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Each year volunteer fire departments across the state are called to respond to combine or field fires started during harvest operations. The following guides can help ensure a smoother and safer harvest season without fire emergencies.
As October starts to arrive, our thoughts naturally turn toward crop harvest, but don't forget this is the optimal timeto control thistles. They can be hard to see at this time, but that means they're small enough to provide for more successful control. Timing is everything. That's particularly true with thistle control and the time from October to early November is one of the best times to use herbicides.
A written cropland or pasture lease can specify who has hunting rights. If the written lease does not reserve hunting rights to the landlord directly or indirectly, the hunting rights would go to the tenant for the duration of the lease. This surprises most folks who wrongly believe that the landlord automatically retains many property rights that in fact go to the tenant during the period of the lease term (unless the lease specifies otherwise).
Although mornings can be busy, making time for breakfast is important, especially for children and teens. Eating within 1-2 hours of getting up in the morning helps to break-the-fast from the night before, and sets children and teens up for success throughout the day.

Reddish brown patches, pock marked areas of tan grass and yellowing. These are lawn issues we are seeing now and have been expecting given environmental conditions this year.

 Roughly circular patches of reddish-brown grass, especially in tall fescue lawns, are symptoms of brown patch disease. Kentucky bluegrass is also affected but symptoms are less prominent.

To confirm brown patch, closely inspect individual grass blades in the affected area. Look for irregularly shaped, tan-colored lesions surrounded by a dark brown margin. It is best to do this just before mowing rather than right after mowing or lesions may be removed.

Megan Hanefeldt has joined Nebraska Extension as the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Knox and Cedar Counties! 

Megan recently served as Knox County’s Economic Development Director for the past four years.  Prior to that role Megan was the 4-H Assistant for Holt and Boyd Counties. Megan graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and a master’s degree in horticulture.  Megan and her husband, Taylor live on a farm south of Center with their three children: Tucker, Jocelyn and Tate. 

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