Calendar

Dec
17
Mon
Confronting Cropping Challenges series
Dec 17 – Dec 20 all-day

Getting the latest information on issues facing crop farmers AND an opportunity to renew your private pesticide applicator license will all take place at a series of meetings in December. This is the third year for Confronting Cropping Challenges and responses from last year’s programs were very positive. This year the program will be offered at five locations in the area.
* Monday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Nielsen Community Center – West Point
* Monday, December 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Pender Community Center – Pender
* Tuesday, December 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Club Room, Ag Park – Columbus
* Wednesday, December 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Madison Extension Office – Norfolk
* Thursday, December 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Blair Public Library – Blair

Topics that will be covered this year include:
• Crop Insect Update on Soybean Gall Midge, Western Bean Cutworm, and others
• Crop Disease Update on Gray Leaf Spot and Frogeye and others
• Hail Know Resources
• Cover Crops 101
• Resistant Weed Update and Herbicide Carryover
• Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Anyone that just wants the crops information can attend the first five sessions and leave. If you need to have your private applicator license renewed (renewal only, not initial certification) in 2019, you can stick around for the final session to be recertified. Even though this training is being offered in 2018, you will not lose a year of certification on your license.

The cost for the program is $10 if you are only attending the first five sessions. If you are being recertified, the cost will be $50. The additional $40 is the same as you would pay to be recertified at a traditional private pesticide applicator training.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required by calling Nebraska Extension at 402-374-2929. For more information, contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

Dec
19
Wed
NeCGA – NeSA annual meetings
Dec 19 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Nebraska’s Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The annual meeting is a time for grower members to come together and discuss the policy that will direct the association for the coming year. The Nebraska Soybean Association will also hold their annual meeting concurrently at NIC in Lincoln. Following the business portion of the meeting, NeCGA will join together with the NeSA for lunch and to hear from the featured speaker.

This year we are excited to welcome Eric Snodgrass. Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather.

Snodgrass’ research focuses on weather analysis and forecasting applications to global agriculture production. He provides weekly weather updates that focus on weather risk in US agriculture. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the US and how to increase confidence in long-range predictions of these impacts.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Broken Bow @ Elks Lodge
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dec
20
Thu
Christmas Open House & Bake Sale – Lexington Regional Health Center @ Lexington Regional Health Center
Dec 20 all-day

Bake Sale 9am to 12pm    Open House 9am to 5pm

Find great gifts for everyone on your list and enjoy delicious refreshments courtesy of Lexington Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary.  Be sure to buy a raffle ticket to win a prize bundle or your choice of any item in the gift shop!

Share the Warmth – Orthman Community YMCA – Lexington
Dec 20 all-day

Joining Fee waived for Donation of Hats & Gloves:

the YMCA will waive the $40 joining fee for new members who join between November 23 and December 31 if they donate new gloves or hats (We will give the items to those in need in our community)

SOYBEAN GALL MIDGE ROUNDTABLE
Dec 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE

DEC. 20, 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Join Nebraska Extension for up-to-date information on this newly emerging pest of soybean. They also want to know what you saw and connect you with some potential tools for making management decisions in 2019. Register now to make sure you have a spot at the table.

Get up-to-date information on soybean gall midge observations during the 2018 season and research efforts to guide your management practices on this pest in 2019. As extension educators and specialists, we want to know what you saw during the 2018 season with soybean gall midge. Did you observe any differences in management practices (planting date, maturity group, insecticides, adjacent crop, tillage, etc.) with soybean gall midge? Your input is critical to help guide our research efforts on this rapidly developing pest of soybean.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Juice and Donuts
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Soybean Gall Midge: Overview, Management, and Impact
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Summary from Roundtables
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Survey

For more information, contact:

justin.mcmechan@unl.edu, kglewen1@unl.edu, (402)624-8030, or (800)529-8030.
Help them plan for morning refreshments. Please RSVP by 12/17 to 402-624-8030

I-29 Moo U webinar
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The I-29 Moo University is hosting a webinar Dec. 20 focused on preparing the information that lenders request. The “Improving Conversations with Your Lender” webinar will outline and explain the banking benchmarks and financial documents that lenders need to evaluate loans. The hour-long webinar is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will include time at the end for questions.

