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The Master Gardener Horticulture Helpline is available to answer gardening questions and to take samples for identification/diagnosis during the following times and days.  The helpline is a service to everyone, regardless of what county they are from.

May through September:

Mondays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Washington County Extension, 402 426-9455

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Cuming County Extension, 402 672-6006

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, 402 727-2775

By Kathleen Cue

Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

With over 300 ornamental and edible plants they like to feed on, Japanese beetles (JB) can quickly become an overwhelming insect in the landscape.  Last year, one gardener brought in his peach so covered in Japanese beetles that it was hard to identify the fruit as a peach!

If you didn’t have Japanese beetles last year, then hurray, you may not get any this year or if you do get them, they will be in such low numbers that hand-picking will take care of the problem.  But if you had JB last year, chances are very good you’ll have them this year, too.  

By Kathleen Cue, Extension Educator-HorticultureThe much-dreaded emerald ash borer (EAB) was identified in Douglas County in 2016.  Since that time, EAB has been found in several other locations that holds implications for counties in the eastern part of Nebraska.

Infestations of this insect are known to kill ash trees in a relatively short time period—from 3 to 5 years in most cases.  Once an ash tree is dead, the tree quickly becomes brittle and is a threat to nearby homes, vehicles, and yes, people.

The Thurston County Extension Board has two open positions for a three-year term, January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. The Extension Board is comprised of 6-12 registered voters residing in Thurston County. The purpose of the Extension Board is to establish, maintain and provide direction to the Nebraska Extension program in Thurston County, among others. 
Extension covers programming in the areas of 
• Livestock Systems
• The Learning Child
• Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems
• Community Vitality Initiative
• Cropping and Water Systems
• Food, Nutrition & Health
• 4-H Youth Development

We are exited to announce our summer workshops for youth are HERE!! We will be holding several sessions every week in June & July. Several of these camps will be open to all ages but others, like Clover Kid Camp, will be for either older or younger youth. Come join us for an exciting summer of learning. To register or learn more go to: Thurston County Workshops 2017

Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems.  Sessions include:

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