Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County

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On Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 a.m , Dr. Sam Wortman, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present a webinar on bio-based weed management tools for specialty crops. Sam will discuss some of the research he has conducted with cover crops and other methods of weed control in organic specialty cropping systems.

Nebraska Extension, Lancaster County Farm Bureau, Nebraska Corn Board and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) have teamed up to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity for potential cover crop growers and cattle operators to partner and add mutual value to their present situation.

Anyone who owns farmland may want to participate in this day-long seminar providing information and education about that ownership.  Learn management strategies for this asset by attending this seminar at the Lancaster County Extension Office, at 444 Cherrycreek Road in Lincoln. The event will be held Monday, August 7th starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending around 3:00 p.m.

August 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Nemaha County 4-H Building

First Lego League challenges youth to think like scientists and engineers.  Youth between 9-14 (4-H age) are eligible to join.  A team may consist of at least 2, but not more than 10 youth.  Teams compete within three challenge areas: 1) They engineer and program an autonomous robot to complete an obstacle course, 2) They develop an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present their innovation to a panel of judges, and 3) they learn about coopertition (how to compete while also cooperating with other team mates and other teams).

This spring you may have noticed this bushy plant, with fern-like leaves and pretty, white flowers growing in the ditch. Some people have asked what this plant is because they would like it as a flower. This weed is poison hemlock.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, over ­­­­80% of homes tested in Nemaha County have levels of radon in the indoor air that exceed EPA’s action level.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is a naturally occurring byproduct of the radioactive decay of Uranium in the soil. It enters homes through cracks and crevices in the foundation or through crawl spaces below the structure. Radon can get into any type of building – houses, offices, schools, etc. – but researchers suggest that people are most likely to receive their greatest exposure to radon at home, simply because that’s where they spend the greatest amount of their time.

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Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory open house Aug. 23
Jul 7 – The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory will host its 18th annual open house Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Read more
Plant scientists aim to turn sorghum into jet fuel
Jul 7 – As members of a new federally funded bioenergy research center, two Nebraska plant scientists plan to spend the next five years working to expand the oil-producing capability of the sorghum plant. Read more