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An update on research being conducted at the UNL High Plains Agricultural Lab near Sidney, NE, in 2020. Social distancing guidelines would not permit us to conduct an in-person field day in 2020, so this collection of videos and other online presentations will convey the same information that would have been delivered in person.

By Jeanne Yeoman, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Summer lawn care: You can have a healthier lawn this summer by following these tips:

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist   Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Rusts are plant diseases caused by highly diverse pathogenic fungi that can affect many different kinds of plants. Most crops grown in Nebraska can be affected by a rust disease, but fortunately we do not suffer disease problems every year.

Disease incidence and severity are strongly correlated with several major factors, including the severity of the previous winter and temperatures and moisture the following spring.

By Laurie Zitterkopf, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Bumble bees are declining, and protecting existing habitat and creating and maintaining new habitat are some of the most immediate and productive steps that can be taken to conserve these pollinators. These habitats also support other native pollinators and beneficial insects.

Where populations of pollinators have declined, there is a parallel decline in insect-pollinated plants. Bumble bees and other native pollinators are needed to pollinate our native forbs (flowers). 

Habitat fragmentation, grazing, pesticide use (insecticides and herbicides), and pests and diseases are some of the challenges facing the bumble bees. 

Gary Stone, Jessica Groskopf, and John Thomas, Extension Educators; Dr. Xin Qiao, Extension Water & Irrigation Management Specialist; and David Ostdiek, Extension Communications

July 17 will mark the one-year anniversary of an event that many irrigators in western Nebraska will not forget – the Goshen / Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation Districts Tunnel No. 2 collapsed, causing a breach in the main canal that dried up water deliveries for irrigators on the south side of the North Platte River under these two districts.

The farmers lost water for 42 days during the critical crop growing time, affecting over 107,000 acres in the North Platte River Valley of Nebraska and Wyoming.

Phragmites is also known as common reed, giant reed and canegrass. Its scientific name is Phragmites australis subsp. australis (non-native) and Phragmites australis subsp. Americanus (native), of the family Poaceae, the grass family.

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Nebraska Extension is accepting applications for its 2021 Master Gardner Volunteer training program. The 2021 training will take place virtually.

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Nebraska Extension has announced that the upcoming Women Managing Ag Land Conference will now be a be completely virtual experience.

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