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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.

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.

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