Growing Crops for Fuel Is Theme of UNL Workshops

Crop residue removal is one topic.

Published on: Dec 3, 2007

Farmers, consultants and dealers should attend one of five University of Nebraska Extension "Growing Corn or Soybeans to Fuel Nebraska" workshops from Dec. 17-21.

Bob Klein, UNL cropping system specialist in North Platte, says the workshops are in Neligh, Beatrice, Hastings, Lexington and Sidney start with registration at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m.

Morning topics include pointers on making cropping system decisions, information on making fuel from cellulose, crop residue values and how much can be sustainably removed, equipment and planning for planting in heavy residues and growing crops for better biodiesel.

In the afternoon, industry specialists will discuss what grain characteristics make the best ethanol. Other topics include corn, soybean and (in Sidney) wheat production costs, recognizing and managing diseases in these grains, water management to conserve both energy and water and evaluating cropping systems.

For details, call or e-mail the contact listed below:

Dec. 17, Antelope County Courthouse meeting room, Neligh, Dewey Teel, (402) 887-5414, dteel1@unl.edu.  

Dec. 18, Extension Office, Beatrice, Paul Hay, (402) 223-1384, phay1@unl.edu.  

Dec. 19, Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings, Ron Seymour, (402) 461-7209, rseymour1@unl.edu.  

Dec. 20, Extension Office, Lexington, Dave Stenberg, (308) 324-5501, dstenberg1@unl.edu.  

Dec. 21, Holiday Inn, Sidney, Karen DeBoer, (308) 254-4455, kdeboer1@unl.edu.