In addition, the program will focus on improving enterprise expense breakdowns and identify available follow-up information.

There is no fee for the webinar, but an online registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/LenderConversationsI29MooU. Upon registration, a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting will be sent.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its 13th year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community.

Dec
21
Fri
Grand Generation Center – Friday Film Fest – Lexington @ Majestic Theatre
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm

RYDE bus transportation to and from the movie from the GGC will be available.  Bus leaves the GGC at 12:40pm.  riders must sign up in advance with Deb.  RYDE cost covered by GGC Support Group funds.

Movie – Instant Family   Rated PG-13

Concession stand will be available

$4.00 senior  $5.00  (non seniors)

Dec
22
Sat
Overton Bean Feed – Overton @ Overton Family Center
Dec 22 @ 11:00 am

Overton American Legion is sponsoring the Annual Bean Feed and there will also be Chicken Noodle and Chili Soup available.Being served from 11AM until 1:30PM Santa will arrive at 12 Noon sponsored by the Overton Fire Dept. The Overton Methodist Church Ladies will also have pie for sale during this time.

Miller Dance – Miller, NE @ Miller Community Hall
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Branded (Barb, Larry)

Miller, NE Community Hall

Children welcome PreK-12 free – may dance if following floor rules

Bring snacks/finger food for lunch at 10:00

Questions call 308-325-2909

Dec
24
Mon
Share the Warmth – Orthman Community YMCA – Lexington
Dec 24 all-day

Joining Fee waived for Donation of Hats & Gloves:

the YMCA will waive the $40 joining fee for new members who join between November 23 and December 31 if they donate new gloves or hats (We will give the items to those in need in our community)

Christmas Eve First Christian Church – Elm Creek @ Elm Creek First Christian Church
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm

Candlelight Service

 

First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Service – Lexington @ First Presbyterian Church
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm

Candlelight & Carols Service

Dec
27
Thu
Share the Warmth – Orthman Community YMCA – Lexington
Dec 27 all-day

Joining Fee waived for Donation of Hats & Gloves:

the YMCA will waive the $40 joining fee for new members who join between November 23 and December 31 if they donate new gloves or hats (We will give the items to those in need in our community)

Dec
28
Fri
NeCGA PRIME application deadline
Dec 28 all-day

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that applications for the next class of the PRIME Program are now available. The PRIME Program is a continuing education opportunity for younger or newer producers who are interested in learning more about the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and bettering their farming operation. Over the course of a year, participants will come together for three seminars to learn and discuss new ideas that can be incorporated into their own operations.

The first session will be March 25th and 26th, with the second session taking place in late June. The final session will be in conjunction with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association annual meeting. Applications for the PRIME Program can be found at necga.org. The applications are due by Friday, December 28, 2018. All costs participate in the program are covered for those that are 3-year members of the association.

The PRIME Program is made possible with funding from our presenting partners, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Credit Services, along with the Nebraska Corn Board. Direct questions to Morgan Wrich, Director of Grower Services, at mwrich@necga.org. Applications can be found at www.necga.org

Dec
29
Sat
Miller Dance – Miller, NE @ Miller Community Hall
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ray Mullen

Miller, NE Community Hall

Children welcome PreK-12 free – may dance if following floor rules

Bring snacks/finger food for lunch at 10:00

Questions call 308-325-2909

 

Dec
31
Mon
Beef Genetics – UNL survey
Dec 31 all-day

Beef cattle producers have a wide range of selection tools available for use in selection of breeding stock. These range from visual appraisal to EPD (expected progeny differences) and selection indexes that leverage genomic technologies. Adoption of new technologies by the beef industry has dramatically changed beef cattle selection strategies and opportunities. Beef genetics and genomic tools continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

