Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the invasive is becoming established. An integrated pest management (IPM) plan can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further, avoiding costly, long-term control efforts.

By John Thomas, Extension Educator, Box Butte County

In recent years more growers in the central high plains are moving toward direct harvest of dry edible beans instead of the conventional method of undercutting/windrowing, and then combining.

Direct harvest is accomplished by one pass with the combine. About half the time a crop desiccant herbicide is applied pre-harvest when direct harvesting beans.

Currently in the Panhandle more than 20 percent of growers are direct harvesting their dry beans. Other growing regions such as North Dakota, Michigan and Canada are using direct harvest for the majority of their dry bean harvest.

By Jessica Groskopf, Extension Educator

While it's still fresh in your mind, now is the time to make changes to your farm or ranch record keeping system.

There are many programs available to help organize a farm or ranch’s financial information. Nebraska Extension has been teaching Quicken courses for the past few months. Quicken is an affordable and flexible system that can easily be used for most farms and ranches. Anybody who already has Quicken can take these four steps do to improve their Quicken file for 2017.

First Annual Fun in the Sun - Progress Beef Show

Cheyenne County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 10

Blow & Go Show, registration and weigh-in from 8:00 to 10:00a.m. Show begins at 11:00a.m with Showmanship to follow. $20 per head entry fee, $5 per participant for showmanship. Payout is 60/4. For more information contact Kip Miller at 307-256-4116.

Deuel County Progress Show

Deuel County Fairgrounds, June 11

A $250.00 award will be given to one Scotts Bluff and one Morrill County 4-Her annually in remembrance of Extension Educator Tom Holman.  

Applications are due by September 23. The recipients will be announced at the annual 4-H awards event in their respective county.  The scholarship will be paid directly to their college/university upon successful completion of their first semester .

 The 4-Her must complete the scholarship application.

 Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will take place at nine Nebraska locations this year. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm should plan to attend.

 Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than parents or legal guardians. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with specific mechanized equipment.



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Updated Beef Cow Basics-Plus course available to sharpen cow/calf management skills
May 5 – Those looking to take the guesswork out of cow/calf management are encouraged to enroll in the revised Beef Cow Basics-Plus home study course offered by Nebraska Extension. Read more
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