Students encouraged to apply for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s No. 1 industry is agriculture, and the premier event for high school students to learn about agriculture is the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute.

NAYI brings together high school juniors and seniors from around the state to network with agricultural leaders and professionals, as well as with other students interested in agriculture. During the Institute, delegates will learn more about Nebraska agriculture and the agricultural careers available to them in the future. Delegate applications for this year’s NAYI are now available on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s website. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending this summer’s program have until April 15 to apply.

“NAYI is in its 48th year, making it the longest running agricultural youth program of its kind in the nation,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “With all the networking opportunities, career development sessions, and hands-on projects to improve leadership and communication skills, NAYI is a great experience for students interested in agriculture.”

The 2019 NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, July 8-12. This year’s theme is “Taking Root,” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, a formal banquet and awards presentation, and a street dance.

NAYI is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which comprises 21 college-aged students selected by NDA for their passion and interest in the ag industry.

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Applications are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi. All applications must be submitted electronically. Finished applications should be emailed to youth.council@nebraska.gov by April 15 at 11:59 p.m.

“If you know high school juniors or seniors with an interest in agriculture, encourage them to apply to NAYI before the April 15th deadline,” Wellman said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

Open house planned for Hendrix Genetics breeder house near Ericson

Hendrix Genetics of Grand Island is hosting an open house at its new breeder house located near Ericson. With the poultry industry is a rising business in Nebraska, Hendrix said its new breeder house incorporates the latest technology in the industry.

The open house will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.

4 & 4 Farms, where the open house will take place, is located at 82677 Pibel Creek Ave. in Ericson. 1.5 miles north on Highway 281 from the Highway 91/70 west intersection.

Nebraska grain and hay stocks as of Dec. 1, 2018

LINCOLN — Nebraska corn stocks in all positions on Dec. 1, 2018, totaled 1.45 billion bushels, down 1 percent from 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Of the total, 910 million bushels are stored on farms, unchanged from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 539 million bushels, are down 2 percent from last year.

Soybeans stored in all positions totaled 298 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year. On-farm stocks of 120 million bushels are up 24 percent from a year ago, while off-farm stocks, at 178 million bushels, are up 7 percent from 2017.

Wheat stored in all positions totaled 62.1 million bushels, down 6 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks of 3.70 million bushels are down 10 percent from 2017, and off-farm stocks of 58.4 million bushels are down 6 percent from last year.

Sorghum stored in all positions totaled 11.7 million bushels, up 20 percent from last year. On-farm stocks of 2.80 million bushels are up 65 percent and off-farm holdings of 8.91 million bushels are up 11 percent from last year.

On-farm oats totaled 410,000 bushels, down 32 percent from 2017.

Hay stocks on Nebraska farms totaled 4.50 million tons, up 8 percent from last year.

Grain storage capacity in Nebraska totaled 2.15 billion bushels, up 40.0 million bushels from December 1, 2017. Total grain storage capacity is comprised of 1.20 billion bushels of on-farm storage, up 20.0 million bushels from last year, and 950 million bushels of off-farm storage, up 20.0 million bushels from last year.

Nebraska winter wheat seedings under one million acres

LINCOLN — Winter wheat seeded area for 2019 is estimated at 930,000 acres, down from last year’s seeded area of 1.10 million acres, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Last year, winter wheat production is estimated at 49.5 million bushels, up 5 percent from last year. The area harvested for grain totaled 1.01 million acres, down 1 percent from 2017.

Planted acreage totaled a record low 1.10 million, down 2 percent from a year earlier. The yield is 49.0 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

Oat production is estimated at 1.52 million bushels, down 11 percent from 2017. Area harvested for grain, at 22,000 acres, is down 37 percent from last year. Planted acreage totaled 125,000, up 14 percent from a year earlier. Average yield is 69.0 bushels per acre, up 20 bushels from 2017.

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