Nebraska On-Farm Research Network publishes results and videos of 2020 farmer-conducted research online

Lincoln, Neb. —Farmers are tasked with finding the best agronomic practices that work for their operations.  In spite of the challenges that weather, markets, and the current pandemic present, on-farm research can play an important role from an economical and environmental standpoint, even in the most challenging years.

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Faculty Spotlight: Tala Awada

About Tala

I come from the ancient coastal Phoenician city of Tyre, Lebanon. I grew up and did my undergraduate degree in Lebanon. I then traveled to Greece for my master’s degree and Canada for my doctorate degree. I am married to Konstantinos Giannakas, also a faculty at IANR, who I met while pursuing my master’s degree in Greece. We have two children, Ritsa, a freshman at UNL and Christos, a sophomore at East High School.

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2020 proso millet variety trial results available on-line

Lincoln, Neb. —Results of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2020 variety trials for proso millet have been compiled and posted on the Nebraska Extension CropWatch website.

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Model predicts gene responses to cold across diverse plant species

Lincoln, Neb. —When Xiaoxi Meng and Zhikai Liang first proposed the idea a couple of years ago, James Schnable was skeptical. To say the least.

“‘Well, you can try, but I don’t think it’s going to work,’” the associate professor of agronomy and horticulture recalled saying to Meng and Liang, then postdoctoral researchers in Schnable’s lab at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Researchers find ways to push international research forward, despite COVID-19

Lincoln, Neb. —The details were in place, and an international team of researchers was ready to launch a multi-year study of Kenya’s socio-ecological systems — specifically how globalization and climate change are impacting the country’s native Daasanach pastoralists.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Did You Know? The first Gram-positive bacterial disease in Nebraska occurred in sugarbeets

Lincoln, Neb. —Almost two years ago, I introduced the idea of Nebraska serving as a breeding ground for the discovery of new plant diseases. This has been particularly evident with bacterial diseases, specifically those caused by Gram-positive pathogens.

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Graduate research assistant tuition updated

Lincoln, Neb. —The Office of Sponsored Programs is updating its proposal budget template to reflect a set of changes to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s approach to charging graduate research assistants’ tuition remission. The new policies apply to GRAs paid through sponsored research projects or state-aided accounts.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Grad student at Panhandle Center working to develop modern crop-breeding tools for proso millet

Lincoln, Neb. —A graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff is in the midst of an ambitious project that he and his advisor hope will produce a set of modern tools for genetic improvement of proso millet.

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Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference Set for Feb. 11

Lincoln, Neb. —There are many benefits to utilizing cover crops, such as improved soil health and reduced erosion.  It’s the details of how and what to do that can present challenges. The Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference will provide information to growers who are just getting started with cover crops and to those who are already making cover crops part of their operation.

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Panhandle Perspectives: New chickpea disease study will begin in 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —Interest in chickpea production in Nebraska has ebbed and flowed over the last 20 years. Beginning about 2000 chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, became a popular crop to rotate into production systems, particularly in Box Butte County.

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