To aid the development of new selection tools and their adoption by producers, researchers seek to understand current attitudes and perceptions of industry stakeholders. Producers and industry participants are encouraged to take part in an online survey to help inform the development of a new beef cattle selection decision support tool. This work is part of the activities funded through a recent USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Critical Agriculture Research and Extension grant (2018-68008-27888) awarded to research and extension faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, USDA-ARS US Meat Animal Research Center and a leading genetic evaluation software developer, Theta Solutions, LLC.

Industry research suggests that current bull purchasing decisions do not appear to use all relevant information available.  The online survey of industry stakeholders will explore their knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of current and envisioned beef genetic selection tools. Survey responses will be anonymous and summarized to help develop new selection tools and training programs. The survey is accessible until December 31, 2018, at: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXJA9F3EyMfmSpf

Share the Warmth – Orthman Community YMCA – Lexington
Dec 31 all-day

Joining Fee waived for Donation of Hats & Gloves:

the YMCA will waive the $40 joining fee for new members who join between November 23 and December 31 if they donate new gloves or hats (We will give the items to those in need in our community)

Jan
3
Thu
Dakota Farm Show
Jan 3 – Jan 5 all-day

New days of the week this year!

more info to come soon….

Fremont Corn Expo
Jan 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendar now! More info soon….

Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator Certification
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will offer the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification/Recertification workshop on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. The following counties are hosting this program, including:  Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Montogomery, O’Brien, Plymouth, Pottawattamie West, Sac, Shelby, and Sioux counties.  Please register by December 26, 2018, by calling the county where you plan to attend. **Sioux County will hold two showings; at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For those unable to view the video training or test at DNR field office, you can take the online course at https://elearning-dnr.iowa.gov/.

Jan
4
Fri
Successful Farmer Series
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is hosting a Successful Farmer Program Series on Fridays from January 4 to February 8, featuring timely topics for today’s farmers. Multiple sessions and topics allow ag producers to pick the topics most relevant to them and their operation. All sessions will be 9-11:30 a.m. in Lincoln at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Sessions also will be livestreamed. To watch, register online at https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag.

Attendees at last year’s series estimated a $16 per acre value gained by participating.

Scheduled topics are:
    Friday, Jan. 4 – Cover Cropping 2.0 with Justin McMechan, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist and Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer
    Friday, Jan. 11 – Alternative Crops with Nathan Mueller, Extension Educator and Stephen Baenziger, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Jan. 18 – Spray Drift Management (featuring a mobile lab) with Greg Kreuger, Associate Professor
    Friday, Jan. 25 – Changes in Ag with Tyler Williams, Extension Educator and Hilary Maricle, Commonground Nebraska and an Ag Tech Panel with Joe Luck, Associate Professor, Kelly Maaske, Midwest Farmers Cooperative, and a local ag producer
    Friday, Feb. 1 – Diseases and Nutrient Deficiency ID with Kyle Broderick, Coordinator, UNL Plant & Pest Lab and Ellen Paparozzi, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Feb. 8 – Ag Marketing (All attendees will be given access to a computer to follow along.) with Austin Duerfeldt, Extension Educator & Cory Walters, Associate Professor

Presenters are experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other experts will be available to address more specific questions or interact with attendees during the breaks.

Registrations are not required, but are appreciated two days prior to the session(s) you want to attend. Register by contacting Karen Wedding at kwedding2@unl.edu or 402-441-7180, or going to https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag. The cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six sessions. Pay at the door with cash or check. Debit/credit card payment available for an additional fee. Refreshments will be provided.

