Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff & Morrill Counties

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Hello 4-H Families! As we embark on a new 4-H programming year, we are excited to continue using the 4-H Online enrollment system.  All 4-H families will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline at

The 2017 Nebraska Dry Edible Bean Day will feature advice for producers, the latest research, and reports from the state commission and U.S. Dry Bean Council.

Dry Edible Bean Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Gering Civic Center, sponsored by the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association (NDBGA). This year’s event will take place in the afternoon, instead of the morning as has been the custom. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the growers’ association annual meeting begins at 1 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., University of Nebraska researchers will provide updates on the following research conducted at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center:

Karla H. Jenkins, Cow/calf, Range Management Specialist
Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff

Any Google search will reveal plenty of articles on how cattle are bad for the environment. Some will say they emit too many greenhouse gases, while others will lament that they compete with humans for food resources. However, consumers may be surprised to learn that cattle are actually able to eat many things that are actually considered waste and are not allowed in the human consumption markets.

Morrill County Beef Weigh-in will be held at the East Lapaseotes Feedlot on Saturday, February 25th from 8-11am with the snow date set for the following week Saturday, March 4th. The cost of DNA collections will be $6. Other fee information will be available in the February newsletter.

Applications for the 4-H scholarships are available again this year at the Morrill County Extension Office. The 4-H Council will be offering 3 scholarships in the amounts of $500, $300, and $200. Please have your application turned in along with your record book no later than March 31st.

Reports of stripe rust in wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, were noted this fall throughout Panhandle wheat fields, particularly in Kimball and Banner counties.

Now, reports of additional epidemics ranging from Garden County in the east to the Wyoming border in the west and to northern Box Butte County near Hemingford have come in, since we requested local reports via the news media.

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