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Julie Peterson, Extension Entomologist at the West Central REC
Jeff Bradshaw, Extension Entomologist at the Panhandle REC
Bob Wright, Extension entomologist, Lincoln

Army cutworms have been spotted in Kansas and Nebraska crop fields in March. This is an important time to scout for this pest, particularly in wheat and alfalfa.

By Jackie Guzman   Extension Educator – Learning Child

As parents, grandparents and other relatives and care-givers are home with children because schools are closed due to Covid-19, it is good to remember the importance of play to the growth and development of every child.

Play is a crucial part of a child’s development. It starts in infancy and should continue throughout his or her life. Playing with your child not only helps build a positive relationship and strengthen bonds with the child, but it has additional benefits as well.

For many families across the state, cabin fever may be setting in and Nebraska Extension is working to help alleviate pent-up energy with fun, educational content for all ages.

Extension educators and faculty affiliates have continued to update the Nebraska 4-H and Learning Child websites with educational programming and community updates. This new programming has been added to an already-existing library of content available.

Nebraska Extension recently added three new remote access programs for children.

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Panhandle Research and Extension Center will be closing its office in Scottsbluff to walk-in traffic, effective at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, until further notice. This includes the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office.

The Extension Office’s telephone number, 308-632-1485, is still available to leave a message. Calls will be forwarded to an employee who is working remotely. Voicemails will be checked frequently and responded to. People who need to contact Extension staff should be able to continue to use telephone or email as before.

By Aaron Berger Nebraska Extension Beef Educator

Unit cost of production is a ratio where costs in the numerator are divided by the units produced in the denominator.

There are five ways to reduce unit costs of production in a cow-calf enterprise.

Decrease costs while keeping production the same.  An example of this would be to sell unneeded equipment or reduce equipment expense while keeping calf production the same.  Costs decrease while production is maintained, decreasing unit cost of production.

By Jackie Guzman Extension Educator – Learning Child

As COVID-19 is changing our lives on a daily basis and with school closings, families are home together in often-times tight quarters. This can be very trying, even for the most patient individual.  This can also be an opportunity to strengthen our family bonds with children.

It is important to remember that families are the first teachers of their children.  Families help teach children how to socialize with the world outside and engage with others.  Families form the foundation for children to learn from in order to become great family members and citizens.

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