Local Interest

August 16, 2018

Corn & Soybean Pests

There are a couple crop pests I’d like to ask farmers, field scouts, crop consultants, or anyone else that is out in corn and soybean fields to help me identify. These are both relatively new in Nebraska and we are just learning more about them. Let’s take soybeans first.

August 9, 2018

Watering Lawns

Until recently, we’ve had timely rains most of the summer and supplemental water demands for our turf have been minimal. About a week ago, I watered my lawn for only the second time all summer. However, looking at the extended forecast with above average temperatures and below normal precipitation for the majority of August, watering our lawns may become critical.

August 2, 2018

Soybean Management Field Days

For 20 years, Soybean Management Field Days have helped Nebraska soybean growers stay competitive in the global marketplace. These programs focus on bringing research-based information to local farms. Last year we hosted one of these in Burt County.

This year, there are two programs in this part of the state. You can select the location closest to you or the one that fits best in your schedule. This year Soybean Management Field Day programs will be held:

July 25, 2018

“S” is for Scouting, Soybeans & SCN

July 19, 2018 

World Cup of Tomatoes

            We just had the World Cup in soccer, but I think there’s a competition between gardeners that rivals the intensity of the World Cup... the race to see who can produce the first tomato from their garden. I have to confess, my wife is a participant in this event! Since I’m her husband, it’s my fault if she doesn’t win. Last weekend, we toured her tomato plants so I could advise her (now that’s a first) on anything she needed to be doing. We discovered two common problems she, and many other gardeners, face this time of year.

July 12, 2018

Yellow Nutsedge Control

            With all the rain we’ve had this year, I’m mowing my lawn a couple times a week, just to keep up. It’s like I’m mowing my lawn in May, not July. But even as fast as my lawn is growing, there’s a couple areas where there are a few light yellow-green blades that grow faster and are taller than the rest of my grass. This is a good reminder that yellow nutsedge is showing up in lawns. Once it does, it is the time to start controlling this pesky lawn weed.

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