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September 19th through September 25th will be Farm Safety Week.  It is important to acknowledge, celebrate, and uplift America’s farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges over the past few years, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber, and fuel that we need. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. With fall harvest beginning, safety needs to be an important focus for farmers and others in our rural community.  

Earlier this summer we have received some excellent rains here in southeastern Nebraska, especially compared to many other parts of the state. The last 3-4 weeks have been relatively dry and also with some very hot temperatures.

So have you seen that purple topped grass growing in the ditches, in pastures, along fields and in waterways recently? This grass is called just what it looks like, “Purpletop”. Another name for this grass is greasegrass.
Late summer, fall and harvest are good times to check out where you may have a problem with specific weeds or where a new weed is invading or possibly even herbicide resistance is developing. By identifying the weed, extent of any infestations and locations of weed problems, you will have a better strategy for managing these weeds in the future, maybe even this fall.
4-H Volunteer/Leader Screening - Required in 2021

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer Activity Application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the volunteer screening. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteers are screened in order to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with Nebraska 4-H programs and provide protection for the child, volunteer, educator, 4-H Council, Extension Board, and UNL Extension.

In traveling around southeast Nebraska I am seeing a number of trees in the area showing signs of iron In traveling around southeast Nebraska I am seeing a number of trees in the area showing signs of iron chlorosis. This is the condition when the leaves of trees are more yellow than normal. In the environmental conditions southeast Nebraska has experienced in recent years, trees have been under a great deal of stress.

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Bruns reappointed as West Central Research and Extension Center director

October 13, 2021
Kelly Bruns has been reappointed to the role of director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research, Extension and Education Center (WCREEC) in North Platte. The reappointment is for a five-year term.

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Faculty Spotlight: Brian Cox

October 11, 2021
Meet Brian Cox, engagement zone coordinator for Nebraska Extension.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Panhandle Learning Agricultural Network (PLAN) aims to increase farmer adoption of field-based sensors

October 7, 2021
Nowadays, farmers have more access than ever to data of all kinds about their crops, thanks to rapid development of sensor and telemetry techniques over the past few decades. Yet the adoption rate of sensors for farming operations is still low, possibly due to cost, comfortability of adapting to sensor-based management, concerns on return on investment, and other reasons.

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FarmBits podcast launches new season Oct. 7

October 4, 2021
The FarmBits podcast will return to airwaves beginning Oct. 7, with the release of new episodes. FarmBits has a new team of hosts and a refreshed structure that will add variety to the podcast.

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