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August 2021

Collaboration Research at REEC'S

Breeding Better Beans at Panhandle REEC
Edible beans like kidney, pinto, black, lima, pole, wax and green beans are widely grown and in high demand across the U.S.  Beans are an affordable source of protein, fiber, iron folate and other micronutrients.  Beans also promote soil health and require less nitrogen fertilizer than many other crops.

Researchers at Agricultural Experiment Stations nationwide are working together to develop high-yielding bean varieties with enhanced culinary and nutritional qualities and resistance to stressors like pests, diseases and drought.  These varieties will help farmers use resources efficiently, reduce chemical use, and increase yields, helping to improve the profits and competitiveness of U.S. bean growers and reduce impacts on the environment.

Read more about the benefits of the Multistate Approach

Soybean Gall Midge: Battling a New Pest of Soybeans at ENREEC

In 2018, soybean gall midge adults were collected for the first time at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension, and Education Center. The collection of these adults led to the identification of a new species, coinciding with its rise as a major pest of soybeans in eastern Nebraska as well as Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri. Assistant Professor, Justin McMechan, a Crop Protection and Cropping System Specialist at UNL has been leading state and regional efforts on the pest for the past several years. This season, the team conducted over 26 field studies to understand the pest’s biology and ecology as well as potential management strategies for soybean farmers. Read more 

Students at REEC'S

PHREEC Student Research Fair
Eleven students who are working at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center this summer presented their research projects at the Student Research Fair this month.  Each student answered questions about their project.  The following students gave great presentations on the following:

Josh Miranda - Palmer amaranth Impact and Management Opportunities in Dry Beans
Emily Jundt - Optimizing Soil and Nutrient Management to improve Dry Edible Bean Yield and Quality
Joseph Oboamah - Edge Computing Wireless Camera System to Determine Crop Canopy Cover
Arnold Katende - Evaluating the effectiveness of different traps in the monitoring of the western bean cutworm
Angie Gradiz - My Intern Experience at the Irrigation Program
Henry Gonzalez - Beneficial impact of an air-injected subsurface drip irrigation system on crop yield and removal of contaminants using runoff from a  feedlot
Deepak Ghimire - Use of Crop Sensing Technology for Nitrogen Management
Santos Barrera - Improving dry bean's ability to tolerate drought and heat stress by using tepary bean as a genetic source
Luis Ochoa - Sunflower pest management and its impact on yield and bee community in Nebraska
Jeff Cluever - The benefits of a relay cropping system to a dry edible bean crop
Annie Poetzl - The effects of land use on nutrient fluxes and nutrient limitation in the North Platte River

WCREEC Student Research Experience

Vimeo captured the work of several graduate students at WCREEC in June.  Featured with their respective projects are Milos Zaric, Abia Katimbo, Hope Njuki Nakabuye, Trenton Houston, Andria Rilakovic and Vinicius Velho.

The video can be seen at 


Each month we will describe one of the Statewide Strategic Directions.  This month we will look at food animal production systems.

Statewide Strategic Direction #3: Developing resilient food animal production systems.
The Goals:
  • 1) Develop systems for efficient and sustainable beef production.
  • 2) Contribute to the NIBS Mission of a greater understanding of the interactions of G x E x M x S  (Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems) (Genetics by Environment by Management by Social Factors)
  • 3) Integrate the next generation of management technology to beef systems.
The Intended Outcomes:
  • 1) Producers will increase the productivity per unit of land.
  • 2) Nebraska beef producers will improve their decision making with the use of newly developed tools to improve rangeland health and sustainability.
Nebraska is often described as the epicenter for beef cattle production. A team-based integrated research and extension program for NE/US Beef Systems works to develop and support implementation of beef production systems that optimize feed resource use, natural resource conservation and producer success in Nebraska through improved management of perennial grasslands and systems of integrated crop-beef cattle production.  More information can by found at Integrated Beef Systems.
Greater Nebraska Business Center held a 2-day retreat at West Central Research Extension and Education Center.  Business teams from WCREEC, ENREEC and PHREEC, along with IANR Business leadership enjoyed a tour of WCREEC as well as updates on Service Centers, Service Delivery Initiative, Email Management, HR and other business operations.

PARTT - Panhandle Ag Research and Tech Tour - August 19
Cow Symposium, Albion - August 24, 2021
Corn Production Clinic, ENREEC - August 25, 2021
GSL Open House, Whitman - August 25, 2021
Soybean Production Clinic, ENREEC - August 26, 2021
Water & Crops Field Day, North Platte, NE  August 26, 2021
Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island - September 14-16, 2021
NS&GP Goat AI Clinic, North Platte - September 18-19, 2021
Nebraska Crop Management Conference, Kearney - December 21, 2021
Crop Production Clinics have been scheduled for 2022!
Gering -  Gering Civic Center - January 5, 2022
North Platte - Mid-Plains Community College - January 6, 2022
Norfolk - Northeast Community College - January 11, 2022
Beatrice - Holiday Inn Express - January 13, 2022
Hastings - C3 Hotel & Convention Center - January 19, 2022
ENREC - ENREC, Ithaca - January 21, 2022
Kearney - Younes Conference Center - January 25, 2022
York - Holthus Convention Center - January 26, 2022 
More details will be coming!
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