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Congratulations to the 2020 State Public Speaking Contest Participants

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:24

Congratulations to all 158 Nebraska 4-H members who participated in the virtual 2020 State 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The contest included speeches and public service announcements that were selected at county-level contests to advance to the state competition. Entries were submitted and judged virtually. Medal winners were awarded for intermediate and senior age divisions, and Champion senior participants were also recognized. Congratulations to the Senior Division Champions:

  • Emma Luther of Dawson County, Senior PSA Champion
  • Abbie Owens of Dawson County, Senior Speech Champion

Senior PSA medal winners:

  • Emma Luther of Dawson County
  • Ella Hendrickson of Lancaster County
  • Emily Brodd of Dodge County

Senior Speech medal winners:

  • Abbie Owens of Dawson County
  • Audra Nolting of Cuming County
  • Macy Moravec of Butler County
  • Sydney Hutchinson of Cuming County

Intermediate PSA medal winners:

  • Chelsea Potts of Cedar County
  • Jaden Hunke of Dawson County
  • Kathryn Picton of Washington County
  • Morgan Thieman of York County

Intermediate Speech medal winners:

  • Alexa Brodd of Dodge County
  • Ava McFarland of Knox County
  • Carson Reiman of Dawson County,
  • Eden Hamel of Dodge County
  • Ella Brennemann of Frontier County
  • Greta Rickertsen of Dawson County
  • Kara Brockman of Gosper County
  • Luke Syliaasen of Saunders County
  • Riley Farnstrom of Thayer County
  • Tucker Robinson of Fillmore County
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2020 Nebraska State Fair Updates

Latest Updates from Statewide 4-H - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:53

The Nebraska State Fair Board announced that the 2020 Nebraska State Fair will be a celebration of 4-H and FFA youth! While the State Fair will look different than it has in the past, we are excited to see the support for young people and to showcase the projects they've been working on throughout the year. 

Some key highlights and updates for 4-H Exhibitors:

  • The 4-H contests and 4-H livestock shows will all be held on the first weekend (August 29-30). 
  • 4-H static exhibits will not be re-judged at State Fair. Static exhibits will receive special recognition, and best of show awards will be selected. Static exhibits will remain on display throughout the fair.
  • The Youth Dairy Show and Dairy Judging Contest will be held on the second weekend (specific dates TBD).
  • The FFA livestock shows will be on the second weekend (September 5-6).
  • By having the shows on separate weekends, there will be more space in the barns; hence, 4-H livestock entry limits will remain the same.

Please stay tuned to 4h.unl.edu/state-fair for more updates as details are finalized.

4-H at the Nebraska State Fair

Parenting Style 101

Latest Updates from child.unl.edu - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 08:00

Image Source: Lynn DeVries, Learning Child Educator

There are four well-known parenting styles, all of which can lead to a different type of child. Now, using a specific parenting style doesn’t guarantee a certain type of child because we only have so much influence, but it definitely has an effect on the outcome. There is one parenting style that tends to produce children who are more self-confident, more socially competent, and less anxious, and that style is referred to as “democratic.” Here are some of the tactics and results of each style:

Authoritarian Style

  • firm but not warm
  • expect their orders to be obeyed no matter what (“Why? Because I said so”)
  • children usually well-behaved, but less able to form self-regulation skills
  • children tend to lack in moral-reasoning abilities due to their sense of right and wrong coming from external forces rather than internal beliefs

Democratic Style

  • firm and warm
  • model respect
  • promote individuality and self-assertion (they create boundaries and when those are crossed, they find out why and work together with their child to solve the problem)
  • goal is to guide, not punish
  • aim to raise a young adult who has self-control, problem-solving skills, emotional awareness, and solid internal beliefs

Permissive Style

  • warm but not firm
  • nurturing and communicative, but also lenient
  • avoid confrontation and hesitant to stand by their rules
  • children tend to have inflated sense of self
  • children are often more impulsive, more likely to cause trouble in school, and more likely to be a victim of drug and alcohol abuse


  • neither firm nor warm
  • provide basic necessities for children, but otherwise unconcerned
  • children most likely to be delinquent

As I said before, one style won’t automatically result in a certain type of child, but it is something to consider and reflect on. Now that you know what each consist of, what kind of parenting style do you use?


Zero to Five by Tracy Cutchlow


Peer Reviewed by Leanne Manning, Extension Educator, The Learning Child, Lisa Poppe, Extension Educator, The Learning Child, and Lynn DeVries, Extension Educator, The Learning Child

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Pinkeye in Cattle

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:03
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Driving or riding through a pen or pasture of cattle is a favorite chore for many producers.  Making sure our cattle have plenty of clean water, access to feed or forage and monitoring herd health are important aspects of daily care.  When examining cattle, one important disease not to overlook is pinkeye.  Pinkeye is a highly contagious infectious disease that not only affects cattle in Nebraska but worldwide. The incidence and severity of this common disease can vary widely from year to year.


