New Crop Technology Conference 2014 will bring University of Nebraska-Lincoln and industry experts to Sidney on June 12 to update agricultural producers on the latest research and information about proso millet, sunflower, pea, fenugreek, chicory, canola, and camelina.
The conference, organized by UNL Extension, will emphasize new markets for these crops, with up-to-date research on production practices, and a special focus on limited irrigation and water use. Focus areas include:
• Proso millet’s new markets in human consumption
• Chicory’s place in foods and current production practices
• Pea’s new uses for human and livestock consumption Fenugreek, a medicinal crop for Nebraska production Irrigation and water-use studies on oil crops (sunflower, canola, and camelina)
The conference will take place at the Sidney campus of Western Nebraska Community College. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program will conclude by about 4:30 p.m. Early registration is possible by contacting the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at 308-632-1230.
The Panhandle Center’s web site, panhandle.unl.edu, also has a downloadable brochure with a registration form that can be filled out and mailed back.
Early registration fee is $35 per person by June 5, and $45 thereafter and at the door. The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.
For more information, contact: Dipak Santra, alternative crops breeding specialist, UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 308-632-1244
; or Alexander Pavlista, crop physiologist, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 308-632-1240,
The New Crop Technology Conference is the first of its kind, according to Pavlista. But UNL scientists have been conducting research for more than a decade in the areas of limited irrigation, specialty crops, crops with new marketing potential and industries that could locate in this area, as well as crops that are adapted to a changing climate and tighter restrictions on irrigation.
Santra said producers who attend the conference will benefit from new information on the production of existing alternative crops (proso millet, sunflower and pea) that will increase profit potential. Information on new uses or market opportunities will help producers make the right decisions when selling the crops, he said.
Topics include: Crops for health; fenugreek, medicinal crop; chicory and inulin, proso millet’s new markets; pea cultivars for new markets; water issues in Nebraska; fenugreek, irrigation response; sunflower, irrigation response; biofuel crops and production practices; biofuel crops and water use.