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Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Education Center (NCTA) in Curtis, NE  is offering the 5th Annual Agronomy Youth Feild Day. 

Wednesday July 7, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CTD

See crop management & weed control DRONE demonstrations.  Fly a drone through an obstacle course, learn if your soil is healthy, learn how to tell if your plants have diseases.  


Wilderness Wonders Camp June 2 and June 3, 2021 Camp Norwesca, 79 Camp Norwesca RD, Chadron, NE 69337 Youth Entering 3rd - 5th Grade June 2nd, 2021 $40.00 Youth Ages 5-7 $30.00

The annual Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp forms have been released.  Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp is on June 10-12, 2021! The forms include: program, registration form, and scholarship application. They can be found here: If you have questions, call the Dawes County Extension Office at (308)432-3373.  

The Dawes County Agricultural Society has chosen the theme, “Get Out of Your Shell at the Fair,” from a group of 72 entries received in the 2021 Fair Theme Contest.  Harper Watson, ten year old daughter of Ben and Saphron Watson of Chadron, submitted the winning drawing.  Harper will receive free passes for her family to all events at the 2021 Dawes County Fair. Her winning drawing will be used for promotional material advertising the Dawes County Fair July 29-August 7. We can’t wait to see you Get Out of Your Shell at the 2021 Dawes County Fair!

Using the searchable, web-based 2021 Pick Your Project, users will be able to search for projects by keywords, curriculum areas, knowledge levels, and geographic levels. It is the intent that this feature will assist 4-H youth, volunteers and families with learning about the project opportunities using the Pick Your Project and then locating the same project in 4HOnline. Enhancements for the future of the web-based Pick Your Project continue, and its integration with the new 2021 Nebraska State Fair book will be shared soon!


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Nebraska Extension field day for management of Palmer amaranth in corn

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Growers, crop consultants and extension educators interested in management of atrazine/glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension's field day, supported by the Nebraska Corn Board, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 near Carleton.

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Wheat stem sawfly emergence – field notes from early June

June 7, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The wheat stem sawfly has begun emergence throughout the High Plains. Observations from several locations – the High Plains Ag Lab (HPAL) near Sidney, Neb., the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Research Station near Akron, Colo., and as far east as Deuel County, Neb. – indicate very high populations of wheat stem sawfly in wheat fields.

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2021 summer stocker/yearling meeting and tour set for June 30

June 4, 2021
Nebraska Extension will host a summer meeting and tour focused on stocker/yearling systems on June 30 near Nenzel, Nebraska. Natalie Jones | IANR Media

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