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At the end of April, I had the opportunity to go to Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension, and Education Center (ENREEC) near Mead to plant soybeans for the TAPS competition. Many of you may not know what TAPS is. TAPS stands for Testing Agricultural Performance Solutions. It is a unique farm management competition that was created in 2017 by a team of researchers, extension specialists, and educators at UNL’s West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center.
The 2024 Nebraska Custom Rates Report has been published. You can visit the custom rates page on Center for Agriculture Profitability (CAP) where you can share the link or download the pdf file copy of the report: cap.unl.edu/customrates
Nebraska Extension will be offering one-day (eight hour) courses across the state to prepare individuals to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Exam required to receive a Part 107 remote pilot certification or license to fly drones for commercial applications.
Summer is really here, not quite by calendar, but definitely the temperatures, and bugs. As an Entomologist, I love when insects become active, but I know not everyone feels the same about bugs. I do not like mosquitoes and other annoying bugs that bother me outside and I especially dislike those that do damage to my plants. However, most of our insects are beneficial and therefore do not need to be killed.
This time of year, storms can be bad. We have had quite a few storm systems move through the area over the past few weeks. Some of these storms included high winds, hail, and even tornadoes. Unfortunately, when storms are severe they cause a lot of damage to our plants. This damage can’t be fixed once it has happened, but we can do things to help plants survive after storms.
Most people already have their vegetable gardens planted for the summer. But, don’t worry, there is still time to get one planted, but do so quickly to provide plants enough time to grow and produce prior to frost in fall.

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