Nebraska Extension in Burt County
May 17, 2018
Mosquitos Suck, Too!
A couple weeks ago I wrote a column on “Ticks Suck!” Consider this the sequel. Maybe the title for this column should be Mosquitos Suck II (instead of Too). Anyway, after a winter that seemed like it would never end, we’re finally getting weather when it’s nice to get outside and do something. Many people consider Memorial Day weekend as the official beginning of the outdoor summer season with barbecues, boating, fishing and ball games... or just mowing your lawn or working in your garden.
May 3, 2018
Last weekend I went out in the trees behind my house in search of morel mushrooms. Unfortunately I found more ticks than mushrooms! Ticks are close relatives of mites and spiders and pass through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. All stages except the egg are blood-sucking parasites that can also carry diseases.
April 26, 2018
This has been one strange spring! And because of it, I’ve gotten more than the usual number of calls from farmers who wonder if they need to apply starter fertilizer when they plant. Unfortunately, “It depends” is not the answer most farmers want to hear.
April 19, 2018
Arbor Day - “Rooted” in Nebraska
Arbor Day will be this Friday, April 27, and it has its “roots” in Nebraska. J. Sterling Morton described Nebraska as a “treeless prairie” when he moved here from Michigan in 1854. He proposed a tree planting holiday to the State Board of Agriculture in 1872. The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska on April 10 that year and more than a million trees were planted across the state.
April 12, 2018
Controlling Crabgrass... Easier Than Dissecting Frogs
I often say I can tell when spring is here by when I get my first call about snakes. Well, I haven’t had that call... yet! The second sign of spring is when I get calls from homeowners wondering if it is too early to put on a crabgrass preventer treatment on their lawn. (It is!) That has happened, probably in response to advertisements on TV and radio encouraging people to make those applications now.
April 11, 2018
New to Medicare Educational Workshop
Don’t turn 65 or retire from your job (if you’re over 65) if haven’t learned about the different parts of the Medicare program and how they affect you.
Turning 65 is your initial opportunity to enroll in Medicare – unless you are deemed disabled and have been for 24 months. If you are approaching that milestone I’d encourage you to attend one of the New to Medicare programs this year.
Aug 8 – Nebraska Extension is focused on making sure those at the front line of the agriculture industry — farm and ranch families — have a plan in place for how operations will be managed for years to come. Read more
Aug 6 – Those interested in cattle and natural resource management are encouraged to attend the 19th annual open house at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT. Read more