Experts discuss improving crop profitability and sustainability

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GERING, Neb. Local farmers and ranchers made their way down to the Gering Civic Center to hear from experts about how they can improve their profitability and sustainability.

Contour planting, minimal tillage systems, cover crops, crop rotation and perennial grasses can reduce soil erosion and improve profitability and sustainability. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

They can start by identifying, evaluating and developing alternatives to those current farm practices that have the greatest potential to harm the environment or the health of farmers or consumers.

Contour planting, minimal tillage systems, cover crops, crop rotation and perennial grasses can reduce soil erosion and improve profitability.

Concerned farmers also incorporate hedgerows, windbreaks, and grass borders into their field designs to reduce wind erosion and create wildlife habitat.

Develop methods that enable farmers to effectively use their farms’ and their families’ internal resources.

At this meeting between 9:00am to 9:50am, Stephen Wegulo is discussing Crop Disease and Management. Mitch Stephenson is discussing an on farm evaluation of incorporating annual forages into cropping systems.

Between 10:00am to 10:50am, Nevin Lawrence is discussing integrated management of kochia over 16 site years with what they have learned. Cody Creech will discuss grain sorghum in the Nebraska Panhandle and Chuck Burr with Farm Management Competition.

Between 11:00am to 11:50am, Jeff Cluever is discussing novel strategies for the management of the western bean cutworm. Bethany Thomas is discussing advances in understanding the management of the wheat stem sawfly and Xin Qiao with the internet of things and weather forecasting for irrigation management and the Pivot Performance Project.

Between 12:50pm to 1:40pm, Stephen Wegulo is discussing what’s new in plant pathology, Julie Peterson with Insecticide Resistence with updates for Corn Pests, Christ Proctor with what’s new in weed science and Jessica Groskopf with Farm Bill Details, Decisions and Financial Considerations in 2020.

Between 1:50pm to 2:40pm, Greg Puckett and Frank Bright will discuss applying pesticides safety and Jessica Groskopf with extreme weather impact in agriculture, lessons learned in 2019 and a Nebraska Flood Update.

Between 2:50pm to 3:40pm, Bob Klein will discuss spray quality and how it impacts your pesticide efficacy and drift, Chris Proctor with accuracy matters for effective pesticide application, Bijesh Maharjan with Soil Amendment, Laila Puntel with Project Sense and Javed Iqbal with Nutrient Management to reduce soil N20 emission.

Weed Management Extension Educator Chris Proctor states that the future owners of agriculture should most importantly attend this meeting.

“Transitioning our farm economy and our farm from one generation to the next is going to be really important when we move forward,” said Proctor. “It’s exciting when we see young people out here at these meetings.”

These experts will also conduct meetings in North Platte, Kearney, Norfolk, York and Beatrice.

Registration is $80.