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Thursday February 23, 2017
Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show
Nebraska boasts 30 wineries, more than 100 grape growers, and numerous national and international wine awards of excellence. The 20th annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show will be held March 2–4 at the Omaha Marriot and will feature speakers, wine tasting and vendors. Paul Read, University of Nebraska Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture.MP3
http://viticulture.unl.edu/20th-annual-nebraska-winery-and-grape-growers-forum-and-trade-show

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Wednesday February 22, 2017
Nitrogen Management
As planting season approaches, it's critical to have a nitrogen management plan for the upcoming growing season. It's important to understand how much nitrogen to apply and when. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/managing-and-preparing-nitrogen-loss

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Monday February 6, 2017
On Farm Research Meetings
Farm operators and agronomists are invited to attend the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network research update program offered at five locations around the state. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability. Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension Cropping and Ag Technology Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/on-farm-research

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Friday January 27, 2017
Ag Tech Conference
Tune up your precision ag skills and network with other growers and industry professionals at the 2017 Nebraska Ag Technology Association Conference Feb. 1-2 in Lincoln. Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Educator.MP3
http://neata.org

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Tuesday January 24, 2017
Soybean Fertility
Soybeans remove significant amounts of nutrients per bushel of grain harvested. Nutrient uptake in soybeans early in the season is relatively small. However as they grow and develop, the daily rate of nutrient uptake increases. This should be taken into account in an overall nutrient management plan. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/soybeans/soils

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Wednesday January 11, 2017
Crop Management Conference
The Nebraska Crop Management Conference will be held Jan. 19-20 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. With two half-day workshops, 23 program sessions, and recertification options, attendees will be able to customize their learning experience by registering for those sessions most pertinent to their farming operation. Chris Proctor, Nebraska Weed Management Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/ncmc-2017

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Monday December 26, 2016
Fremont Corn Expo
Information to improve corn production, marketing, and utilization will be the focus of the Jan. 5 Fremont Corn Expo. Registration for the free event begins at 8 a.m. at Christensen Field. Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/fremont-corn-expo-jan-8-strategies-stay-competitive

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Wednesday December 7, 2016
Seed Corn Selection for 2017
With commodity prices lower than past years farmers need to begin developing budgets for 2017. Hybrid corn choice continues to be a complicated process for farmers, but keep in mind 2016 disease challenges. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/aaron-saeugling/11-key-factors-consider-2017-hybrid-selection-part-1

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Monday December 5, 2016
EPA Registers Xtendimax
Farmers will now have a dicamba formulation to use in soybean crops genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide for the 2017 growing season. Farmers will be required to follow specific application requirements including specific nozzles. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/understanding-roundup-ready-2-xtend™-soybean-weed-management-system

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Thursday November 24, 2016
Phosphorus Decisions
Producers need to look at managing soil nutrient inputs, such as phosphorus and lime in a sustainable way, given current crop prices. Soil testing and setting critical nutrient level thresholds are important. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/soils

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Wednesday November 9, 2016
Grain Marketing Workshops
Grain marketing workshops will be offered at several sites across Nebraska starting in November to help grain producers minimize losses during this time of low prices. Topics include developing a written marketing plan, understanding basis and carrying charges. The workshops feature the "Marketing in a New Era" simulator and the Grain Marketing Plan smartphone application. Robert Tigner, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/grain-marketing-workshop-offered-in-bladen-december-6th/

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Monday October 24, 2016
Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation
Many Nebraska farmers are feeling the financial impact of Syngenta’s bioengineered corn rejected by China, resulting in lower domestic corn prices. Affected Nebraska corn farmers will begin receiving written notice soon informing them that they are automatically included in the Nebraska producer class and the national producer class lawsuit. Dave Aiken, Nebraska Extension Ag and Water Law Specialist.MP3
http://farm.unl.edu/documents/syngenta-litigation-october-16.pdf

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Wednesday October 19, 2016
Beneficial Insects
Not all crop and garden insects are bad; in fact over 95% of insects don’t cause trouble at all. These beneficial insects provide a service, pollinating crops or preying on trouble pests. Jeff Bradshaw, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec1578.pdf