Phragmites / Common Reed

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 14:41
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potentially invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is taking place.  An Integrated Pest Management plan (IPM) can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further.  This will avoid costly, long-term control efforts.


Silage for Beef Cattle Conference Moves to Free, Online-Only Webinar Series

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 17:06
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Nebraska Extension, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting the third Silage for Beef Cattle Conference with one major change:  this year, the event will be a series of four, hour-long free webinars held from July 7 through Aug. 4, 2020.


Annual Forages Planted in Middle to Late Summer can be Excellent Fall Feed

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:28
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dry conditions in many parts of the state are challenging producers to consider options for growing additional forage to provide feed for this fall and winter. In some parts of the state, less than 50% of long-term average precipitation has been received from the middle of April to the middle of June. This has severely impacted forage production from perennial dryland hay fields as well as yields from winter and spring annual forages.


Pollinators and Nebraska Rangelands

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:50
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Native rangelands are well known for their importance as a forage resource to beef cattle and other livestock. These same rangelands are also an essential resource for smaller six-legged foragers: insect pollinators. Insect pollinators include a diverse number of species of beetles, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths, and bees, many of which are found on rangelands in Nebraska. Pollinators are integral in maintaining healthy ecosystems and food security for humans.


July 2 Webinar: Insurance Tools for Managing Forage Production Risk

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:19
Forage production varies greatly from one season to the next depending upon weather. In the last 15 years, several new insurance tools have become available to Nebraska producers to help manage this risk. This webinar provides an overview of all that is available and examples of how they can be used to mitigate weather risk.

Options for Reducing Stocking Rates Due to Dry Conditions

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 16:59
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hot and dry conditions are persisting in Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas and have expanded into portions of Nebraska, reducing range and pasture production. Forage production on cool-season dominate pasture and rangeland is highly correlated to precipitation and soil moisture from March through May. If adequate soil moisture is not present during this period, vegetation will not be able to fully express its growth potential. On rangelands with predominately warm-season grasses, precipitation in June and July will contribute to continued forage growth.


Fungicide Resistance and Management of Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean in Nebraska

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:55
In 2019, QoI (strobilurin, FRAC group 11) fungicide resistance was detected in soybean frogeye leaf spot samples from 10 Nebraska counties.

Managing Cows through Dry Conditions

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:06
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hot, dry conditions in early summer have taken a toll on grass growth in much of the Great Plains this year. There are several options cattle producers may want to consider to conserve grass in these dry areas. Every producer should have a drought plan that includes trigger dates and a culling strategy, but once those top cuts are made, what feeding options are there for the core herd?


Creep Feeding Calves

Latest Updates from beef.unl.edu - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:27
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Keeping a tight grip on feed costs is a priority for every beef producer. Creep feeding calves can be a good return on investments in certain situations. Maintaining the calf’s efficiency at an early age is becoming much more critical with modern market requirements. The gross income of the cow/calf enterprises is partially dependent on the weaning weight of the calves. Outside of changing weaning date, there are management strategies that can  increase calf weaning weight.


Youth Crop Scouting Competition - Connecting Youth with Crops

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/19/2020 - 15:41
Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the 6th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops have the opportunity to learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

Vegetative Growth Stage Irrigation, Is It Needed This Year?

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Fri, 06/19/2020 - 08:16
Research conducted by the University of Nebraska and elsewhere shows that corn is relatively drought tolerant during the vegetative period, but very sensitive to water stress during silking through early grain fill.

Update on 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout – Water Flowing for 2020 Growing Season

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:53
Temporary repairs to the tunnels have been made resulting in restoring flow, but at reduced levels. The Gering/ Ft. Laramie Irrigation District is planning for their irrigators to receive only 75 percent of their normal allotment.

Western Bean Cutworm Flight Predictions for 2020

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 15:14
It is important for producers and crop consultants to know when the damaging life stage of an insect pest will be present in the field. This knowledge allows for more efficient scouting and management decisions. However, this time can be difficult to predict based upon the calendar date alone, as insect development is influenced by variable weather conditions such as temperature.

TAPS Goes Virtual for June 23rd Field Day

Latest Updates from cropwatch.unl.edu - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 15:04
As with most recent university events, the Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program has also had to move their planned events to a virtual platform. The June 23rd field day that was going to include field tours and time to visit with organizers at West Central Research, Extension and Education Center has been reformed into a video series.