Jan
8
Tue
2019 Mid America Hay & Forage Expo – Adams County Fairgrounds – Hastings @ Adams County Fairgrounds
Jan 8 all-day
Jan
9
Wed
2019 Mid America Hay & Forage Expo – Adams County Fairgrounds – Hastings @ Adams County Fairgrounds
Jan 9 all-day
Jan
10
Thu
ISU Farm Transition seminar, part 1
Jan 10 – Jan 11 all-day

Transitioning a farm from one generation to the next is a complicated matter. Not only should business and financial issues be considered, but potentially difficult conversations about when a transition should be made and the direction of the farm must take place.

The Returning to the Farm Seminar, offered by the Beginning Farmer Center through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is designed to help farmers start these conversations. The seminar will be held on Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 8-9, 2019 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The four-day seminar provides an opportunity for families to begin developing a succession plan.

The seminar will cover topics including conflict resolution, goal setting, business analysis, estate planning, farm planning and farm management. It provides multigenerational farm families an opportunity to discuss how to live and work together as the farm business is passed from one generation to the next.

Cost for the seminar is $450 for up to four participants. Each additional participant is $50. The registration fee is for all four days of the seminar and includes lunch each day and a Farm Savvy binder filled with worksheets, exercises and additional management resources. Part one of the seminar will be held Jan. 10-11 and the second part will take place Feb. 8-9.  More info here…. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/linkseminar

Jan
11
Fri
NE Corn to Washington DC – Deadline
Jan 11 all-day

Each year the Nebraska Corn Growers Association takes a group of members to Washington D.C. to participate in the Washington D.C. Leadership Mission. This mission is a way for members who are looking to get more involved, or are just starting out, to get an in depth look at the work the association does.

In 2019 the mission trip will take place March 11th through the 15th. Attendees can expect to visit with their elected officials, the National Corn Growers Association, the US Grains Council, and other cooperators. The mission trip is also a great chance for attendees to visit with members from across the state and form lifelong friendships.

Applications are due by January 11th to mwrich@necga.org. Spouses who are interested in learning more about the association are also encouraged to attend. Questions? Please call the office at (402) 438-6459, email Morgan Wrich, Director of Grower Services, at mwrich@necga.org, or click here… http://necga.org/2018/11/washington-dc-leadership-mission/.

Successful Farmer Series
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is hosting a Successful Farmer Program Series on Fridays from January 4 to February 8, featuring timely topics for today’s farmers. Multiple sessions and topics allow ag producers to pick the topics most relevant to them and their operation. All sessions will be 9-11:30 a.m. in Lincoln at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Sessions also will be livestreamed. To watch, register online at https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag.

Attendees at last year’s series estimated a $16 per acre value gained by participating.

Scheduled topics are:
    Friday, Jan. 4 – Cover Cropping 2.0 with Justin McMechan, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist and Paul Jasa, Extension Engineer
    Friday, Jan. 11 – Alternative Crops with Nathan Mueller, Extension Educator and Stephen Baenziger, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Jan. 18 – Spray Drift Management (featuring a mobile lab) with Greg Kreuger, Associate Professor
    Friday, Jan. 25 – Changes in Ag with Tyler Williams, Extension Educator and Hilary Maricle, Commonground Nebraska and an Ag Tech Panel with Joe Luck, Associate Professor, Kelly Maaske, Midwest Farmers Cooperative, and a local ag producer
    Friday, Feb. 1 – Diseases and Nutrient Deficiency ID with Kyle Broderick, Coordinator, UNL Plant & Pest Lab and Ellen Paparozzi, Professor of Agronomy
    Friday, Feb. 8 – Ag Marketing (All attendees will be given access to a computer to follow along.) with Austin Duerfeldt, Extension Educator & Cory Walters, Associate Professor

Presenters are experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other experts will be available to address more specific questions or interact with attendees during the breaks.

