Weekly News Releases and Columns

September 17, 2018


Cuming County 4-H Beef Exhibitors

Participate at the Norfolk Beef Expo

 Cuming County 4-H members participated at the 69th annual Norfolk Beef Expo that was held Sunday, September 9, at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex in Norfolk. According to Larry Howard, Nebraska Extension Educator in Cuming County, there were three county 4-H members that exhibited five market beef projects. Jaleigh Hallsted of Pender was the Champion Intermediate Showman.

 Complete show results are as follows:

 Market Steers … Purple ribbons to Jaleigh Hallsted, Pender and Evie Schlickbernd, West Point. Blue ribbons were earned by Evie Schlickbernd, West Point and Jamie Palm, West Point.

 Showmanship … Purple – Jaleigh Hallsted and Blue ribbons to Evie Schlickbernd and Jamie Palm.


SOURCE: Larry Howard, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE:  September 17, 2018

Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Offered

 Nebraska Extension will be offering four Beef Quality Assurance informational meetings for area beef producers.

 The dates and locations are:

 Wednesday, September 26 – 10:00 a.m., Washington County Extension Office, 597 Grant St, Suite 200, Blair, NE 68008

 Wednesday, September 26 – 1:30 p.m., Homestead Center, 1119 B St, Schuyler, NE   68661

 Wednesday, September 26 – 6:00 p.m. West Point Livestock, 839 S. Colfax St., West Point NE   68788.  (This meeting is in partnership with West Point Livestock).  Meal served.

 Saturday, October 6 – BQA Transportation, Schuyler. Contact Rob Eirich: 308-632-1230.

 Topics that will be covered at the meetings include Antibiotic Stewardship, Veterinary Feed Directive, and General Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Assessment topics.  These meetings are also for those producers that need BQA certification or recertification.  There is a $20 fee for those who wish to become BQA certified.

 Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting Larry Howard, Nebraska Extension Educator in Cuming County located in West Point at 402-372-6006.  For additional information contact the Nebraska Extension office in Cuming County or Rob Eirich, Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance at 308-632-1230.


SOURCE:  Larry Howard, Extension Educator

RELEASE DATE: September 10 – October 1, 2018


Larry Howard

Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension

Serving Cuming County

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 16-22, 2018

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 16-22, 2018. This annual promotional week commemorates the hard work and sacrifices made by our nation's farmers and ranchers. This year's theme is Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.”

The theme reminds local and rural communities that agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. and farm injuries and fatalities are preventable through education. The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that agriculture accounts for 21.3 deaths per 100,000 workers and approximately 130,000 disabling injuries.

Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first document.  As we recognize National Farm Safety & Health Week this September, please join in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and ranches across the U.S. as producers enter the harvest season.

One of the biggest hazards during harvest season is the farm equipment and the motorists having to share the roadways.  Here in rural America, most of us realize that the farmer driving the harvest equipment is completing their job for the season.  Driving farm equipment on public roads is a top concern for farmers, yet some farmers have no choice but to use a public road to get farm equipment to and from the field. Motorists can help by slowing down and giving them plenty of room to maneuver the equipment and use caution to help keep our roadways more safe.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, more than 40 percent of all rural traffic fatalities occurred on rural roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher. The Committee on Agricultural Safety and Health Research and Extension found crash fatalities in rural counties were nearly twice as high as urban counties.

Before taking farm equipment on public roads, farmers should inspect their equipment to make sure motorists can easily see it.  Make sure each piece of farm equipment has a slow moving vehicle sign and working lights.   Even without farm equipment, the hills, bridges, and turns on rural roads can present unique challenges for motorists. Some intersections on gravel roads have no stop signs. Dry weather conditions may make roads dusty while wet weather may soften road shoulders.  There are certain situations such as crossing bridges or traveling on hilly roads where visibility for the motorist and the farm equipment driver may be limited. Having an escort vehicle may help to call attention to the farm equipment on the road so that everyone may share the road safely.

There is also a new farm safety website, “Telling the Story,” which features firsthand accounts by farmers who have been injured or who have lost family members to agriculture-related incidents. The website debuts just in time for National Farm Safety Week.  Tellingthestoryproject.org provides a venue for farmers who have been impacted by fatal and non-fatal agricultural workplace injuries to share their experiences and offer insight for injury prevention. The site also includes links to major AG safety resources such as the National Ag Safety Database, the US Agricultural Health and Safety Centers YouTube channel, Farm & Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP) and Ireland’s Health and Safety Authority (HAS) Survivor Stories.

