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The articles below are John Wilson's weekly columns. These cover a variety of topics related to agriculture and horticulture as well as insect, weed and disease pests.  John Wilson is a Cropping & Water Systems Extension Educator in Burt County and can be reached by calling Nebraska Extension in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or by E-Mailing him at jwilson3@unl.edu.

For more information on any of these contact your local Nebraska Extension office.

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May 6, 2019

Managing Weeds in the Garden

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator 

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April 29, 2019

Mulch Volcanoes—A Harmful Practice for Trees

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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April 25, 2019 

Controlling Noxious Weeds

With all the flooding and related damage, it’s been easy to put controlling noxious weeds on the back burner this spring. Fall may be the best time to control noxious weeds, but don’t neglect your opportunities this spring. Besides, many weeds require consecutive treatments in fall and spring to get good control. Here are some tips to help you get on top of these weeds.

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April 23, 2019

Henbit, Ground Ivy and Speedwell

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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April 18, 2019

Arbor Day in Nebraska

It seems like all I’ve talked about for the past month is follow-up to the devastating flooding we experienced this spring. Well, enough is enough, I wanted to write about something else this week and Arbor Day, my favorite holiday, came to mind.

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April 16, 2019

Flooded Vegetable Garden Plots

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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April 11, 2019

What the Heck is a Bomb Cyclone?

This term has been used a lot lately, but if you’re like me, you didn’t have a clue exactly what it meant… other than it wasn’t good. I thought it was a term meteorologists (remember when they used to be weather men or weather women?) made up to make their reporting on a storm sound more dramatic than the next meteorologist… kind of like the names they use to describe their “Super Duper, Almighty, My-Doppler-Is-Bigger-Than-Your-Doppler” weather radars!?!

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April 8, 2019

Be Mindful of Flooded Areas When Hunting Morels

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

As morel mushroom hunting season approaches, be mindful of food safety.   It’s important to remember flood waters don’t carry just water.  There is a host of unsavory things that are downright dangerous—

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April 4, 2019

Flooding and Cropland Lease Questions

Now that the flood waters have receded and the things that needed to be addressed immediately have been taken care of, folks are moving on to what I’d call the secondary concerns. Understandably, one of those deals with farm leases. The following information regarding leases was taken from an article by Allan Vyhnalek, Agricultural Economics Extension Educator with Nebraska Extension.

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Flood Recovery and Plants in the Landscape

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

The flooding and subsequent ponding has a profound effect on trees and shrubs in the landscape. The contaminants these waters carry negatively impact vegetable garden sites and orchards.  Here are some flood resources to address residents’ concerns.

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March 28, 2019

Flooded Gardens - What's Safe to Eat?

I hope this is a sign that the worst of the flooding damage has been taken care of. In the last couple of days the questions I’ve been getting have shifted from flood damaged buildings, cropland, grain and hay, to questions regarding flooded garden areas and something near and dear to my heart, if it would impact the food safety aspects of harvesting morel mushrooms from land that was flooded.

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March 25, 2019

Flooding and Ponding around Trees

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Assistant Educator

The 2019 spring flood has had a devastating impact for all parts of the landscape, including trees.  While the extent of the damage to trees may not be realized for years, how and if trees survive depend on several factors.

 

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March 21, 2019

Spring Burndown Treatments for Winter Annual Weeds

With the short timeframe for fieldwork this spring prior to planting, early weed management may fall to the bottom of the priority list for many. For those who have persistent issues with winter annuals such as field pennycress, henbit, or horseweed/marestail in no-till, an early burndown treatment may be worth the extra effort this spring.

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March 14, 2019 

Alfalfa, the Forgotten Crop

Often alfalfa is the forgotten crop on the farm. Confession: I know it seemed that way on our family farm when I was growing up. Looking back, I’m sure we could have managed it better. We can take that cutting next week… We won’t worry about those weeds, we’ll get rid of most of them with the first cutting… That stand looks OK, we’ll harvest it one more year… I’m sure there were other poor choices we and other alfalfa growers made.

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March 7, 2019

Managing Cold, Wet Soils

The amount of snow we already received plus what’s predicted in the next few days along with potential spring rain events can make an early start to the growing season challenging. Approaching field operations for fertilizer applications, tillage, weed control, and eventually planting need to be weighed against the potential of causing soil compaction and reducing seed germination and seedling survival.

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February 28, 2019

Improving Ag Cash Flows

Over time, negative cash flows will put farm and ranch operations, and the lifestyle of the owners, at serious risk. The good news is local ag lenders I've talked to say that, in general, the financial situation for their ag borrowers is better than it was last year at this time. The bad news is, there still are operations that have some serious financial challenges ahead of them.

