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Warm and cool

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
KIMBALL, As spring enters a second month, conditions across the tri-state region continue to alternate between warm and cool as successive weather fronts flow from west to east across the nation.
Only a very little precipitation fell across the region last week, and the precipitation totals since early March have been on the paltry side.
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Higher seeding rate could improve corn yield

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
LINCOLN, Many Nebraska producers could increase their corn yields and profits this year by increasing seed rates at planting, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension soils specialist says.
According to current Nebraska research in UNL NebGuide G2216, Row Spacing and Seedling Rate for Corn in Nebraska (http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/g2216.pdf), profitable yield increases are likely by increasing plant population at harvest beyond the
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Nebraska Corn Board recognizes ag achievement, livestock, ethanol and media awardees


Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
LINCOLN, The Nebraska Corn Board presented its annual awards to four exceptional individuals during its Cooperator and Awards Dinner in Lincoln a few weeks ago.
For 23 years, the Nebraska Corn Board has acknowledged incomparable representatives in the livestock and ethanol industries, as well as awarding an individual in the media.
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Cow-calf commentary: Earth Day

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
KIMBALL, From Wikipedia: "Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year."
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This Arbor Day, follow these tips for planting new seedling trees

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
LINCOLN, Arbor Day, a day to remind us of the beauty and usefulness of trees and oftentimes a day to plant a new tree, is April 25 in Nebraska.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension/Nebraska Forest Service forester Dennis Adams says each year more than 1 million tree and shrub seedlings are planted in Nebraska.
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UW Extension hosts Management-intensive Grazing School near Glenrock

Modified: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
GLENROCK, Wyo., A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored in Glenrock by the University of Wyoming Extension.
The Management-intensive Grazing School is June 2-5 at the Duncan Ranch near Glenrock.
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Wyoming Beef Council meeting May 1-2

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo., The Wyoming Beef Council (WBC) will meet in Casper on May 2, 2014. Council members will hear funding requests and shape the marketing plan for fiscal year 2015.
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Draft horse driving clinic at Legacy of the Plains Museum

Posted: Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014
GERING, Legacy of the Plains Museum will host a draft horse driving clinic for beginners and novices on May 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day clinic will be led by experienced teamsters, including Harlen and Tammy Grunden from Grunden Ranch Morgans in Curtis, and Lynn Meyer and Rick Henderson.
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Cool conditions slowing spring greenup

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
KIMBALL, Following close on the heels of some idyllic spring weather, last weekend's winter storm brought a powerful reminder of nature's ultimate control of the weather to residents of the tri-state region.
As winter storms go, this one wasn't bad locally, though travel was disrupted to the east.
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Excitement over Brazilian biofuels

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LINCOLN, A group of Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.
The objective of this joint mission was to gain a better understanding of Brazil's role in the worldwide market of energy and agriculture and determine how Nebraska and the United States
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Audits and assessments in beef cattle production

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LINCOLN, Assessments and audits are becoming a part of doing business in beef cattle production, as we are seeing beef processors implementing third-party audits.
Since beginning as the Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) in July, I have been studying and gathering information on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Assessment Guides and third-party audits in the beef
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Cow-calf commentary: The struggle for sapiency

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
What makes us human?
By now, most of us are aware that the binomial name for human beings is Homo sapiens.
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Bulletin guides successful cut sunflower production

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., Sunflower growth and harvest in Wyoming is explored in a new University of Wyoming (UW) Extension bulletin.
"A Wyoming growers' reference guide to cut sunflowers," B-1253, provides in-depth information about growing environment, water, temperature, light requirements and the impact of cultivar variety.
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New booklet highlights native garden, landscape plants

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo., Regionally native plants that mix attitude and altitude with beauty are showcased in a new publication from the University of Wyoming (UW).
These plants will weather Wyoming's worst.
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Field crop scout training offered in May

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
MEAD, A May 6 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension crop scout training course will provide crop scouts an opportunity to enhance their skills.
The training is designed for entry-level scouts who will be working for crop consultants, industry agronomists or farm service centers across Nebraska and neighboring states, said Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator.
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Looking to wheat’s wild ancestors to combat an evolving threat

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn., U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world's most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Matt Rouse and Yue Jin, with the agency's Cereal Disease Research Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., found the
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