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Wednesday September 14, 2016
Stalk Nitrate Test
Taking time this fall to conduct a stalk nitrate test can help you "grade" your current nitrogen application rate and provides key information on which to base any changes for next spring. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/use-fall-corn-stalk-tests-guide-nitrogen-rates

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Monday September 12, 2016
Nebraska Extension at Husker Harvest Days
Agricultural producers attending Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island Sept. 13-15 will learn ways to maintain profitability while addressing challenges from the state's climate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources exhibit. Ron Seymour, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/unl-exhibits-focus-climate-weather-ready-farms-hhd

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Thursday September 8, 2016
Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn Confirmed
Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn has now been confirmed in Nebraska as well as in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. The disease had not been previously identified in the U.S., but had been reported on corn in South Africa. No research evidence is available to predict its potential impact on yield. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/bacterial-leaf-streak-corn-confirmed-nebraska

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Tuesday August 23, 2016
UNL Hops Research
There are currently 32 identified commercial craft breweries in Nebraska that are sourcing a majority of their hops from out of state. This project will evaluate the potential for commercial hops production by specialty crop growers in Nebraska given the demand nationally is increasing linearly. Keeran Amundsen and Stacy Adams, University of Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.MP3
http://agronomy.unl.edu/nebraska-hops

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Thursday August 18, 2016
Corn and Soybean Production School
The Corn and Soybean Production School will be held August 25th at the University of Nebraska ARDC near Mead. The school will provide research based management recommendations for improving yield potential. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/2016CMDCFlyer-Corn%26SoybeanAug25.pdf

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Thursday August 11, 2016
Crop Diagnostic Clinics
The ARDC near Mead, will host two upcoming crop clinics. The August 24th, “Late Season Diagnostic Clinic,” provides timely information at a crucial point in the growing season. The “Corn and Soybean Production School” will follow on August 25th, providing research and management recommendations for improving yield potential. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/2016CMDCFlyer-LateSeasonAug24.pdf

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Tuesday August 9, 2016
Corn Disease Update
Warm temperatures and strong southern winds have carried Southern Rust to many cornfields in Nebraska. This pathogen can be damage the plant resulting in lower yields. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/corn/southern-rust

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Monday August 8, 2016
Soybean Days
Soil fertility will be one of the topics presented at the upcoming soybean management field days. Researchers will look at the impact of applying phosphorus and sulfur in a soil fertility management plan. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil ScientistMP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/soydays

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Wednesday August 3, 2016
Cleaning Pesticide Application Equipment
Cleaning pesticide spray equipment between crops or after use for the year means exercising precautions. As much as 15 gallons of product can remain in the tank after it's been emptied, due to the volume in the lines and filters. A thorough cleaning can help avoid contamination. Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Assistant, Pesticide Safety Education.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/cleaning-pesticide-application-equipment

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Monday August 1, 2016
Soybean Management Field Days
The 17th annual Soybean Management Field Days will be held at four locations around the state Aug. 11-14 and will focus on staying competitive in a global marketplace. The field days will offer producers unbiased and research-based information to improve their soybean profitability. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/soydays

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Thursday July 28, 2016
Japanese Beetles
Japanese beetle adults are beginning to emerge in eastern Nebraska. Their distribution has been increasing the last few years and they are being seen in corn and soybeans more frequently, in addition to feeding on landscape trees and shrubs. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/japanese-beetles-emerging-identification-key-management

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Tuesday July 19, 2016
Western Bean Cutworm Eggs in Corn
Farmers and crop consultants should begin scouting cornfields for Western Bean Cutworm Eggs. Control decisions should be made shortly after the moth flight peaks, usually in early to mid-July. Julie Peterson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/begin-scouting-western-bean-cutworm-eggs-corn

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Friday July 22, 2016
Hop Production
Craft brewing is an emerging industry in Nebraska, producing 33,939 barrels per year and having a direct economic impact of $424 million dollars. As hop production acres have decreased world wide, Nebraska hop growers are look to fill the emerging specialty market. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://agronomy.unl.edu/nebraska-hops

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Thursday July 21, 2016
Youth Crop Scouting Competition
The 3rd annual crop scouting competition for Nebraska youth will take place at the UNL ARDC building near Mead, on August 2, 2016. The competition provides students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for corn and soybeans. Brandy VanDewalle, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropscoutingcompetition

