The annual Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo is coming up at the Saunders County Fairgrounds Pavillion Dec. 15.
The expo opens at 8:30 a.m. so that farmers can view commercial exhibits.
The first session, at 9 a.m., is a review of recent soil and crop management findings for high-yield soybeans, presented by Charles Wortmann, UNL Extension nutrient management specialist.
After another break to view exhibits, Abby Rinne, associate director of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will talk about this year-old group. Her presentation, at 10:15 a.m., is entitled "Farmer and Rancher Mobilization: Join them Conversation about the Food You Grow and Raise." Fewer than 2% of Americans operate a farm and, as a result, Americans are disconnected from where their food comes from.
"Come hear how consumers feel and what they know about food production. As farmers and ranchers, we've raised pretty much everything except our voices. Learn what one thing you can do to join the conversation," Rinne says.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is a coalition of more than 50 national, regional and state agricultural groups and their partners committed to continuously improving how food is grown and raised to provide healthy choices for people everywhere. USFRA marks the first time a wide range of agricultural groups are collaborating to lead the dialogue on how food is grown and raised in America.
Before lunch, there will be an update of the Nebraska soybean checkoff and the latest from the Nebraska Soybean Association.
After lunch, Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator will discuss new developments in resistant weeds and other important weed management issues.
The last session of day will cover fungicides and seed treatments. "Which ones work and should you use them?" will be presented by Amy Timmerman, UNL Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic coordinator.