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July 27, 2017

Corn Disease Making Early Appearance

            There are two diseases appearing in Nebraska corn fields that farmers should keep a close eye on. The first is southern rust. This is not a new disease, but what is different is it is appearing in fields earlier in the growing season than we normally see it. We have not confirmed it in Burt, Dakota or Thurston Counties yet, but it has been found in several eastern and northeastern Nebraska counties. This is significant because, for a combination of factors, it could be more damaging this year.

July 20, 2017

Japanese Beetle = Voracious Appetite

            A good friend of mine, Sarah Browning who is a Horticulture Extension Educator in Lancaster County recently wrote an article titled, “Japanese Beetles - What Do I Do Now That My Plants Looks Like Swiss Cheese?” This was perfect timing as I’ve had MANY callers in the last week or two ask me the same question. I want to share some of Sarah’s thoughts with you today.

July 13, 2017 

Mid-Summer Visitor

            I was going to talk about something else today, but I had the first of what is a series of calls I get each summer about a large intimidating wasp that was digging holes in this lady’s flowerbed. Her description was perfect as she described their appearance and the size of holes they were digging. Her concern was each day there seemed to be another one... when I talked to her, she was up to three.

Nonprofit organizations with gross receipts of less than $1M are required to file a Form 990 with the IRS annually.  Imagine being a board member of nonprofit and finding out that the volunteer serving as treasurer of the organization didn’t file a 990 for three consecutive tax years and consequently the organization is faced with paying penalties and federal income taxes, not to mention filing all the paperwork again to regain tax exempt status. Does this really happen? Yes it does.


July 17, 2017


Burt Count 4-H and FFA exhibitors took advantage of the 85th Fremont 4-H Expo (Fremont Fair) to get a warmup for the Burt County Fair on August 4-8. Results for Burt County exhibitors includes:



            Senior Showmanship

                        Purple - Megan Olson (3rd place - bronze medal)

July 5, 2017

Irrigating Corn

            I need to credit my colleague, Steve Melvin, Extension Educator in Hamilton and Merrick counties for the following information.


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