The articles below are John Wilson's weekly columns. These cover a variety of topics related to agriculture and horticulture, insect, weed and disease pests.
For more information on any of these contact your local Nebraska Extension office.
February 2, 2017
Great Plants for Great Plains
Selecting a different plant than what everyone else has can be challenging but rewarding. It can be challenging because nurseries and garden centers, being good business people, tend to carry what customers ask for. Read more.
January 26, 2017
Watching... and COUNTING... Birds!
Now I’m not complaining about the weather, but the open winter we’ve had most of the time hasn’t been great for birdwatching. They don’t seem to come to our feeders when the weather is nice. Read more.
January 23, 2017
Youth Livestock Program/Veterinary Feed Directive
January 19, 2017
Check Stored Grain after Warm Winter Weather
The warm temperatures we had last week will create the potential for grain to go out of condition in bins. When we have warm temperatures, grain nearest the bin walls, especially on the south and west sides of the bin, warms up more than grain in the middle of the bin. Read more.
January 12, 2017
Preventing Winter Injury in the Landscape
The other night, for some unexplained reason, I got online and checked one of the weather websites that offers a 90 day forecast. Now I don’t put much more faith in a 90 day forecast than I do in the plan someone wants to sell me to help win the next lottery. Read more.
January 5, 2017
Don’t Let Firewood “Bug” You!
One of my projects last weekend, actually one of my wife’s projects for me, was to split and stack some firewood closer to the house so it will be more accessible. This made me think of a common call I get each winter... Read more.
December 16, 2016
Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety
After our visit from the polar vortex last week, I hope I have enough wood split to use in our fireplace for heating over the winter. I’ve hear it said that firewood is an excellent heat source, it warms you five times. Read more.
December 8, 2016
Confronting Cropping Challenges
One thing many farmers dread each winter or early spring is attending a private pesticide applicator training session when their license to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides expires. Read more.
December 1, 2016
Prepare Fireplaces and Firewood For Safe Use This Winter
Every year, at least 12,000 Americans die in residential fires, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association. Because of the risks associated with fires, it's important to understand and practice safety tips when using indoor fireplaces and wood burning stoves this winter. Read more.