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February 26, 2019

What Kills Trees

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Assistant Educator

 

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February 21, 2019 

Grain Bin Safety

After extended rains last fall, corn and soybeans may have been stored at a higher moisture content than usual. This moisture, along with the resulting molds, can lead to grain and particularly soybeans going out of condition and clogging or crusting in the bin. It may be tempting to enter the bin to break the crust and facilitate grain movement, but it is unsafe and can be life-threatening.

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February 14, 2019

Five Questions

I think everyone has had about as much cold and snowy weather as they want... I know I have. Even though it may not be nice to get outside in weather like this, it is possible to dream and look forward to nicer weather in the next few months. One of the best ways I know is to look at the garden catalogs and decide what tree or shrub you want to add to your landscape this year. It always amazes me that they can get such beautiful specimens that never look quite that good when I plant them.

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February 12, 2019

What is Nebraska Extension ProHort Education?

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Assistant Educator

 

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February 7, 2019

This Cold Weather is “For the Birds!”

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January 30, 2019

‘Take Charge of Change’ is the focus of the 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference

Women producers looking to increase their business-management skills are encouraged to attend the 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference on Thursday and Friday, February 21-22. Organized by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the conference will be at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, in Kearney.

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January 28, 2019

Plan…Plan…Plant!

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

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January 24, 2019

Checking Stored Grain

I just looked at a long range weather forecast this morning and it is predicting that temperatures generally will be near or slightly below average for the next couple of months. While we all enjoy unseasonably warm weather this time of year, cold temperatures are a benefit for a couple of reasons. Anybody with a feedlot appreciates not having sloppy pens and anyone with grain on the farm doesn’t have to worry quite as much about grain going out of condition in the bin.

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January 16, 2019

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

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January 10, 2019

2019 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference

Anyone currently using cover crops, or thinking about incorporating them into their cropping system, will want to attend the Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, formerly the ARDC, near Mead on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

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January 9, 2019

Taking Care of Poinsettias

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

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January 4, 2019

Market Facilitation Program (MFP) Update

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December 27, 2018

Don’t Miss Crop Production Clinics

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December 24, 2018

Composting—Even in Winter

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

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December 19, 2018

Fremont Corn Expo

Eastern Nebraska corn growers can sharpen their marketing, production, and pest management strategies at the 2019 Fremont Corn Expo on Thursday, January 3, at the Christensen Field Main Arena, in Fremont. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast and time to view exhibits. Presentations begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is also provided.

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December 13,  2018

Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety

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How to Become a Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

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December 6, 2018

5 Things To Do for Your Year-End Tax Planning

I’m going to confess right now, this past week was kind of a hectic week for me so I am going to pass along an article prepared by Tina Barrett, Executive Director of Nebraska Farm Business Inc., and appeared on the CropWatch website.

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November 28, 2018

Alternative to Pesticide Applicator Training: Confronting Cropping Challenges

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November 20, 2018

Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo

Soybean producers will want to circle Thursday, December 13, on their calendars. The 2018 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo will assist soybean producers in planning for next year's growing season. The expo, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:15 p.m., will be held in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.

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What are Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners?

November 19, 2018

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

(Part 1 of 3)

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November 15, 2018 

Christmas Tree Selection & Care

I’m going to stray from my “normal” ag related subject matter into a more seasonal topic. Earlier this week I saw a news story on TV about how millennials were creating a greater demand for natural Christmas trees rather than artificial trees.

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It’s The Berries

November 13, 2018

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

As autumn’s colorful leaves fall to the ground, our attention turns to berries as a source of color in our landscapes and for cuttings to grace our tables and entryways.

 

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November 8, 2018 

Sampling for SCN... Part Art & Part Science!

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Autumn Leaf Colors

November 5, 2018

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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November 1, 2018

Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Marestail in Fall

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October 29, 2018

Saving Seeds

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Long before the advent of seed catalogs, gardeners saved seed from their prettiest, tastiest and most promising flowers and vegetables of the gardening season, discarding the seeds from the blah, the unattractive and the poor producers.  In essence, gardeners have helped mold the shape of gardening selections, making them some of the earliest purveyors of genetic modification.

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October 25, 2018 

The “Bugs” Are Back!

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October 22, 2018

Fall Garden Clean Up

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

When cleaning up the fall garden, it’s hard to know what should be cleared away and what should stay.  Gurus of tidiness opt for removing everything now in order to start with a clean slate in the spring.  But is there such a thing as too much tidiness?  It turns out that, yes indeed, that can be true. 

