CONCORD – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Haskell Ag Lab Family Field Day will be virtual in 2020. The reasons these were the best options for the ag lab were because of COVID-19 and they still wanted to showcase the research being done at the lab. The highest priorities for the event are health and safety of everyone involved.
Haskell Ag Lab (HAL) in Concord will launch a virtual tour of the lab highlighting research and education they’re conducting. The video will release Wednesday, August 5 at 8 a.m. Cover crops, a drone demonstration, corn rootworm rating information, manure spreader calibration, unique trees in the Northeast Arboretum, insect issues and bee research will all be shown in the video tour.
There will be other topics and information presented on August 5. Those topics include land values, cash rental rates, farm and ranch succession, canning and food safety, cow milk production versus calf size, grazing management principles, other tree information, Nitrate Kerplunk and how to avoid common tree mistakes. Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss will have a virtual message to present. She is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Virtual presentations became available starting in early summer. All virtual content will be available by August 5. After August 5, those presentations will remain viewable for on-demand access.
At 2 p.m. on August 5, Haskell Ag Lab will host a live Zoom session regarding various topics. There will be break-off sessions for more focused topics. Some of those sessions include optimizing crop yield and soil health benefits with tillage, crop rotation, nitrogen management practices, Soybean Gall Midge, food labeling fact or fiction, a demonstration plot update, food and nutrition demonstration, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and nature for kids. CCA credits are offered through the above sessions. Anyone can join and ask questions to presenters. Register for the session at https://go.unl.edu/halvirtualtour. Registering here is required to receive CCA credit. Participants that register will receive a link to the Zoom session at 2 p.m.
Another Zoom session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on August 5. This session will cover Food Preservation 101. Register for this session at https://go.unl.edu/homefoodpreservation.
All of the above presentations are suitable for all ages. For more information, call the Haskell Ag Lab at 402-584-2261, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HALenrec/.