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Youth Crop Scouting Competition — Views from VanDeWalle

Connecting Youth with Crops… Looking for a fun club project? Want to unite your club members? Running out of ideas for club meetings? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way! Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the 3rd annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in […]

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Preemergents Can Only Do So Much

Elizabeth shares great tips on crabgrass prevention in an unconventional year!

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No matter how a hard we try, we can’t predict Mother Nature, especially in Nebraska.  The weather this year, throws all of my previous application recommendations for crabgrass preemergence herbicides out the window.  On the bright side, we have been enjoying plenty of days with warm temperatures and so have our lawns and the weeds in them. 

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Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop

Check out this blog post from Brandy VanDeWalle in Fillmore county on:  Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop

Research Before You Retweet: Gardening in the Age of Social Media

Elizabeth does a great job explaining why it’s important to know the source before sharing information online. Great explanations for why we should/should not use some of the household remedies we see online!

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Blossom end rot on tomato. Maintain consistent moisture, try mulching tomatoes first. Don't reach for the Epsom salts.  Blossom end rot on tomato. Maintain consistent moisture. Try mulching tomatoes instead of reaching for the Epsom salts.

Without a doubt the interest in gardening and landscaping has been on the rise for many years. In order to find information on how to garden in the past, you had to know who to ask or what book to look in. Today the places to find information are endless. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the internet all have gardening information that is easily shared among friends and followers alike. Sometimes these ideas are tried and true while others are more “too good to be true.” I might not be the first to say it, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Through my job with Nebraska Extension, I educate people using science-based information that comes from research. This ensures the information that I give out has been researched by…

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NE Ag Water Management Network

With increasing cost of production, the Nebraska Ag Water Management Network is another way to help reduce energy costs while conserving water for the future. If you’re not already scheduling your irrigation based on soil moisture status, consider joining us by working with your local Extension Educator or Natural Resources District this growing season!

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Planting has been well underway and hopefully we will receive some timely rainfall with little need to irrigate. If you have irrigated ground and are looking for ways to save money, reduce nutrient loss and use less water, consider joining the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network, or NAWMN. I’ve been in Extension for nearly ten years and a program I’ve been involved with that has been a very rewarding program and made a positive impact for many is the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network, or NAWMN. Evaluation results have shown a one to two inch savings of irrigation since it’s inception. In 2005, only a few producers in the Upper Big Blue NRD, (shortly followed by the Little Blue NRD) were participating, but as of last fall, this program has reached 1,229 in 18 NRDs and 73 of 93 counties. The Network has been having significant impacts on both…

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NeATA Conference in Grand Island Will Keep You Up To Date on Emerging Ag Technologies

One of my favorite winter conferences! Interested in ag technology? Be sure to check it out!

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If you are using technology in your farming operation or business, the NeATA conference is one you should attend.

Keep up with emerging ag technologies for your farm at the 2015 Nebraska Agriculture Technology Association Conference, Feb. 4-5 in Grand Island.

Constant technology advances in precision agriculture are transforming today’s farms. The 2015 Nebraska Agriculture Technology Association (NeATA) Conference on February 4-5 at the Mid-Town Holiday Inn in Grand Island, NE will focus on the latest products, practices, and services available to producers in managing tomorrow’s farm. The symposium registration starts at 8:30 am on Wednesday, Feb. 4 and the conference registration starts at 7:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 5.

NeATA is Nebraska’s newest grassroots agricultural-based non-profit associations. The association was founded by innovative Nebraska farmers and agribusiness representatives that share a common desire to stay abreast of emerging agricultural technologies. The annual symposium and conference is co-hosted by NeATA…

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Great opportunity to learn more about career opportunities and majors at UNL!

Kimmel Education & Research Center

students2shortExperience the Power of Red — Spring Edition

Thursday, April 2, 8:30am-12:00p.m.

An event where you’ll learn how the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) prepares students for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership, and food to forensic science.

You’ll meet faculty, staff and current students to get the scoop on what life at UNL is really like. Explore campus in person and get a true sense of the UNL CASNR experience.

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration/Browsing Session
  • 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
  • 9:45 a.m. Move to First Session
  • 10:00 a.m. First Session
  • 10:30 a.m. Move to Second Session
  • 10:45 a.m. Second Session
  • 11:15 a.m. Lunch/Wrap-Up/Scholarship Drawing
  • 12:00 p.m. East Campus Tour (optional)
  • 1:00 p.m. City Campus Experience/Tour (optional)

Please register by March 26 at


For more information contact us at (800) 742-8800, ext. 2541 or

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Don’t Forget the Fruit

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You know the saying; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Even though apple and other fall fruit harvest is nearing its end, that doesn’t mean that the work is over. Fall sanitation is a key part of fruit management. A little extra work now could ensure a successful growing season next year.

Make sure your fruit trees are ready for the winter to come. Start by making sure that your tree goes into winter with an adequate amount of moisture. The recommendation for trees is to have about 1” of supplemental water per week. This is about enough water to get the top 8” of the soil moist. Fruit trees do not require much fertilization, especially in the fall. As long as the fruit tree is planted in a healthy soil, it will not require fertilization. In the fall we want trees to…

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Farmers & Ranchers College 2014-15 Programming Year

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The Farmers & Ranchers College was formed in January, 2000 with the purpose of providing high quality, dynamic, up to date educational workshops for area agricultural producers in south central Nebraska Logothrough a collaborative effort between business, industry and higher education leaders. Furthermore, the Farmers & Ranchers College will provide the tools necessary so that agricultural producers will be able to respond positively to these changes using a profitable decision making process.

The Farmers and Ranchers College is a unique opportunity to educate agricultural producers in south central Nebraska. Approximately three hundred producers from fourteen counties and three states participated in the 2013-2014 Farmers & Ranchers College programs. Producers attending these workshops managed over 184,000 acres. Participants (21%) surveyed indicated an average of $11.00/acre of knowledge gained from participating for a potential impact of $2 million.

The thirteenth annual Partners in Progress- Beef Seminar featured a variety of industry…

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