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October 18, 2018

Harvest and Grain Bin Safety

I’m sure many local farmers trying to get crops harvested this fall feel a little bit like the Nebraska Cornhuskers. No matter what they do, something seems to always be blocking their progress. Our weather this fall certainly has not been conducive to getting crops harvested and pose some real threats to the health and safety of those trying to get crops harvested and in the bin.

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October 15, 2018

October Musings on the Vegetable Garden

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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October 11, 2018

It Feels Like Winter is Here... YUCK!

Six months ago it felt like we went from winter to summer with only about one week of spring. Now it feels like we’re doing just the opposite. I like fall, I want fall, fall is one of my favorite times of the year. However frost advisories make me think of winter rather than beautiful, sunny fall days.

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October 8, 2018

The Benefits of Fallen Leaves

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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October 4, 2018

Don’t Spread Weed Seed at Harvest

Now that fall is here and crops are mature, it’s easy to see weed escapes that might not have been as visible last summer. Some precautions at harvest can reduce weed seed being moved from one field to another. This will help reduce the weed control challenges next growing season.

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October 1, 2018

The Picnic Beetle

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 

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September 27, 2018

Controlling Noxious Weeds

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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.

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September 13, 2018

SCN... Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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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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Nebraska Extension in Burt County

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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August 30, 2018 

Fall Lawn Care

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August 24, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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July 25, 2018

“S” is for Scouting, Soybeans & SCN

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July 12, 2018

Yellow Nutsedge Control

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July 19, 2018 

World Cup of Tomatoes

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July 5, 2018

Japanese Beetles

Last week I talked about the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that is causing a lot of concern for homeowners. It has been identified in a few locations in Nebraska and is likely to continue its gradual spread across the state in years to come, devastating the state’s ash tree population as it spreads.

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June 28, 2018

Emerald Ash Borers

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June 21, 2018 

Brown Spots in Lawns

The warm humid conditions we’re experiencing can promote diseases such as dollar spot and brown patch. If brown spots appear in your lawn, diagnose the problem before applying a pesticide. Disease and insect pests can build up resistance to pesticides, especially if they are overused. Pesticides are also chemicals we should not put into the environment unless they are needed.

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June 14, 2018

Reduce Spray Drift Damage

For such a slow start with planting this spring, crops sure grew a lot in the last week or two. Unfortunately crops aren’t the only thing that’s growing. In some fields I visited recently, I noticed a variety of weeds were growing just as fast where a preplant or a preemergence herbicide had not been applied.

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June 6, 2018

Volunteer Corn

            I think volunteer corn has been a problem as long as farmers have been growing corn. However, stock rot last summer and high winds last fall resulted in more downed corn in some areas. This is in addition to normal harvest losses. This resulted with more volunteer corn in some fields this spring.

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May 30, 2018

Holcus Leaf Spot in Corn

Frequent rains earlier this month and any future hard rains are conditions favorable for the development of a disease we occasionally see in corn fields. Fortunately it is not a serious problem, but it can cause a lot of anxiety for farmers when they see this in their fields.

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May 23, 2018

Scout Emerging Corn for Insects

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May 17, 2018

Mosquitos Suck, Too!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 12, 2018

Controlling Crabgrass... Easier Than Dissecting Frogs

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April 5, 2018

“Tornadoes - Fact & Fiction”

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March 29, 2018

“Severe Weather Awareness Week”

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March 22, 2018

ALFALFA - The Forgotten Crop

            Too often alfalfa is the forgotten farm crop... farmers take care of alfalfa when they’re caught up on everything else. I’d like to suggest you move alfalfa higher on your priority list... and one of the first things you need to do with your alfalfa fields should be done in the next few weeks when it gets a little dryer.

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March 15, 2018

Checking Stored Grain

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March 8, 2018

Shade Tree Borers

            With emerald ash borer (EAB) in the news, homeowners are paying closer attention to their trees for signs of borers. This is great that homeowners are watching their trees closer! But it amazes me that everyone who finds a hole in the bark on their tree is sure they have EAB... even if the holes are in the bark of something other than an ash tree!

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March 1, 2018

Native Plants in the Landscape

            A popular trend in gardening is including native plants. When people hear the word native, they often picture a prairie-like landscape. One person may think of something beautiful and natural while another may see something resembling a weed patch.

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February 22, 2018

Spring Fever? Spring Chores!

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February 22, 2018

Improve Pastures NOW!

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February 8, 2018

Dicamba Training 2108

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February 1, 2018

February Programs

            There are a couple great conferences coming up later this month, but I wanted to pass along information on them now so you could get them on the calendar.

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