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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.

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.

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