Nebraska Extension in Cheyenne, Kimball & Banner Counties

‘Coffee with a Forester’ June 26 addresses tree concerns  

Often we think trees are pretty resilient and for the most part, they are; they are tough! However, whether from storms, animal damage, or possibly poor planting techniques, trees can falter, slip a little and have issues.

Learning how to take care of some issue, might ease concerns and answer your questions. To pick up a few pointers, a Coffee with a Forester workshop will be held at the South Platte NRD Conference room, 551 Parkland Drive in Sidney on Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. The event is hosted by UNL Extension – Cheyenne County.

Trees normally are pretty trouble free, but occasionally something goes wrong. Some of the indicators of problems can be the color of the needles or leaves which may turn brown or yellow and branches may break and fall in storms. “Stressful conditions play a big role in the development of disease and insect problems,” said Laurie Stepanek, forest health specialist with the Nebraska Forest Service from Lincoln. Often trees in decline will have some pest issues flare up and reach threshold levels which can indicate that treatment may be helpful.

In the news, we hear about tree pests that are coming soon; emerald ash borer, pine wilt, and others. Are any of these coming to Sidney and the surrounding area? Is there anything that can or should be done about it?

To learn more about trees in western Nebraska, Extension Educator Karen DeBoer is hosting a “Coffee with a Forester” on June 26 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Platte NRD Conference Room. Nebraska Forest Service health specialists will present on topics about storm damage, chlorosis treatment and provide a tree pest update.

To register for the “Coffee with a Forester” program, please call Karen at 308-254-4455 by June 25 so that enough materials will be available.

Nebraska Extension offer tractor safety course for teens in Gering June 18-19

A tractor safety course for 14- and 15-year-old youths who work on farms is scheduled for June 18 and 19 at Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering.

Gering is one of 12 towns across Nebraska where tractor safety courses will be provided by members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. The course provides extensive training on tractor and all-terrain vehicles safety with a variety of hands-on activities.

Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ and respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course for those 14 and 15 years old who work on farms. Those under age 14 are not eligible to take the course.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

The most common cause of agricultural-related deaths in Nebraska is overturned tractors and ATVs, said Susan Harris-Broomfield, University of Nebraska Extension educator in Kearney and Franklin counties.

Cost of the course is $60 and includes educational materials and instruction, supplies and lunch. To register, contact Scotts Bluff County Extension office at 308-632-1480.

The first day of class will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, hands-on participation, concluding with a written test, which students must pass to attend the second day of training.

The second day of training will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Classes begin at 8 a.m. both days. 

Students will demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. The ATV simulator will be at most sites and will demonstrate experience about safe behavior and laws for ATVs and utility-task vehicles (UTVs).

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., Ellen Duysen; UNMC graduate students Dan Kent, and Jill Oatman; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner and John Thomas. 

End times vary depending on the number of participants.


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