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A series of University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension programs this winter will provide up-to-date information on a variety of topics of interest to agribusiness professionals and producers.

NU's Integrated Crop Management Winter Programs will be offered December through March, at several sites across the state. These sessions will provide the opportunity for agribusiness professionals to expand their knowledge base, earn CCA credits and ultimately, increase profits, said Keith Glewen, Extension educator and program coordinator.

"Today, more than ever, agribusiness professionals need to be equipped with current information to make decisions and solve problems," he said.

The training sessions provide in-depth and detailed information from NU specialists and private industry about crop production, management and diagnostics; soil and water quality; soil fertility; and past management issues.

Continuing education credits for the Certified Crop Advisers Program have been applied for.

For more information or to register, contact Glewen, at 402-624-8030.

Fees include lunch, refreshment breaks, workshop materials and instruction manual. Attendance is available at one or all the sessions. All times are central standard time unless otherwise noted.

The first three programs are co-sponsored by the Nebraska Agribusiness Association, the Certified Crop Advisory Program and University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. These programs, dates, times, locations, cost and topics include:

--Irrigation-Soil and Water Management Short Course B; Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., College Park, Grand Island, $100. Topics include assembling soil and water relations information, soil and water measurement techniques, how to estimate crop water use rates, irrigation scheduling using spreadsheets, irrigation efficiency of field vs. watershed, furrow irrigation system management, sprinkler positioning issues, irrigation system case studies--economics and irrigation system cost share programs.

--Crop Pest Management B; Dec. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, $125 by Dec. 11 and $135 after Dec. 11. The session covers plant disease biology; insect biology; weed biology; plant pathogens, weeds and insect laboratory exercise; joint field diagnosis of crop injury symptoms; insect management concepts and herbicide action in plants and the environment. This program is co-sponsored by Nebraska Agribusiness Association, Nebraska Certified Crop Adviser Program and NU Cooperative Extension.

--Basic Soils B; Dec. 19 and 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, $225 by Dec. 11 and $245 after Dec. 11. The program covers how soils develop and vary, soil survey usage, physical and chemical characteristics of soils, plant growth and development, soil and fertilizer nitrogen, soil and fertilizer phosphorus, macronutrients and micronutrients, manure management, soil sampling procedures. Soil testing principles and plant analysis, fertilizer recommendation philosophies, soil water issues as related to irrigation and precision agriculture in soil management. This program is co-sponsored by Nebraska Agribusiness Association, Nebraska Certified Crop Adviser Program and NU Cooperative Extension.

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