Radio Interview with Randy Pryor, Cropping Systems Extension Educator:
Nebraska Extension in cooperation with the Corn and Soybean Boards is conducting workshops to introduce Nebraska corn and soybean producers to a tool that measures key farm efficiencies. Field to Market Efficiency Workshop will teach farmers how to use a web-based computer tool called the Fieldprint® Calculator. The tool rewards farms focused on efficient use of inputs, productivity, and sound stewardship practices as environmentally sustainable. It provides an opportunity for farmers to assess how their farm measures up. Fieldprints can help growers to establish benchmark data on a field and track improvements over time, set energy-saving and efficiency goals and compare performance against local, state and national benchmarks.
The field assessment workshop in Fremont is hands-on and will show growers how to document eight sustainability and efficiency indicators via use of a laptop computer. The indicators are:
- land use,
- soil carbon,
- irrigation water use,
- water quality,
- energy use,
- greenhouse gas emissions, and
- water quality.
Participants will select a representative corn or soybean field for 2015 and complete a data input sheet in advance of the Fieldprint® Calculator workshops. Meals and workshop materials are sponsored through a Nebraska Extension Innovation grant and funding from the Nebraska Corn and Soybean Boards. Computer laptops are provided or participants can bring your own. No prior computer knowledge is necessary and experienced users will be available to provide assistance.
For more information visit http://cropwatch.unl.edu/field-market-assessments-improve-efficiency
Your local workshop location and time:
- Nebraska Extension Office in Dodge County at 1206 West 23rd St., Fremont, NE 68025.
- Thursday Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Registration and lunch is provided free of cost to attendees
- Please pre-register by Thursday, December 3rd with Nathan Mueller, (402) 727-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org