Crops for the Future

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Nebraska Farm Bill Education Meeting
Monday, December 1     
9:00 - 11:30 am - Knights of Columbus Hall, Hartington
1:30 - 4:00 pm - Bloomfield Community Center, Bloomfield
Program will review 2014 Farm Bill commodity program details, sign-up procedures, and analysis and decision tools.

Farm Market Reports

Cedar County Private Pesticide Training Sessions
All training sessions are complete for 2014, if needing a license you will need to complete a self-study course, otherwise, please check back in January 2015 for next training sessions.
Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) are required for individuals applying a restricted use pesticide (RUP) for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him/her or his/her employer.
NE District 2014 Pesticide Training Dates Brochure 
For a list of all private training locations by county, look online at:
Private Locations
For a list of commercial/noncommercial training locations, look online at: Commercial Locations

To view the biannual "Pesticide & Noxious Weed Newsletter" produced by the Nebraska Department of Agiculture, click here.

2014 Chemigation Training Schedule
Chemigation - applying agrichemicals to cropland using an irrigation system to distribute both the water and chemical.  Please contact the county Extension Office inwhich the training is being held to preregister.  An online course is also available for those recertifying.

Farm Cash Rental Rates and Land Values
2014 Nebraska Cash Rental Rates
2014 Nebraska Farmland Values
from Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Development 2013-2014
For the complete Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market report click
Interview with Jim Jansen covering the highlights of 2014 Nebraska Farmland Values  (*mp3)


You can also visit the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for a Nebraska map with cash rental rates for irrigated, dryland, and pasture, by clicking here.  

Cornhusker Economics (March 2013)
Land Value & Cash Rental Rates Continue to Climb

Cash Farm Lease  (revised 2011)  
Crop-Share Farm Lease  (revised 2011)  
Pasture Lease  (revised 2011)   
Farm Building & Livestock Facility Lease
Livestock Rental Lease
For more information about these and other leases, visit

2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates - Part 1
2014 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates - Part 2

Every two years a survey of custom operators is conducted to determine the current rates charged for specific machinery operations. The survey is divided into two parts. Part 1 includes the spring and summer operations such as planting and small grains harvest, and Part 2 includes information about fall and miscellaneous operations.

Adjusting Farm Custom Rates & Grain Storage Rental Rates for 2011

Grain Storage Costs & Rental Rates

Flood Resources for Crops & Cropland

Land Owners & Managers Update
DVD provides practical information and strategies to help land owners, managers, and farm operators understand the recent trends in land values, rental rates, family relations, contracts, and flexible cash leasing. For more information or to order your DVD click here.


Corn Harvest 2014
Corn harvest in southeast Nebraska. Corn was 7% complete as of Monday, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, with soybean harvest at 6%. (Photo by Paul Jasa)
Oct. 3-10, 2014

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Corn Production

Ag Safety

  • Illustration of a grain bridge in a binSteps to Avoid Grain Bin Entrapment. Each year in Nebraska one to three people die from grain entrapment and many more put themselves in critical near-death situations. See steps to improve your safety and a video on how to install and use a lifeline harness.


Farm Management

Alfalfa Production

Market Journal

  • View video segments, including discussions on UNL cover crop research, drying and storing grain, Nebraska's dairy industry, a market analysis, and forecast.New article
  • View video segments, including analysis of USDA grain stocks report, current cattle and hog inventories, and how climate change is going to affect ag production right here in Nebraska. (Oct. 3)


Crop Reports

Making A Difference


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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.