Food, Nutrition and Health
Hannah Guenther
Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension
Serving Cuming County

Eat With Your Teeth and For Your Teeth

Charlotte has been blessed with her mother’s charisma, dance moves….and teeth. And no I do not mean that they are the same shape or size, I mean that they are soft and cavity prone. I had my first 2 cavities filled when I was under 3. Things only progressed from there. When I was 8, I had 12 cavities at one time. The dentist insisted I was going to bed with jolly ranchers in my mouth! Quite the opposite I explained. My mom didn’t have candy or pop in our house and I brushed my teeth twice a day. Diagnosis - soft teeth. Charlotte has been going to the dentist since she was 4, but it was this past summer that the reality of my genetics became present. She had a mouth FULL of cavities. I exclaimed to her dentist that she doesn’t eat candy, doesn’t drink pop (she thinks it’s too spicy), and I help her brush her teeth! He shrugged assured me he believed me and said the same thing I had been told – soft teeth. Feeling defeated, he gave me some very useful tools of how to help Charlotte eat with her teeth and for her teeth.

No More Grazing

I’m a big fan of grazing and I’ve let Charlotte do the same. When she is hungry, I let her eat. I try to give her options of fruit and string cheese but we have a fairly open cupboard policy in our house. The dentist said ‘NO MORE SNACKING’. Continuous snacking can have a serious impact on your teeth! The American Academy of Dietetics recommends waiting 2 hours between snacks and meals. The dentist also recommended making snacks a little more substantial so there isn’t that continual eating until her next big meal or if I do notice that she is still hungry to feed her a big meal a little earlier than planned.

Bottle before Bedtime

Charlotte inherited my teeth, but she’s part bucket calf and she inherited that from her bonus dad, Adam! The girl loves her milk and will drink it all day long. The dentist said yes, milk is great for building strong teeth and bones but it has lactose which is a natural occurring sugar in dairy and it can lead to cavities. He said serve milk at meals but everything else needs to be water! Another recommendation was if you are going to do a sport drink or juice it would be a 1:1 ratio of juice/drink to water but limit that to special occasions.

Fruits & Vegetables

The dentist said bump up the fruit and vegetable game. The American Academy of Dietetics states that fresh fruits and vegetables help stimulate the production of saliva and this cleanses the mouth helping prevent cavities from developing. Throw spinach and fresh pineapple into a fun tropical smoothie or allow children to use fresh fruits and vegetables to create funny faces to eat and enjoy.

Now, let’s just hope Charlotte doesn’t inherit my singing voice as well!!!

Source: https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/eat-right-for-a-healthy-mouth-and-teeth


Moving Houseplants Indoors

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 September is the best month for transitioning our houseplants from the outdoors to inside.  At this time of year, we don’t have the impending crunch of time when frost is imminent and our only choice is to hastily move plants indoors. By planning ahead, we have the time to pay attention to our houseplants by pulling away dead leaves, chasing out the spiders and checking plants for damage by critters. By waiting until frost is imminent, our haste increases chances of accidentally bringing in aphids, whiteflies, scale insects and mealybugs, exposing unaffected plants to a possible infestation.

Ladybugs do an excellent job of keeping insect pest populations low.  Unfortunately they often disperse as we bring our houseplants indoors. Pest insects will then become a bigger problem when unchecked by ladybugs.  If your houseplant has a high infestation, consider discarding the plant rather than risk spreading problems to your other plants.

One winter, I kept seeing tiny grasshoppers in my kitchen window. A grasshopper had laid eggs in the soil of a houseplant that I had outside over the summer! I was able to drench the soil with a solution of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to 1 cup of water to kill the immature insects. This simple technique can be used while houseplants are still outside. The same solution can be put into a spray bottle and applied to the upper and lower leaf surfaces to kill aphids and whiteflies. 

Keep a pair of scissors or pruners handy to cut away damaged or diseased leaves. Now is also the time to give plants a good haircut.  They’ll fit better on plant shelves and there won’t be as many dead leaves falling to the floor.

Creating Pollinator Habitats Workshop

Learn about plants that benefit pollinators with the option of building a solitary bee hotel to take home, Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 pm. Cost of workshop is $15 per person or for couples sharing materials; $25 per person for program and bee hotel materials.  Dodge County Extension, 1206 West 23rd Street, Fremont NE. Please pre-register by calling 402.727.2775.

The Extension Master Gardener horticulture helpline and open clinic hours are:

Mondays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Washington County Extension, 402-426-9455

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Cuming County Extension, 402-372-6006

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Dodge County Extension, 402-727-2775