Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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By Jim Schild and Gary Stone, Extension Educators, UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Fertilizing a turf grass lawn is a lot more than just buying a bag of fertilizer and spreading it all in the spring.

There are several decisions to make. One is how much fertilizer to apply; another is when to apply it. And spring is not the best time to apply most of the year's fertilizer.

The goal of a good fertilizer program is to keep growth at a minimum while maintaining a good, thick, dense, well-colored lawn. To reach the goal, at least two-thirds of the fertilizer should be applied during the fall to thicken the turf and help the grass recover after the summer stress.

Seminar planned for Aug. 28 at Scottsbluff; register by Aug. 25 Anyone who owns farmland may want to participate in a day-long seminar that will provide management strategies for this asset. The seminar is scheduled for Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Lunch will be included. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 25. The registration fee of $20 per person or $30 per couple covers handouts, refreshments and lunch. Contact Extension Educator Jessica Groskopf, 308-632-1247.
Scheduled for Aug. 29; register by Aug. 25

A Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease workshop to be offered Aug. 29 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension center is designed to help landlords and tenants put together a lease that is right for both parties involved and help maintain positive farm leasing relationships. Topics for discussion include: latest information about land values and cash rental rates for the area and state; lease communication, determining appropriate information sharing for both the tenant and landlord; lease terminations, including terminating handshake or verbal leases; legal issues related to land ownership; and flexible lease arrangements.
Workshop is Aug. 28 at Panhandle Center; register by Aug. 25

Persons of all ages are invited to attend a “Farm Estate Planning: Getting Started” hosted by UNL Extension on Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.  Cost to attend is free, but please register by calling Jessica Groskopf at 308-632-1247 by Aug. 25 to ensure that there are enough handouts.

The crop research plots at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center on the edge of Scottsbluff occupy several hundred acres, altogether. Some of the plots are an acre or less in size, some are dozens of acres.

Among the sugarbeets, dry edible beans, corn, wheat, sunflowers and various alternative crops, is a small patch of pepper plants.

It’s not the peppers that researchers are interested in, but the thin sheets of mulch that cover the ground around each row of plants.

These thin plastic sheets are a new type of biodegradable mulch under development by 3M. Biodegradable mulch is commonly called biomulch because the plastic is made from polylactic acid (PLA), derived from corn, not petroleum.

For food service managers and employees Nebraska Extension will be offering the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Course September 20-21, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Bluestem Room, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff. 

Registrations are due by September 1, 2017.  Find the registration form at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/.



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