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Monday July 4, 2016
Herbicide-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Management Field Day
Nebraska Extension will be hosting a resistant Palmer Amaranth management field day Tuesday, July 12, near Shickley. The field day will include field experiments demonstrating how to control resistant Palmer amaranth in pastures and seed corn production fields in Nebraska. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/resistant-palmer-amaranth-management-field-day-shickley

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Thursday June 30, 2016
Rescue Treatments of Nitrogen
A rescue treatment is when an additional and previously unplanned nitrogen treatment is applied. The need for more nitrogen may be indicated by yellowing of corn from environmental factors, most likely too much water, or volatilization loss. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/nitrogen-rescue-treatments-corn

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Thursday June 23, 2016
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network
Nebraska Extension has a long history in on-farm research, addressing critical production, profitability, and natural resources issues. The on-farm research team will develop a custom research plan to help you get reliable information when making future decisions. Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems and Ag Technologies Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch

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Friday June 17, 2016
Corn Nematodes
This year nematode damage in many Nebraska fields have been masked by the ample rainfall. Now is the best time to scout and sample for nematode populations. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/corn-nematodes-scout-sandy-soils-now-other-soils-any-time

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Wednesday June 15, 2016
Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics
The midsummer session of the crop management diagnostic clinic will be held July 13th at the ARDC near Mead. Topics will include soybean insect scouting, center pivot efficacy, cover crops, genetic resistance management, weed control and weather outlooks. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/cmdc.shtml

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Tuesday June 14, 2016
Weed Management Field Day
UNL’s weed management field day will be held June 29th at Clay Center. The field day will include on-site demonstrations of new technology/herbicides for weed control in corn and soybean. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://agronomy.unl.edu/weedresistmgt

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Wednesday June 8, 2016
Water Sensors
The Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network is a system for testing cutting-edge technologies and creating a network with growers, UNL Extension, NRDs and NRCS, that will enable the adoption of water and energy conservation practices. Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://nawmn.unl.edu

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Tuesday June 7, 2016
Corn Seedling Diseases
Cool soil temperatures and recent rainfall are especially favorable for some of the most common and damaging seedling diseases. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://plantpathology.unl.edu/plant-pest-diagnostic-clinic

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Wednesday June 1, 2016
Youth Crop Scouting Competition
The 3rd annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth will be held at the ARDC near Mead on August 2, 2016. Students will learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management for corn and soybeans. Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropscoutingcompetition

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Wednesday May 25, 2016
Soybean Seedling Disease
Wet field conditions from recent rainfall events across Nebraska may put early planted soybeans at added risk for seedling diseases. John Wilson, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/soybeans

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Wednesday May 11, 2016
Glyphosate Resistant Waterhemp
The evolution and widespread distribution of herbicide-resistant weeds and their management is a challenge for crop producers and land managers. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/multiple-herbicide-resistant-weeds-and-challenges-ahead

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Monday May 9, 2016
Nitrogen Loss
Farmers can’t control the weather, or how much rain they get, but they can control how much nitrogen they apply and when. Ensuring nitrogen stays in the root zone and available to the growing crop is essential. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/managing-and-preparing-nitrogen-loss

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Wednesday May 4, 2016
Burndown Herbicide Efficacy
Low temperatures and wet weather can negatively impact herbicide performance. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/weather-factors-affecting-performance-burndown-herbicides

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Tuesday May 3, 2016
Dry Edible Beans
Nebraska dry edible bean producers plant anywhere from 140,000 to 200,000 acres of beans in a typical year. Nebraska ranks 1st nationally in the production of great northern beans. Jim Schild, University of Nebraska Associate Director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/drybeans

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Thursday April 28, 2016
In-Season Nitrogen Programs
New in season programs allow farmers to adjust the amount of nitrogen the crop needs based on weather, soil moisture conditions and forecasted yields. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/managing-and-preparing-nitrogen-loss

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Wednesday April 27, 2016
New Corn and Soybean Herbicides
Several new herbicides have been registered for weed control in corn and soybean. These herbicides do not have an active ingredient with a new mode of action, but rather are pre-mixtures of existing herbicides. They can provide excellent weed control if applied according to label directions. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/new-corn-herbicides-2016

