The amount of information available via Internet resources continues to increase. Periodically, I like to remind producers about sites in this arena. Here are some good UNL sites for producers to consider for this growing season.
The UNL site that is updated weekly during the growing season is: http://cropwatch.unl.edu/. That site is really well done and always has the latest information from the University about crop production issues. That site currently has articles about the longer range weather forecast, the Nebraska on-farm research network and corn rootworm management, just to name three of the dozen or so current featured articles.
If you have weed issues this growing season, consider looking at the UNL Weed Science web page which is at: http://weedscience.unl.edu/. The site has the latest articles written by UNL Weed Scientists and other great information.
One of the most recognized or awarded sites at UNL is the http://beef.unl.edu/home site. That site is the UNL Beef page. For instance, the current cover article is about meeting cow nutrient requirements with forages alone. The question and answer section is also a valuable source of information.
The UNL crops water web site is at: http://water.unl.edu/cropswater. It is a site that is updated with current information as the growing season unfolds.
Our federal partners also provide valuable information during the growing season. One report that everyone anticipates is the planting intentions report. You can read more about that at http://nass.usda.gov/. The National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) provides news and reports weekly. NASS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture and has regional offices in each state.
By the way, another place to start is from our own web site: http://platte.unl.edu/. From that page you can get to local events information, county 4-H information, and other UNL Extension information and events.
That summarizes just a few of the myriad of resources available on-line. Please let me know if you have questions about anything covered in this week’s column.
For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension in Platte County. Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail AVYHNALEK2@unl.edu