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On June 23rd, all Thurston County Extension Staff are back in the office but with some slight modifications! We’re all in the offices in back to follow spacing recommendations. But we are physically here and ask that you ring our buzzer.

We are encouraging social distancing and wearing masks for the safety of both you, the public, and our staff. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

At this time access to individual offices is limited to employees only.

As always you can call the office to help us be prepared for your visit and to reduce your time in the office.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (August 3, 2020)

Cedar apple rust is a fungal pathogen that gets its name from a life cycle infecting cedar trees, then plants in the Rose family and back again. This year, spring weather conditions promoted the development of cedar apple rust on ornamental pears, such as ‘Bradford’ and ‘Cleveland Select.’ As rust has developed, symptoms are more easily recognized with yellow-haloed orange spots on leaves and early leaf drop.  Tree owners’ questions center on “What is this and how do I treat it?”

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (7/20/2020)

Many spruce trees in the area are looking rough. Beyond the usual injury from spruce spider mites and Rhizosphaera needle cast, spruce trees have serious dieback, not only individual branches but in some cases, the top has died.  Drooping clusters of brown needles and streaks of white sap on branches and trunk indicate freeze injury.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (7/13/2020)

A recent brief rain burst, depositing just .2 of an inch in my rain gauge, put 12 gallons of water in my rain barrel. That’s the beauty of collecting rainwater from a roof—a small amount adds up quickly.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Educator in Dodge County (Week of July 6, 2020)

The Nebraska Extension Community Environment team has put together and launched a new webpage. “Vegetable Gardening 101”is a how-to for new gardeners desiring to learn more about the challenges and rewards of gardening in Nebraska.

Housed on the Backyard Farmer website, “Vegetable Gardening 101” focuses on:
·selecting what vegetables to grow;
·choosing a good site to grow the garden;
·how to determine what size the garden should be;
·building the garden, whether it is a raised bed or in the ground;
·when to plant based on cool season or warm season vegetables;

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (6/22/2020)

It’s been a good year for moles.  A nice amount of rain keeps soils moist and workable—the perfect environment to enable mole movement as they “swim” through the soil. Many people approach the problem of moles by focusing on grubs—that if the grubs are gone, then moles won’t be in the lawn. Though not accurate, it leads to grub control measures that do little to minimize mole activity.   


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