CONCORD — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Haskell Agricultural Laboratory Family Field Day will be VIRTUAL this year. The decision to have a virtual field day was made due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the many unknowns. The committee also felt it was important to showcase the research and education that happens at the Haskell Ag Lab. The health and safety of our employees, attendees, and anyone involved in this event is the highest priority.
Organizers will be launching a virtual video tour of Haskell Ag Lab Programming at 8 a.m., Aug. 5. This video tour will highlight the research and educational programs at the Haskell Ag Lab. The HAL Programming virtual video tour will include cover crops, a drone demonstration, corn rootworm rating information, manure spreader calibration, unique trees in the Northeast Arboretum, insect issues, and bee research. In addition to the HAL Ag Lab Programming virtual video tour, other topics will also be avail able virtually. Those include land values and cash rental rates, farm and ranch succession, canning and food safety, cow milk production versus calf size, grazing management principles that make a difference, various types of tree information, Nitrate Kerplunk, how to avoid common tree mistakes. Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will also present a message virtually.
Release dates for virtual presentations will begin in early summer and continue through the beginning of August. All presentations will be available by Aug. 5, and will remain available for on-demand viewing.
In addition, the Haskell Ag Lab will have a live zoom session at 2 p.m., that will focus on various programs. Anyone will be able to join in and ask questions of the presenters to learn more about various programs. Please register at the following link for the 2 p.m. zoom session: go.unl.edu/halvirtualtour. Individuals that register will receive a link to join the live zoom at 2 p.m., Aug. 5. The live zoom session will focus on various sessions in which one can participate. Some of those sessions include, Optimizing crop yield and soil health benefits with tillage, crop rotation, and nitrogen management practices; Soybean Gall Midge; Food Labeling-Fact or Fiction; a demonstration plot update; food and nutrition demonstration; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Nature for Kids. CCA credits will be available for the live zoom sessions.
You will need to register at the above link to obtain these credits.
Also on Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a zoom on Food Preservation 101 – an Overview. Please register for this learning session at go.unl.edu/homefoodpreservation.
These presentations and demonstrations are geared toward all ages.
For more information or questions, call the Haskell Ag Lab at 402-584-2261 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HALenrec/.