Nebraska Extension in Burt County

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May 18, 2018

Medicare Basics Workshop

          Sixty-Five is the magic number for Medicare eligibility, but is it magic for you?

Everyone’s life has a different scenario. Some individuals plan to continue to work and have employer insurance; others have personal insurance and have different needs while some couples have combinations of the two. There isn’t just one correct answer for all these examples. Knowing your options is helpful when trying to decide what you need to do.

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

Ticks Suck!

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 

Starter Fertilizers

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.


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Nebraska Extension to offer landlord-tenant workshops across the state
Oct 11 – Current and future landowners and tenants should make plans to attend free upcoming land management workshops sponsored by Nebraska Extension. The workshops will be held at nine sites across Nebraska this fall. Read more
Nebraska youth to participate in nationwide computer science challenge
Oct 8 – Nebraska youth will join others around the world in the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day challenge from 4-5 p.m., Oct. 16. Read more