Wilber Crop Clinic features numerous speakers at Sokol Hall Friday

Wilber Crop Clinic features numerous speakers at Sokol Hall Friday
UNL climatologist Al Dutcher (pointing, right) speaks with area farmers Friday at the Wilber Crop Clinic held at the Sokol Hall.

WILBER, NE – The University of Nebraska Extension Office in Saline County organized the Wilber Crop Clinic on Friday morning at the Sokol Hall in Wilber.

After a social hour at 8 a.m. with coffee and kolaches, the event began at 9 a.m. with associate state climatologist Al Dutcher explaining how an El Niño will likely dominate the climate in the first half of 2019.

Dutcher says to expect above-normal temperatures along with above normal precipitation for the remainder of winter and into the spring.

The event featured a number of speakers covering topics such as marketing outlooks for corn and soybeans, a farm bill update, dicamba complaints and plenty more.

UNL Extension Educator Randy Pryor, who works with Saline, Jefferson and Gage County, says the crop clinic gives area farmers a chance to learn about topics that effect them daily.

“We’ve had a good attendance in the past from farmers and operators and agribusiness professionals from around the area,” Pryor said. “We have cutting edge topics that are important to producers today.”

Pryor himself ended the program Friday by giving an on-farm research update, talking about cover crops and other ideas.

“Farmers will statistically analyze certain ideas that they have on their own farm,” Pryor said. “I think it’s the wave of the future. That’s the one thing about Extension – we share our results. That benefits farmers from across the state.”

Pryor says another crop clinic, similar to the one in Wilber, will be held at the Beatrice Valentino’s on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Farmers interested in attending can register at Gage.UNL.EDU. More information can be gained by calling Pryor’s office at 402-821-2151.

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