Several area Extension Educators and I have been involved with on-farm research for several years. I’ve shared many of our Quad County On-farm Research results at meetings, in my columns and on the web. These results are also posted on the CropWatch Website.
This year we’ve combined efforts across Nebraska and are working to investigate topics in three general areas:
1) Irrigation – water application management in corn production
2) Nitrogen management in corn production – both irrigated and dryland
3) Corn population study in irrigated and dryland
If you’d be interested in any of these topics, give Gary Zoubek a call at: 402-362-5508 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Keith Glewen, Extension Educator at: 402-624-8030 or email him at: email@example.com. They are the statewide contacts for this statewide effort.
For the last two years, I’ve been working to get a website with resources and lessons for 4-H leaders, extension staff, agricultural education instructors, and youth developed regarding crop production. I’m happy to announce that this webpage is up and running and can be found at cropwatch.unl.edu/youth.
The objective of this webpage is to provide a one spot stop with crop production information, some of it specific for Nebraska and some general crop information that can be used for a variety of locations.
The webpage is divided into four main sections: crop and plant science facts, activities for youth, 4-H & FFA projects, and teaching activities & resources. “Crop and plant science facts” provides a short summary of crop statistics and other fun facts. “Activities for youth” has some fun crossword puzzles, word searches and other interactive activities for youth to participate. The 4-H and FFA project page has some of the opportunities available through 4-H and FFA such as Crop Science Investigation workshop series and other events related to crops. Finally, the “Teaching Activities and Resources” page currently has nine lessons available for anyone to download and teach hands-on activities to any age group, depending on how in depth they make the content.
More web-based interactive activities and lessons will be added to this webpage as time passes. I hope you will take some time to explore this webpage and encourage youth to consider a career in crop and plant sciences.