happens and view three years of yield data from eastern Nebraska. Also includes risks to early planting.
Alfalfa Insects I
Photos and identification information for insect pests of alfalfa in Nebraska, including alfalfa weevil; clover leaf weevil; blister beetles; army, variegated and dingy cutworms; alfalfa caterpillar, and the green cloverworm. The first of two publications on this topic.
Alfalfa Insect II
Photos and identification information for insect pests of alfalfa in Nebraska, including the pea, spotted alfalfa, cowpea, and blue alfalfa aphids; potato leafhopper; and plant bug. The second of two publications on this topic.
Beneficial Insects I
Photos and identification information for beneficial insects of Nebraska crops, including minute pirate bug, damsel bug, green lacewing, spined soldier bug, brown lacewing, big-eyed bug, and assassin bug. The first of two publications on this topic.
Beneficial Insects II
Photos and identification information for beneficial insects of Nebraska crops, including lady beetles, ground beetles, flower fly, ichneumonid wasp, braconid wasp, phytoseid mite, and the tachinid fly. The second of two publications on this topic.
Corn Insects I
Photos and identification information for insect pests of corn in Nebraska, including European corn borer, western bean cutworm, corn earworm, black cutworm, armyworm, fall armyworm, and common stalk borer. The first of two publications on this topic.
Corn Insects II
Photos and identification information for insect pests of corn in Nebraska, including western and northern corn rootworms, seed corn maggot, wireworm, southern corn leaf beetle, corn leaf aphid, twospotted spider mite, banks grass mite, corn flea beetle; white grub, chinch bugs and seed corn beetle. The second of two publications on this topic.
Grasshoppers of Nebraska
This field guide to Nebraska grasshoppers includes color plates, species descriptions, coverage maps and more.
Additional Publications can be found at: http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/index.jsp
(To identify publications of interest to you, browse the publication topics or use the search engine. Many publications are available in a Web-friendly format as well as a printer-friendly PDF format.)
WEB SITE OF INTEREST
Help to Track Tax Changes
As more USDA programs are linked in multiple ways to federal income tax returns, there is an increasing need to have accurate information available for farmers, ranchers and other producers.
According to Ruby Ward, Utah State University Cooperative Extension economist and co-chair of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee, a new Web site has been created to provide agricultural producers with a source for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both current and easy to understand. Ward is project lead and received a grant from USDA-Risk Management Agency to create the website. Utah State Cooperative Extension hosts the site.
"Rural Tax Education is a project undertaken by the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee to provide accurate, reviewed materials about income tax topics for farmers, ranchers and other producers," Ward says. "This information is written in plain language that is accessible to farmers and ranchers. Rather than just a collection of materials, it is a website that can be continually updated to reflect changes in tax laws."
Ward points out that the committee has more than 50 years of working with the Internal Revenue Service to edit "Publication 225: The Farmer's Tax Guide." The committee is comprised of representatives from more than 12 land-grant universities around the country.
The recently launched website includes 20 peer-reviewed fact sheets on such topics as the definition of a farmer, depreciation and 1099 information returns. It also includes a sample federal income tax return with a farming example and links to other verified information.
"Information is available, but not all of it is accurate and dependable," Ward notes. "Links on the RuralTax.org website will go to information that's been determined to be accurate and beneficial. With additional funding and commitment, the website will expand over time."
Access the new tax Web site at http://ruraltax.org for more information about the project, or you can contact Ward at: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Source: eXtension.org and Pork News staff
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December 5, 2014
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is launching a new project focused on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) will implement 20 on-farm research sites each year over the next three years.
Richard Ferguson, UNL Extension Soil Specialist, is leading the project which will focus on crop canopy sensors to direct variable-rate, in-season nitrogen application in corn. See more on Project SENSE in the Farm Research section of CropWatch. If you're interested in participating in this or another on-farm research project, contact Laura Thompson at email@example.com or 402-624-8033. Read more.
- Selecting Corn Hybrids for Silage. You know what to look for when choosing corn hybrids for grain — yield, standability, maturity, and pest resistance — but what should you look for in silage? It may not be what you think.
- Dec. 5 Market Journal: Soybean Prices, Effects of Crude OIl Supply, 2015 Crop Budgets, and the Forecast for Next Week
Programs & Resources
- Nebraska Extension Seminars at Dec. 9-11 Farm Power Show. Learn more about UAVs, the farm bill, cover crops and more
- UNL and FSA are Hosting Farm Bill Meetings across the state to provide key information for program selection.
- Free Farm Finance and Legal Aid Clinics in December. Confidential meetings with an ag law attorney or ag financial counselor.
- Farm Bill Decision Tool Workshops at Alliance, Sidney, Scottsbluff starting Dec. 1. Seating limited to 10 per site so register early.
- Field Assessments to Improve Efficiency -- Workshops being held in eastern Nebraska Dec. 8-11. Calculate your fieldprint for 8 key indicators.
- Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo Dec. 18 in Wahoo. University and industry speakers and commercial exhibits.
- Postponed: Ag Financial Health Check-Ups in Bridgeport and Scottsbluff. How well are you positioned to cover liabilities in 2015? Bring your records and your questions.
- UNL Crop Production Clinics Slated for January. High impact training for ag professionals and research updates for Nebraska cropping systems and pest management strategies.
Making A Difference
Impact Summary Reports
- UNL Extension Impact Report
- Beef Systems
- 4-H Impact Report
- The Learning Child
- Guardianship / Conservator Training Program
- Agricultural Economics
- Cropping Systems Productivity
- Crop / Plant Science - Youth Education
- Food, Nutrition & Health
- Agriculture Water Management
- Animal Manure Management
- Water, Climate & Environment - Community
- Business Ventures and Innovation
- Nebraska Broadband Initiative
- Entrepreneurial Communities
- ESI and Beyond
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.