Extension Board Openings
The University of Nebraska Butler County Extension has 2 openings for board members beginning January 2015. These positions represent David City. Eligible citizens must be registered voters. Members will represent the views of David City residents, and attend meetings on a regular basis for which they receive monetary compensation. Completed application forms (PDF 10 KB) are due December 1, 2014. More information is available from the Butler County Extension office (451 N 5th Street), 402.367.7410.
Butler County Farm Bill Meeting
The Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension will be hosting a joint meeting covering the 2014 Farm Program Elections on 11/18/2014 at 1:00pm. Topics covered will include Base Reallocation, Yield Updates, and Program Election/Enrollment into ARC/PLC. Speaker will be Tim Lemmons, UNL Extension Educator. Contact UNL Extension Butler County with questions, 402-367-7410.
Tuesday November 18
Knights of Columbus Building
517 N. 4th Street, David City, NE
Click the live link to download the 2015 Beef Cattle Report.
Black Cutworm Moths Being Caught In Butler County
Several pheromone traps are currently employed in Butler County to monitor flights of black cutworms moths. Data from these traps indicate that growers and field scouts should be aware of potential damage in 2014.
Activity was noted the last week of April when monitoring began. See the trapping graph (PDF 6 KB) for the dates and numbers collected. Some guidelines indicate that 8 moths in a two night period is a fairly heavy flight. The last week of April saw 7 moths in a 3 day period, and these were under windy conditions.
For more information about cutworm moths and their damage, see the attached article on "Cutworm Biology".
Butler County Research Reports
Research experiment reports for Corn, Soybeans, Forages and Other miscellaneous projects.
2014 Butler County Agricultural Update
The Butler County Agricultural Update, Winter 2014, (14720 KB) is available on-line. Topics include:
- Butler County Producers Eligible for 2012 Drought/Heat Related Losses
- USDA Disaster Assistance Information
- Increasing Smooth Brome Forage Production
- Water Related: Evapotranspiration/precipitation and Groundwater Level Changes
- Gyphosate Resistant Weed Research in Soybeans-Butler County
- Delaying/Preventing Pesticide Resisitance
- Handy BT Trait Table
- Fruit Tree Production Workshop
Contact UNL Extension in Butler County at 402-367-7410 or email email@example.com for more information.
Introducing "Ag Transitions"
We would like to introduce you to AgTransitions. Developed by the Center for Farm Financial Management and a nationally known team of educators, AgTransitions provides a means for farm and ranch families to develop a written transition plan on the web.
AgTransitions is built on the same framework as its companion product, the AgPlan business planning tool. AgTransitions provides users with a built in "curriculum" in the form of an outline for sections that might be included in a plan, tips for each section, web resources, and worksheets. Most importantly, it allows family members to communicate with each other and outside reviewers (like you) as they develop their plan. AgTransitions is not intended to replace farm succession planning workshops. Rather, it provides a means for producers to put what they have learned into action while allowing you, as an educator, to follow-up on their progress.
For a quick overview of AgTransitions, go to the AgTransitions Website and watch the introductory video on the home page.
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the AgTransitions development team:
- John Baker, Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University
- Laurie Dickinson, Only Connect, St. Paul, Minnesota
- Dave Goeller, University of Nebraska
- Marsha Goetting, Montana State University
- Gary Hachfeld, University of Minnesota
- Jeff Johnson, Texas Tech University
- Steve Richards, Farm Credit East
- Mike Sciabarrasi, University of New Hampshire
- Jeff Tranel, Colorado State University
The CFFM team included Dale Nordquist, Jeff Reisdorfer, Kevin Klair and Bob Craven. AgTransitions was developed with grant funding provided by the North Central, Northeast, and Western Risk Management Education Centers.
Human cases of influenza A (H1N1) - commonly referred to as swine flu - have been identified in several states and in other countries. This is a new influenza A virus that has not been identified in people before, and human-to-human transmission of the virus appears to be ongoing. For science-based facts you should know, go to:
2015 Butler County Fair
July 21-26, 2015!
The 2014 4-H Fairbook and Open Class Fairbooks are available online. The corrected 4-H edition fixes an error in livestock showmanship premium. Livestock showmanship receives a ribbon, no premium. See you at the fair!
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New or newly revised publications are posted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Publications Web site. Here you can browse our catalogue (use the topic headers in the left navigation) or search for topics of interest.
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Marketing 2014 Calves
With current price levels, cow/calf producers could see good profits when selling 2014 calves. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. UNL's Beef website features more information on Livestock Risk Protection Insurance and determining costs of production.
Storing Distillers Grains
Distillers grains have become much cheaper, compared with earlier in the year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. More resources on storing distillers grains can be found here.
UNL Extension's Hort Update for August 18, 2014
An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items. Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update, Visit our web site for archived issues .
UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/
Acreage Insights e-News for September 2014
The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).
UNL Extension's BeefWatch for September 2014
Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu
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