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By Chabella Guzman, Panhanlde Research Extension & Education Communications / Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator

Summer is here, and already, we’ve seen some excessive heat. Heat can be a stressor on people, animals, and crops.

“As heat goes up, the plant draws moisture from the root system from the soil, but it's the stomates on the leaves that actually pull that water up to feed the plant,” said Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator.  If it gets too hot, the stomates shut down, and the plant will wilt, even if there is enough water through irrigation. The plant will be unable to use it.   

By Chabella Guzman, Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center communications specialist

The Scotts Bluff County 4-H hosted its third annual Static Workshop Day on Friday, May 31, 2024 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. 

 “This event was the brainchild of Laurie Zitterkopf (4-H Static Superintendent) in 2022 as a way of getting more youth involved with 4-H projects for inside the building at the Scotts Bluff County Fair,” said Nathan Rice, Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development educator. “ The goal of the day is to bring in a variety of local experts to introduce youth to multiple skills or topics they could begin to participate in.”

Nebraska Extension will offer one-day (eight-hour) courses across the state to prepare individuals to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Exam required to receive a Part 107 remote pilot certification or license to fly drones for commercial applications.  

The course will be offered on Friday, June 7, 2024 at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff. 

By Chabella Guzman, UNL PREEC communications

Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Society will hold its 2024 annual meeting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension, & Education Center from June 11 to 13 in Scottsbluff. 

“Each state has its own Soil and Water Conservation Society chapter, that meets annually,” said Robin Foulk, NSWCS member and past president.  “We rotate around Nebraska and this year we are having it in the Panhandle.” The society reaches out to members in western Nebraska to host the event and get the agenda ready. 

Alfalfa weevil has been an early season pest of the alfalfa forage crop in the Panhandle region reducing hay yield and quality. More recently, insecticide regulation and resistance brought new challenges to alfalfa weevil management. With the warmer temperatures we have had in the past few weeks and warmer temperatures on the way, producers should start scouting alfalfa fields for the alfalfa weevil now and in the coming weeks.

By Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist 

For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This series of articles will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation. If this is the first article you are seeing in this series, I would encourage you to go back to the previous article for background and additional guidance. 

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