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Friday April 22, 2016
Wheat Stem Sawfly
New research in the Panhandle has lead to the discovery of high yields with solid stem, sawfly-resistant wheat, among other findings. Jeff Bradshaw, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/wheat-stem-sawfly-infestations-continue-impact-western-nebraska

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Wednesday April 20, 2016
Early Season Corn Seedling Diseases
With recent fluctuation in temperature and weather conditions, certain weather-dependent fungal diseases may develop in stored grain and corn seedlings that need to be managed and treated. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/plantdisease/corn

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Tuesday April 19, 2016
Field Crop Scout Training Session
Coming up on Wednesday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ARDC near Mead will be holding the 2016 Introductory Level Field Crop Scout Training Session. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
ardc.unl.edu/cmwp.shtml

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Wednesday April 13, 2016
Micronutrient Supplementation
Since crop production has increased over the years causing the amount of micronutrient extraction to increase as well, farmers are considering micronutrient supplementation as a means to increase yields. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Scientist.MP3
http://go.unl.edu/0twb

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Tuesday April 12, 2016
Early Season Management of Giant Ragweed
Because giant ragweed’s early emergence, competition and difficulty to control, management of this weed is both important and challenging. Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist.MP3
http://acreage.unl.edu/Ragweed

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Thursday April 7, 2016
Spring Bugwatch
Two insects to watch for this summer are the Emerald Ash Borer and Brown marmorated stink bug. Both insects are expected to cause millions of dollars in damages to trees and crops across the state. Jim Kalisch, Nebraska Extension Entomologist. MP3
http://entomology.unl.edu/extension

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Friday March 25, 2016
Corn Residue Research
A recent study conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln looked at farmer’s perceptions on grazing corn residue. Many of these producers surveyed felt grazing would result in soil compaction; however, research indicates otherwise. Tim Shaver, Nebraska Extension Nutrient Management Specialist.MP3
http://marketjournal.unl.edu/

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Thursday March 10, 2016
Crop Insurance
Nebraska farmers are entering the production year with lower grain prices that could result in increased chances of financial losses. Farm risks, prices, yield and costs vary across the state, making it difficult to recommend crop insurance to help with these potential losses. Cory Walters, Nebraska Extension Economist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics

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Monday March 7, 2016
NAWMN Conference
On Thursday, March 10 in York, you have the chance to attend the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network (NAWMN) Conference. To help irrigators do a better job of managing their water use, the conference’s discussions will include water-related smartphone apps, cover crops, underground wireless sensor networks, research on soil moisture sensors and NRD updates. Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://water.unl.edu/cropswater/nawmn

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Wednesday March 2, 2016
Soybean Fertility and Nitrogen
Due to low soybean prices, farmers are becoming increasingly interested in the potential benefits of nitrogen. Relying on plants to naturally make all of the needed nitrogen for growth is a limiting factor when pushing to get higher yields. During the Nebraska Soybean Management Field Days, soil scientists investigate economical applications of nitrogen on soybeans. Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Scientist.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/soydays

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Tuesday February 23, 2016
Grain Marketing Workshops
Coming up in March at six sites, the grain marketing workshops will be available to teach farmers valuable lessons about developing a written marketing plan and understanding basis and carrying charges. Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/need-more-cents-bushel-grain-marketing-workshops-6-sites-march

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Tuesday February 16, 2016
Cover Crop Conference
How can you get started with cover crops in your corn and soybean rotation? If you’re already using cover crops, could you be doing it better? Find out at the Nebraska Cover Crop Conference on Feb. 25 at the ARDC near Mead from 9 AM to 3 PM. Speakers at the conference will be covering soil erosion and health, as well as financial value, crop selection and the challenges and successes of cover crops in a corn and soybean rotation. Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://ardc.unl.edu/2016CoverCropFieldDay.pdf

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Tuesday February 2, 2016
On-Farm Research Update Meetings
The Nebraska On-Farm Research network's annual meeting expands to include four locations. Come hear from growers who conducted on-farm research as they share their results from the 2015 growing season. Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems and Ag Technology Educator.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch

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