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September 27, 2018

Controlling Noxious Weeds

October is the best month of the year to control our three most common noxious weeds... leafy spurge, Canada thistle and musk thistle. This is the time of year when these plants build up food reserves in their roots for next year’s growth. Herbicides applied at this time are also translocated to the roots, providing better control than when applied in the spring. Another advantage is many plants that might be injured by drift, but not noxious weeds, will be killed by a light frost.

September 27, 2018 

Pancake Feed Fundraiser

The Burt’s Best 4-H Club is sponsoring a Free Will Donation Pancake Feed to help support Megan Cameron’s girls on Sunday, October 7th. The Pancake Feed will be held in the Left Field Building on the Burt County Fairgrounds in Oakland from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Take-out orders are available or plan to stay for the social part of the event. Red Ribbon t-shirts will also be for sale!

September 20, 2018

Fire Safety At Harvest

Harvest is always a busy time of year. A few local farmers had just started harvest, but after things dry out after the recent rains, I anticipate harvest will shift into high gear. Crops are maturing rapidly and if we don’t have a lot of weather delays, we should have a very early harvest this year. However, we can’t let the rush to get crops harvested come before safety.

September 13, 2018

SCN... Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I recently saw an article from my good friend, Greg Tylka, a nematologist at Iowa State University. He has been a great source of information for me over the years as I’ve worked with soybean cyst nematodes, the most destructive pest for soybean growers in Nebraska and across the U.S. So I need to give him credit for about half of this information as I’m taking some of his concepts and writing, adapting them for Nebraska, and adding my own experiences and perspective to the mix.

September 6, 2018

Avoid Compaction at Harvest

Harvest is one of my favorite times of year. Watching fields being harvested takes me back to my days of growing up on a farm in the Platte River Valley. One big difference is our soils were sandier than most soils in northeast Nebraska and susceptible, but less prone to compaction.

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Coming Soon – MFP!

I was just visiting with staff at our local Farm Service Agency office and it seems that the MFP, or Market Facilitation Program, has been generating a lot of questions. If you are not familiar with it, this program provides direct payments to help producers of certain agricultural commodities that have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.

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