Registrations are not required, but are appreciated two days prior to the session(s) you want to attend. Register by contacting Karen Wedding at kwedding2@unl.edu or 402-441-7180, or going to https://lancaster.unl.edu/ag. The cost is $5 per session or $15 for all six sessions. Pay at the door with cash or check. Debit/credit card payment available for an additional fee. Refreshments will be provided.

Jan
14
Mon
NE Ext. Resistance Mgt Seminars
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Managing resistant pests is an increasing issue throughout crop production in Nebraska and the entire U.S. Staying updated on current strategies to manage resistant pests is critical. A new Nebraska Extension resource, the “Resistance Management Webinar Series,” will provide the most current research about resistant pests and management strategies.

Live presentations will be offered on three Mondays in January and February from 7 to 8 p.m. CST. Recordings will be available for up to seven days after the live presentation.

A total of three continuing education hours in integrated pest management will be available for certified crop advisors.

Schedule
January 14 – “Strategies for Managing Palmer Amaranth with Multiple Resistance: The Most Troublesome Weed in U.S. Agriculture” presented by Professor Jason Norsworthy of the University of Arkansas

January 28 – “Principles of Fungicide Resistance: Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean” presented by Professor Carl Bradley of the University of Kentucky

February 11 – “Moving Forward with Bt Resistance by Looking at the History of Western Corn Rootworm” presented by Dalton Ludwick, a post-doctoral associate at USDA-ARS at Virgina Tech University

To register to participate in one or all three presentations please go to https://go.unl.edu/2019_rmws. Webinar recordings will be available up to seven days afterward to allow flexibility in scheduling.

Questions regarding the webinar series can be directed to Amy Timmerman (atimmerman2@unl.edu) at the Holt County Extension Office 402-336-2760.

Jan
15
Tue
3 State Beef Conference
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 15, 16, and 17, 2019 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land-grant universities to discuss where one can reduce winter cow feed costs and improve management of those resources. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reducing Cow Feed Costs Using Cropland.”

Participants will be able to engage in learning about opportunities to help lower the need for hay, the most common feed resource in winter cattle rations through alternative feed sources off cropland.

Additional topics and speakers for the conference include: “Using Annual Forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs,” and “Silage as the primary winter feed for cows”.

The same program will be delivered at each of the following locations:
JAN. 15: Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa
JAN. 16: Andrew County Youth Building in Savannah, Missouri
JAN. 17: Otoe County Fair Center in Syracuse, Neb.

Registration will begin for each session at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings. Preregistration is requested by Jan. 11, 2019 for meal-planning purposes. To register for the Nebraska location, call Nebraska Extension in Otoe County at 402-269-2301 or email kristen.ulmer@unl.edu.

ISU Feedlot Forum
Jan 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Beef producers are in a new era of marketing with more changes rapidly coming. This new era will be the focus of Feedlot Forum 2019, set for Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center.

Tom Brink, CEO of the Red Angus Association of America and founder of Top Dollar Angus, Inc., is a morning session keynote speaker. He will visit about feeder calf verification and the importance of traceability to the beef industry.

Restaurant and culinary trends are changing menus offered to patrons. Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, will share how changes in patron palates dictate the types of foods prepared and sold in fast food, family and upscale restaurants.

Chad Hart, associate professor of economics and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economist, will lead off the afternoon with a discussion on the trade tariffs’ impact on ag commodity prices, including beef.

Rounding out the afternoon is Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president for R.J. O’Brien and Associates. Currently, U.S. livestock producers have record meat supplies. Gottschalk will project how these supplies and export demand will affect cattle outlook and potential prices for beef.

Other short presentations include the roles of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council and an update on Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation. This year’s forum also features 25 agri-business sponsors displaying the latest products, technology and services available to beef producers.

Feedlot Forum 2019 is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and three county cattlemen’s associations – Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux.

Registration for Feedlot Forum 2019 is $25 per person with a discounted price of $10 for students. All registrations are due January 10 to the Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City IA 51041. For more information, a flyer is available online. You also can contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.