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Cover crops, beef cattle, research on display at field daysCover crops, beef cattle, research on display at field days

August is field day season across the state for University of Nebraska researchers.

Curt Arens

August 7, 2023

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Farmers attending a field day
LOOKING AT RESEARCH: Weed flaming research and technology, as pictured here at UNL Haskell Ag Lab near Concord, Neb., is among the many topics being covered in August at field days and demonstrations across the state. Curt Arens

If you wanted to travel around the state, you could take in a field day of some kind from University of Nebraska researchers almost every day — and on some days, two or three field days in one day.

We are not attempting to alert you about every field day scheduled here. But starting out with popular Soybean Management Field Day events — Aug. 8 at the Jason Jakob farm near Rockville; Aug. 9 at UNL Haskell Ag Lab at Concord; Aug. 10 at UNL Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center at Mead; and Aug. 11 at the Randy and Blake Huls farm near DeWitt — there are numerous field days and demonstrations that may be of interest to producers on topics related to crops and livestock.

Here is a look at some upcoming events:

Weed flaming workshop. For farmers interested in learning more about 10 years of UNL research on weed flaming, timing and technologies in the field, the Nebraska Weed Flaming Workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at UNL ENREEC near Mead.

The cost is $150 per registration, which includes lunch and one Flame Weeding Manual, and $10 for a spouse, co-worker or guest meal. Register by Aug. 8 at agronomy.unl.edu.

Cover crops and soil health field day. This field day, set for 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Aug. 22 at UNL ENREEC near Mead, will cover many aspects of the science related to soil health, including the value of the foundational soil health principles, the evaluation of soil health management practices, and several hands-on investigations and demonstrations.

Scheduled topics include deciphering the hidden clues of assessing soil health in croplands, summer cover crops for different goals, equipment for cover crop management and a tour of the biochar study. Learn more by contacting Katja Koehler-Cole at [email protected].

Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab open house. Producers are invited to join UNL Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab for its 24th annual open house Aug. 23, running from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT at Wagonhammer Education Center at GSL near Whitman.

This year’s format will include exhibitors — along with a cattle market update, long-range weather forecast, flexible grazing strategies, post-fire producer panel, young cow management, and retaining ownership as a cow-calf producer, along with research breakout sessions. Learn more at extension.unl.edu.

Panhandle Agriculture Research and Technology Tour. That same day, on Aug. 23, UNL Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center at Scottsbluff is hosting its annual agriculture research and technology tour, beginning at 8:30 a.m. MDT.

The free event includes topics such as management of Palmer amaranth, soil nutrient management in sugarbeets, irrigation research, managing diseases in specialty crops, an update on dry bean breeding programs, precision technology on white mold in dry beans, feedlot management, how cattle are good for the environment, an ag economics update, use of geophysics in environmental and engineering problems, and information on the international year of millets. Get more information at preec.unl.edu.

West Central Water and Crops Field Day. UNL West Central Research, Extension and Education Center at North Platte is hosting the 19th annual water and crops field day event Aug. 24, covering irrigation technology, cover crops, drones and western bean cutworm research, among other topics.

The day’s events, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include producer and industry panel discussions, tours, and a vendor show. Among the speakers are Jimmy Emmons, senior vice president, Climate Smart Programs, Trust in Food; John Schroeder, manager, Darr Feedlot; Sarah Carlson, director, Practical Farmers of Iowa; Grand Keenan, director, Cattle Management Walmart; and Jeff Huffman, corn producer for Frito-Lay.

Learn more and register by Aug. 21 for this free event at go.unl.edu.

Nebraska Extension corn and soybean clinics. Running from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Aug. 29 at UNL West Central REEC at North Platte — and the same times Aug. 31 at UNL ENREEC near Mead — these clinics bring a combined day of corn and soybean production training and research-based recommendations for improving yield and profit potential on these crops.

Topics will include irrigation management, plant pathology, entomology, weed science and nutrient management. The fee is $25 per person for those not needing certified crop adviser credits, and $75 for those needing CCA credits. The fees include lunch and reference materials.

Learn more at extension.unl.edu.

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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