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By Jackie Guzman - Learning Child Educator, Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff County

When parents or grandparents find themselves working from home with kids, your work world is bound to collide with your family life.

If your first several weeks working remotely were like mine, you have been joining your colleagues online for meetings while at the same time tending to children – children up and down off parents’ laps, little voices or crying in the background. Fortunately, my remote team is an early childhood group.  There were just chuckles and empathy from those on the other end of the camera.

Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle. These tips are relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains, and follow research-based recommendations. This week’s tips come from Kathy Tando, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Turfgrass selection: Want to have a lawn that will “keeping going” like the energizer bunny for years to come? Your best bet comes from selecting from the best turfgrasses that are well adapted to our local soil and environmental conditions. If the turfgrass is locally adapted it will tolerate the stress of the varying weather conditions of the panhandle and be less likely damaged by insects that can be a nuisance here.

The Yonts Water Conference is full of information about water in the North Platte Valley of western Nebraska – how a huge surface-water irrigation project developed more than a century ago; the groundwater that it generates, now a major source of water for irrigation and other uses; how water is managed; and the 2020 outlook for water and weather during the crop season.

All this information can be accessed any time, for free, at the Yonts Conference website. The conference was conceived as a daylong event in Gering, but was moved online to provide the same information while allowing for social distancing.

By Jessica Groskopf, Glennis McClure, Linda Emanuel, and Jean Ann Fischer
Nebraska Extension Rural Wellness Team

You do not have to go far on social media to find farmers in tractors or families out with newborn calves with the hashtag “social distancing” and the caption “I’ll be engaging in social distancing this spring, like I do every year!”

Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle. These tips are relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains, and follow research-based recommendations. This week’s tips come from Anita Gall, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course in May and June at 11 sites across Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Extension. In western Nebraska, the classes will be offered in Gordon June 3 (the second day; the first day is online), and June 29-30 in Gering.

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