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Lawns. Allow turfgrass to come out of dormancy and begin growth, and soil temperatures to warm before starting most care practices. Especially for do-it-yourselfers, waiting is better for the lawn than starting too early.

Mowing is not needed prior to grass greening up and beginning growth.  The first mowing should be done once green grass is tall enough to need mowing.  Mow at a height of three to three and a half inches from the first mowing of the season to the last, leaving clippings on the lawn. 

Sticking to a new diet or exercise routine can be challenging. It is even more challenging to put in all of the hard work that goes along with dieting and exercise, and not feel like you are making progress. Whether you are stepping on those dreadful scales, or you are looking in the mirror, sometimes you feel like you are wasting your time. The problem may be the implementation of a diet or exercise program that is not suited for your body type, or the problem could be more biological. A slow metabolism may be contributing to your inability to lose weight. Metabolism is a collection of chemical reactions that take place in the body's cells. Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat, into the energy needed to power everything we do from moving to thinking to growing.

               Fall-planted rye, triticale, and wheat as well as spring pastures soon should be ready to graze.  These fields can give great grazing, but be sure you take steps to avoid problems with grass tetany.

                Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium. Low blood magnesium can be due to low levels of magnesium in lush spring grass, but it also is caused by mineral imbalances like high potassium and nitrogen or low calcium in the diet.

               What’s it cost to rent pasture this year?  Every year I get that question – and I hate it!  Fortunately, preliminary results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey were just released.

               As you know, pasture rent varies for many reasons.  Quality of the grassland, location of the pasture, fence, water, and management responsibilities, as well as tradition, individual relationships, and local demand all influence individual pasture rental rates.

Preliminary findings from the 2017 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey conducted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, indicate that as of February 1, 2017, the weighted average farmland value declined by about 10 percent over the prior 12-month period to $2,805 per acre (Figure 1 and Table 1). This decline marks the third year of consecutive downward pressure totaling to approximately 15 percent for the weighted average farmland value in Nebraska which peaked in 2014 at $3,315 per acre.  See More

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