Centennial Splash

Dry Edible Bean Direct Harvest Field Demonstration


THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF THE DEMONSTRATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE WHEN AVAILABLE.
DATE:
LOCATION:
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Purpose
Provide an opportunity for dry bean growers and combine operators to learn more about the latest header models designed for direct harvest of dry edible beans including options, adjustments, and operating practices to minimize header loss.  Some growers who use direct harvest have excessive harvest loss.  Some of this excess loss is caused by field and crop conditions, but some excess is caused by the header and could be reduced.   If this header loss can be reduced by even 2 bu/A, crop income can be improved and direct harvest will be more sustainable.

When
Harvest season of 2014.  Exact date will be determined and announced when the selected fields are within about 10 days of prime harvest time.   It is expected that the demo date will be within the time period of Sept. 16 to Sept. 30.  The exact demo date will be available through the media options described below.  The demo will run from about 1 pm to 6 pm to allow growers to visit with header reps when most convenient for them.

Where
At least 4 potential demo fields will be located by mid-August in the vicinity of Alliance, NE.  When the demo date is determined, the exact field location and directions will also be provided via the contact methods listed below.

Combine Headers Expected
The following header manufacturers have been invited to demonstrate headers:

     -CaseIH    -Deere     -Gleaner     -MacDon     -New Holland

Demonstration Format
This demo will not be a contest, or a side-by-side comparison.  Instead, based on grower recommendations, each combine and header will be assigned a separate area of the field.  Attendees can visit with manufacturers' reps individually to learn about header features, adjustments, and operating practices to minimize header loss.  Attendees can follow behind the headers, or as time allows, ride in the combine cab to observe header performance and adjustments.  The objective is to provide an opportunity for one-on-one visit with manufacturer's header representatives, and for each attendee to observe header operation.

How To Obtain Updated Information About Date and Location of Demonstration
- Visit this website: boxbutte.unl.edu
-    Email us your email address and we will email the date and location to you.  Send your email address to us at:  jthomas2@unl.edu
- Call the Box Butte County Extension office at 308-762-5616
  - Provide us with your cell phone number and we will text the exact time and location to you about a week before the demo.  (Call and leave cell phone no. at 308-762-5616)

Refreshments Provided By
Kelley Bean Company, New Alliance Bean and Grain, Stateline Producers Cooperative, and Trinidad Benham Corporation

Demonstration Organized By
John Thomas, Extension Educator, Box Butte County, NE and John Smith, retired UNL Agricultural Engineer.  Please contact John Thomas at 308-762-5616 for more information.

ServSafe Training for Food Managers

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will be teaching the ‘ServSafe Food Managers Certification' program on September 23 and 24 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in Room 201D (second floor in the old Nursing College area) at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff.  Registrations are due by September 10, 2014. 

Consumer concern about food safety is at an all time high.  The ServSafe course provides up-to-date information on food microbiology, sanitary food handling and storage, personal health and hygiene, housekeeping, HACCP food safety program, pest control and safety procedures. 

ServSafe is considered the industry leader.  Over 500 colleges and universities teach ServSafe to food service professionals across the county.  This course is part of the National Restaurant Association Management Certification Program.  Over 1 million managers and employees have been certified through ServSafe.

For more information on registration, contact the Box Butte Co. Extension Office, 415 Black Hills, Alliance, at 308-762-5616, Jeanne Murray at jmurray1@unl.edu or Carol Kleinsassar at ckleinsasser1@unl.edu.

Pre-Medicare Informational Program

If you will be turning 65 in the near future and have questions about Medicare, this program is for you.  Jeanne Murray, UNL Extension Educator and a certified Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer, will have an informational presentation on pre-Medicare issues. 

The program will be given on Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the UNL Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills Ave, Alliance.  This will be the last program for 2014.

Topics to be discussed include how and when to apply for Medicare.  Do you want to keep working and delay Medicare, then what?  What is meant by Part A, Part B, and Part D? What are Medicare Advantage plans? What is Medigap or supplemental insurance?  What do I need to consider when choosing a plan?  There will also be information on Medicare's preventive services and MyMedicare.gov, the place where your claim information is stored.

For adequate handouts, please RSVP by Friday, September 12, 2014, to the Box Butte Co. Extension office, 762-5616.

Cropping Systems Productivity Area Survey

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Social Security Office Phone Number

The Social Security Office in Scottsbluff has a new phone number. It is 1-800-297-4291. You will need to use this number when you have questions about Social Security, redetermination information for Low Income Subsidy, for enrolling in Social Security and Medicare, and anything else concerning Social Security.

Farm Land Leasing Agreements, Reports, and Land Market Information

AgrAbility Helps Keep Farmers, Ranchers with Disabilities on the Farm

UNL Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska are partners in a program that helps farmers and ranchers with disabling injuries or other health-related conditions become independent enough to carry on and succeed at their profession. For more information, please see the High Plains Journal article on AgrAbility.

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