Crops Briefs: Republican River irrigators provided access to stored water

2014-01-07T13:25:00Z 2014-01-07T14:42:20Z Crops Briefs: Republican River irrigators provided access to stored water Midwest Producer
January 07, 2014 1:25 pm

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources notified the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Dec. 23 that all water being held in Enders Reservoir, Harry Strunk Lake, Harlan County Reservoir, Swanson Lake and Hugh Butler Lake will be considered legally stored water. The total amount of water being stored in the reservoirs is approximately 14,000 acre-feet.

Department Director Brian Dunnigan, said, "I am confident that water required by the Republican River Compact for Kansas' use will cross the stateline by year's end. Thus, we will be able to make available excess water that remains in Nebraska's Republican River Basin reservoirs. This stored water should benefit Nebraskans in the upcoming growing season."

Michael Thomas new president of Nebraska Wheat Growers

Nebraska Wheat Growers Association (NWGA) members elected Michael Thomas Jr. of Ogal-lala as the association's new president during its annual meeting in Decem-ber. He succeeds Dayton Christensen of Big Springs, who completed the two-year term limit as president.

Thomas was elected to the NWGA Board of Directors in 2009. Since then he has served as a Nebraska delegate to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), has served on the NAWG Biotechnology and Research Committee and participated in several NAWG research fly-ins in Washington, D.C. He has also been active in several NWGA Mobile Baking Lab events.

Thomas and his family farm wheat, corn and edible beans in Keith, Perkins and Deuel Counties. Thomas is also a graduate of the Nebraska LEAD Program.

"I am excited about serving Nebraska's wheat farmers in this new capacity," Thomas said. "Our industry faces many challenges including biotechnology, the gluten-free diet trend and a growing gap of knowledge between producers and consumers. I look forward to working with our state's wheat farmers and our association members in addressing those issues."

Winter field day slated Jan. 30 in Belleville

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Research and Extension will host the North Central Kansas Experiment Field Winter Update Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

The update will be at the 4-H Building at the North Central Kansas Free Fairgrounds, 901 O St. in Belleville. A complimentary lunch will follow.

The program includes:

- North Central Experiment Field Update - Learn about research underway at the field;

- New Technologies for Crop Diagnostics - Find out the latest on identifying crop challenges in north central Kansas; and

- Water Use by Cover Crop Mixtures - Get research-backed information about water needs of various cover crops that can be grown in the area.

More information is available by contacting K-State Research and Extension agronomist Dallas Peterson at 785-587-7428 or

Dry Edible Bean Day Jan. 14 at Gering

GERING, Neb. - The 2014 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature advice for producers, news about health benefits and using beans in other foods, updates on research, and reports from the state commission and U.S. Dry Bean Council.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.14, at the Gering Civic Center, sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). The doors and trade show open at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with welcome messages by NDBGA President Dean Keener and Gary Hergert, interim director of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

In addition to the NDBGA annual meeting and lunch, the day's agenda includes these topics and presenters:

´"Best Practices of Best Producers," presented by a panel of bean processors.

´"Threats to and Opportunities for Regional Bean Research and Extension," Howard Schwartz of Colorado State University.

´Updates on UNL Research from Specialists Gary Hergert, Carlos Urrea and Jeff Bradshaw and Educators John Thomas and Jessica Johnson.

´"UNL's Commitment to Nebraska's Dry Bean Industry," from Chuck Hibberd, dean and director of UNL Extension.

Results of dry edible bean trials available on Extension website

Results of the 2013 dry bean variety trails conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on a UNL website.

The 2013 dry bean variety trials were planted at two locations: great northern, kidney, pinto and the Cooperative Dry Bean Nursery trials were planted at the Mitchell Ag Lab. All market classes were planted at the Scottsbluff Ag Lab.

Results were compiled by Jim Schild, Extension educator; Robert Hawley, Extension technician; and Gary Stone, Extension educator.

To find the variety trials at the UNL Extension website, point your browser to In navigation bar, click on "other crops." Dry bean results for 2013 and recent years are located there, along with variety trial results for oats, peas, proso millet, and sunflower.

In addition to the website, the report is being published in the Bean Bag newsletter published by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association.

The report includes a description of the trials and several tables that list yield, moisture, test weight, and other data for each variety within the market classes. The descriptions includes detailed information about the plots, such as planting dates, seeding rates, herbicide treatments, row width, irrigation, harvest date and other details.

Applicants sought for Bayer Young Farmer Sustainability Award

Bayer CropScience is looking for growers, 40 years or younger, who demonstrate excellence in the business of agriculture and environmental sustainability. The 2014 winner will be selected by a group of industry experts and Bayer leaders, and will be recognized in February at the Ag Issues Forum held in conjunction with Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

In addition to the trip, the winner will receive a new 4th Generation iPad with Retina display, Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon) 128 GB, Griffin Survivor brand military-duty case and an all-expense paid trip to a Farm Journal learning event of the winner's choice during 2014. The application deadline is Jan. 17. Learn more atÊ

Briefly . . .

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