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We hope this inspires our youth to have fun in your classrooms this year with the opportunity to bring their projects to the fair next summer! 

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October - December 2020

October - Photography November - Kindness in a Jar December - Junk Drawer Robotics

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Every year I field questions from landowners and renters about pasture leases.  It’s often an inquiry about the UNL land value survey and what this year’s going price is.  At this point, I always have to ask a clarifying question, do you want the per-acre or per-pair rate? Both accurately put a value on a pasture, but in my opinion, only one goes above and beyond this to provide additional benefit to the landowner and renter, a per-pair rate.

Cover the pile. Cover the silage pile with plastic.

The time and money spent on chopping silage for feed does not go unnoticed. But if the pile isn’t covered, the loss of feed will be noticeable. Even after the silage is packed correctly, air and water can penetrate the outer layers and severely damage the quality and quantity of silage. Additionally, molds, mycotoxins, and fungi have a prime place to grow in uncovered silage.

The Knox County Fair will be held on August 12-16, 2020 at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield. The Fair Schedule for 4-H and FFA events can be found here

Stormy conditions have impacted crop fields across the state recently. With the potential for severe weather with us until the end of summer, what impact do strong storms and hail have on your alfalfa crop?

Strong storms, especially those that bring hail events, have the potential to completely strip and lodge alfalfa fields depending on their severity.  The actual impact will vary depending on damage done, but alfalfa due to its growth form is particularly vulnerable to hail damage.  Because alfalfa plants grow from the terminal or highest potion of the plant, any damage or defoliation can result in terminated growth and the plant having to start growth again from new shoots.

Dry conditions mean lower pasture production and difficult decisions ahead for producers.  One option to consider is providing supplemental feed to stretch a pasture’s use.  Can this management strategy save your pasture during a drought?

Cattle on drought impacted pasture face the double hit of low amounts of available forage as plants stop growth, and low quality as plants pull back nutrients in an effort to make it through tough times.  In these conditions where plants have essentially gone dormant, a little excess grazing than what is normal can be tolerated


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Master Gardener tips for the Panhandle – Week of April 12, 2021

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Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle, relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains and consistent with research-based recommendations.

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Faculty Spotlight: Mariah Newmyer

April 12, 2021
Meet Mariah Newmyer, a food, nutrition and health Extension educator at the West Central Research and Extension Center.

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The Biggest Grower returns with summer learning, scholarship for high schoolers

April 7, 2021
Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture will again be offering a student gardening competition this summer.

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LOG N 4-H leadership camp set for May 25-26 at Halsey

April 6, 2021
Leadership Opportunities for Growth in Nebraska 4-H (LOG N Camp), which gives western Nebraska youth in grades 5 through 7 (current school year) an opportunity to gain leadership skills while meeting students from across the Panhandle, will take place May 25-26 at the State 4-H Camp at Halsey.

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