Upcoming Events

• March 12: Dicamba Training, 10 a.m., Fairgrounds, Fairbury

• March 12: Pesticide Training, 1 p.m., Fairgrounds, David City

• March 12: Nebraska Plant Science Symposium, Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln

• March 12: Beef Profit Tips, 1 p.m., Dakota City, 402-372-6006

• March 12: Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training, 7 p.m., Rivals Bar and Grill in Hastings, RSVP: brad.schick@unl.edu

• March 13: Land Transition/Estate Planning Workshop, 9:30-3:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, Central City, RSVP: 308-946-3843

• March 13: Dicamba Training, 10 a.m., Extension Office, Beatrice

• March 14: Pesticide Training, 9 a.m., Extension Office, Grand Island

• March 14: Dicamba Training, 10 a.m., Extension Office, Wilber

• March 14: Beef Profit Tips, 1 p.m., Fremont, 402-372-6006

• March 14: Dicamba Training, 1:30 p.m., Extension Office, Grand Island

• March 14: Farmers/Rancher College: “Connecting Gate to Plate” featuring Michele Payn, Cause Matters corp., 6:00 p.m. Lazy Horse Vineyard near Ohiowa. RSVP: (402) 759-3712

• March 18: Seward Kiwanis/SCCDP Ag Banquet

• March 19: Landlord/Tenant Workshop, 9:30-3:00 p.m., Extension Office, Lincoln, RSVP: 402-441-7180

• March 19: Pesticide Training, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Grand Island

• March 20-21: Free Webinar: National Cover Crop Summit

• March 21: Pesticide Training, 1 p.m., Ag Park, Columbus

• March 20-21: Fuller Field School, Emporia, KS

• March 25-28: National AgrAbility Training Workshop, Embassy Suites, Downtown Lincoln, https://agrability.unl.edu

Report loss of calves

I’ve been hearing reports from our cattle producers about calf loss prior to birth and also after birth. Wet hair coats, low air temps with the windchills we’ve experienced have been brutal. We would recommend reporting your losses. We realize that the Livestock Indemnity Program has criteria for wind chills that may not have been met for each part of the State. However, the unusual weather events this year compounded upon each other led to a very extreme winter and we feel additional factors should be considered. Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices have contacted us for additional considerations as well. There’s a team of us working together on this and we hope to release information for consideration by local Farm Service Agency offices and others.

Tyler Williams, Extension Educator in Lancaster County who specializes in weather, shared the following stats with the team of us working on the additional considerations for FSA. Since Feb. 1:

• Above normal snowfall: 5” (West) to 20” (East) above normal

• Total Snowfall at least 10” for most of Nebraska – Eastern Nebraska 20-30”

• Average temperature was 10°F North/East and 20°F South/West

• Min temps were 10-15°F below normal, Max Temps 10-20°F below normal

• 20 (Southwest) to 30 (Northeast) days the max temp was below freezing

• 6-10 (South) to 20-24 (North) Days the temp dropped below zero

• 10-15 days with measurable precipitation

In the last two weeks:

• Minimum temps dropped to 20 below Central and West, 6-12 below East

• 4-6 (North) to 7-11 (South) days with min temp above zero i.e. 8-10 (North) to 3-7 (South) days the temp dropped below 0

• 4-7 days with measurable precipitation – Almost every other day

• 0 days temps were above 32°F, except for NE/KS border and Southwest Panhandle

• Snowfall 2 (Southwest) to 10 (Central/East Central) inches above normal

• Snowfall ranged from 2-4” in Southwest and Northeast to 7-12+ in Northwest, Central and East Nebraska

• Wind chills dropped to 20-30°F below zero

• Cattle comfort index in “extreme” category

I know a lot of crop farmers have been concerned about field work and how far behind they feel due to the fall. Right now our livestock producers could really use some encouragement too with the brutal calving season, ice/snow covered stalks, high hay prices and blowing through feed with the added energy requirements due to the cold. Another thing that put this winter into perspective for me was seeing the tornado damage in parts of the U.S. There’s just been a lot of crazy weather! Al Dutcher’s forecast doesn’t sound great for the next few weeks either and I realize our next challenges may include potential flooding and muddy lots. However, for now, just seeing the sunshine does wonders in lifting my spirits and have heard several others remark on this too!

Kiwanis and SCCDP Ag Banquet

The 51st Annual Agriculture Recognition Banquet will be held on Monday, March 18 at the Seward County Fairgrounds in Seward. The banquet begins with wine and cheese at 5:30 p.m. and a prime rib meal at 6:30 p.m. Rancher, humorist and cowboy poet R.P. Smith will be the evening’s entertainment. The Brett Borchers family of Utica will be honored as the 2019 Kiwanis Farm Family. Bill Hartmann, owner of Hartmann Construction, will receive the 2019 Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership Ag Business award. Fifteen Seward County students will also be recognized by the Briggs family and the Seward County Ag Society for their agricultural achievements. Tickets for the prime rib dinner are limited to 500. Contact Pam Moravec, banquet chair, (402) 643-7748, or Shelly Hansen, (402) 643-3636, for tickets or information about becoming a banquet sponsor. Tickets are $30 each. The Kiwanis Club of Seward will use the proceeds from the event to support the youth of Seward County through a variety of programs and events, including the Agronomy Academy.

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