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Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium will be held at the Wesleyan Church in Imperial Nebraska on February 8 with registration at 9:00 AM and the program starting at 9:30 AM MT.  The program was developed by Extension Educators and Specialists from Colorado State University, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska.  The emphasis of this symposium is Strategies for Success.  Topics for the program include:

  • Range Management – How Drought Affects Calf Weight and Nutrition by Travis Mulliniks,  Extension Range Beef Nutrition Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Rainfall – Based Pasture Insurance by Monte Vandeveer, Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas State University
  • Leasing Pasture, Tenant Dealing with Drought by Robert Tigner, Agricultural Economics Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
  • Cattle Trace Pilot Project – What is it and why should you care? By Cassie Kniebel, Project Manager, Cattle Trace, Kansas State University
  • Trouble Shooting Low Pregnancy Rates by Gregg Hanzlicek, Interim Associate Director and Director of Field Investigations, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
  • Legacy & Succession Planning by Allan Vyhnalek, Farm & Ranch Succession Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Producer Panel on Succession Planning Rita Hogsett, Champion NE and Ken Grecian, Palco Kansas

To register, send registration form to Lincoln County Extension Office, 348 W State Farm Road, North Platte Nebraska 69101.  The cost is $30 or $50 per couple and students $10.  If you are interested in a booth, the cost is $150.  The program will be held at the Wesleyan Church, 1710 Wesley Drive, Imperial Nebraska 69033.  For more information, contact Randy Saner at 308-532-2683 or the Chase County Extension Office at 308-882-4731.  Website link to the program is https://go.unl.edu/ftiu or the brochure link is  https://go.unl.edu/k440

 Turning manure nutrients into better crop yields while protecting the environment will be the focus of eight Nebraska Extension workshops across the state in February.

 “The workshops will help livestock producers put to use the nutrient management planning requirements of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality regulations and increase the economic value of manure,” said Leslie Johnson, animal manure management coordinator at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

 Participants who attend the daylong event will receive NDEQ land application training certification. Livestock producers with livestock waste control facility permits received or renewed since April 1998 must be certified, and farms must complete an approved training every five years. Recertification will occur during the first two hours of the land application training. Farm personnel responsible for land application of manure are encouraged to attend either the initial or recertification portion of the training.

 The morning portion of the workshops will consist of a two-hour program that includes updates on changing regulations and other manure management topics, such as using weather forecasting to decrease odor risk and transferring manure off a livestock operation. All farm staff responsible for implementing the farm’s nutrient plan are encouraged to attend.

 Pre-registration is required for all workshops. The initial training workshop costs $60 per operation (includes one representative) plus $15 for each additional participant to cover local expenses, including lunch. The recertification portion of the workshop costs $30.

 Pre-register at least eight business days before the workshop at http://go.unl.edu/lat or by using the form in the program brochure at https://go.unl.edu/lat-2019.


The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Animal Manure Management Team, which is dedicated to helping livestock and crop producers better utilize manure resources for agronomic and environmental benefits.


The workshops begin at 9 a.m. Dates and locations are:


Alliance: Feb. 5, extension office, 415 Black Hills Ave.

O’Neill: Feb. 6, extension office, 128 North 6th St., Suite 100

 Curtis: Feb. 7, education center, 404 E. 7th St., Room 137

 West Point: Feb. 20, Nielsen Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave.

 Lexington: Feb. 20, extension office, 1002 Plum Creek Parkway

 Columbus: Feb. 21, extension office, 2715 13th St.

 Wilber: Feb. 26, extension office, 306 W. 3rd St.

 York: Feb. 27, 4-H Building, 2345 Nebraska Ave.

Ag producers from across the Midwest came to Kearney to learn more about pulse crops at UNL’s Pulse Crop Expo. The expo was started with opening keynote speaker Luscas Haag, a K-State researcher with nearly a decade of pulse experience.  Haag spoke to producers about the plant properties and his current research in growing pulses. Following the opening keynote producers had numerous breakout sessions to choose from. As well as networking opportunities with the seed dealers and end users that were also in attendance. The expo has been spearheaded by UNL extension researcher Strahinja Stepanovic and he was excited to see the strong producer turnout.

Pulses are a leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed. Dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.

For many farmers in Nebraska and surrounding states pulses are becoming a popular cover crop option. There use as livestock feed and forage is also starting to gain popularity.  One organic operation near Bertrand Nebraska is using pea’s in their crop rotation to help battle palmer amaranth.

Over the last year ag producers have become accustom to volatile international trade and its effect on commodity markets. The UNL Pulse Crop Expo offered an opportunity to  for some to see if pulses could be a cash crop alternative. Todd Schulz, of the USA dry pea and lentil council, showed that pulses are under the same pressure as general commodities like corn, soybeans and wheat.