Nebraska: West Central Cropping System and Beef Production Practicum registration open
February 24, 2011
LINCOLN, NE – The West Central Cropping System and Beef Production Practicum developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research and Extension Center will help producers maximize crop and beef production profitability.
The hands-on program, consisting of seven, one-day sessions starting in March and concluding in December, will give producers with farming and beef production enterprises knowledge, tools and experiences necessary to improve long-term profitability through environmentally sustainable practices, said Randy Saner, UNL Extension educator in Lincoln and McPherson counties.
Registration is $550 by March 1 or $600 after. Space is limited. All educational materials and meals are included. Dates and locations include: March 30 in North Platte; March 31 in Brule; May 26 in North Platte; June 23 in North Platte; July 28 in North Platte; Aug. 26 in Brule and Dec. 14 in Brule.
The practicum will focus on the integration of crop and beef production, treating them as equally important parts of the same overall business, Saner said.
Economic consequences of management decisions will be a major part of the program, and university research will serve as the curriculum’s core.
Topics include: integrating crop and beef production; economic and financial planning tools; crop nutrient management; beef cattle production and management; irrigated and dryland cropping systems; crop residue and grazing management; farm estate planning and transfer; integrated pest management; and water resources and management.