The Natural Resource Report can be heard every Wednesday at 4:17pm. You will hear the latest from cooperating Natural Resource Districts: Middle Republican, Upper Republican, Lower Republican, Tri-Basin, Central Platte, and Little Blue NRD's. For more information on any of the 23 Natural Resource Districts in Nebraska go here!
Have you heard of the many benefits that prescribed fire provides for pastures? Farmers in the Central Platte NRD are having great success using fire to improve and maintain their pastures. From reducing cedar trees, to improving grazing forage, to reviving native grassland - prescribed fire has been established as an important management tool.
The Hall County Burn Association is hosting an information meeting on Thursday, September 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Platte NRD office in Grand Island. Some of the topics to be covered include:
-how to get the most out of your burn
-how to write a burn plan
-insurance information on what would be covered if you conduct a burn
-and what equipment you’ll need.
The public is invited to this information meeting. There is no cost and RSVP is not required. Again, the information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Platte NRD office.
To learn how you could include prescribed fire to reduce cedar trees, revive your pasture or get the most out of grazing, call David Carr at (308) 385-6282 or visit cpnrd.org. That’s (308) 385-6282 or visit cpnrd.org.
See first-hand how cover crops benefit soil health at the Cover Crop Field Day scheduled tomorrow- August 11th. The field day is being held at Mark Allen’s shop, just north of Lexington, NE. Presentations will take place from 9:30 to Noon.
Attendees will see five cover crop mixes planted on different dates and will compare the above-ground biomass with that below ground. Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNL Extension will address concerns that landowners have such as:
-whether compaction and infiltration are impacted,
-how biological activity and organic matter are affected,
-which mix provides the highest quality forage for grazing, and
-how much crop usable nitrogen can be expected.
There is no cost to attend- coffee and rolls will be provided. RSVP is not required.
Again, the Field Day is tomorrow, August 11th at Mark Allen’s shop. The address is 43407 Road 760 in Lexington, starting at 9:30 a.m. Contact Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056 for more information.
This field day is hosted by UNL Extension, USDA NRCS, Central Platte NRD, Arrow Seed, Green Cover Seed, and O’Hanlon Seed Inc.
NRD Update provided by Marcia Lee of the Central Platte Natural Resources District in Grand Island Nebraska, keeping you informed about your natural resources and the way NRDs protect lives, protect property and protect the future.
After one year in the field, Project SENSE participants are seeing positive results. Project SENSE; which stands for, Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment, focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.
The UNL Extension and Central Platte NRD representatives will release results of the 2015 pilot field sites and introduce technology and equipment needed for those interested in participating in the future. Following the presentation, attendees will caravan to Arnie Hinkson’s field in Cairo, Nebraska to see how the new techniques have benefited his operation.
The update will take place from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, July 27th.
There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. RSVP by July 20 with Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project SENSE is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Corn Board, five Natural Resources Districts in Nebraska, and producers participating in the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.