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 Welcome to Central Sandhills Extension serving Blaine, Grant, Hooker and Thomas Counties!



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GrassSnap- Mobile Monitoring App

Pasture monitoring is a "snap" with the mobile monitoring app called GrassSnap. Check out the unique features of the app, like the ghost image that allows the producer to effortlessly replicate the landscape view each year. Or how the app applies your pasture name (monitoring date and GPS location) to all images for that pasture (transect) and then saves them so they are ready to be directly added to the folder of previous years' images.  Visit the GrassSnap webpage for download instructions, videos on how to monitor, and user manual for Apple versions.  Free download for Android and Apple smart devices.

Pasture Leasing Workshop

Developing the Right Pasture Lease Agreement- Benefiting the Resources & Benefiting the Relationship.  "What's the going rate?" is a common question.  How do you balance a fair price, taking care of the land, and benefit both the landowner and grazer?    For more information, click here...

As the Drought Cycles...

Producers face major decisions ahead at the drought continues. Resources are available at Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch and the UNL Beef Website. The Extension Office also has two hay probes, for producers who wish to test their forages. UNL Beef Specialists are also available to balance rations and answer questions about the drought's impacts on your cowherd or pastures.

 Ag Manager's Toolbox.  These spreadsheets will help farmers and ranchers figure feed cost per crude protein or TDN, calculate stocking rates for cornstalks, cost of raising one calf, breakevens on feeders or cull cows, cost of developing water on grazing lands, and other cropping tools.  Visit westcentral.unl.edu/agecon to view the spreadsheets.

Beef specialists will be hosting two webinars a month.  The timely webinars can be viewed through the internet on your computer during the session and ask questions.   The webinars are also archived at http://beef.unl.edu/beefwebinars.

 

Extension Highlights


Disaster Recovery Resources

We have complied a collection of resources to help those that have been affected by recent storms. More...


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

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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 .


CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

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

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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 


Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....

Making A Difference

 

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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.