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By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Educator in Dodge County (Week of November 1, 2021)

Does the woolly bear caterpillar forecast the weather?  Stories on websites, podcasts, blogs, newsfeeds, television, and radio like to add to the speculation, but could it be possible this furry caterpillar that rolls up into a ball when disturbed is just that—a furry caterpillar that rolls up into a ball when disturbed?!

The Returning to the Farm workshop series is being taught for families that have the next generation of farmers and ranchers coming back to their operations.  The workshop helps multi-generations traverse the challenges of successfully succeeding the operation to the next generation. 

Presenters will include Nebraska Extension experts, agribusiness and legal professionals.  

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of October 25, 2021)

If you are a creature of tidiness, here is a thought to ponder. Cutting back the foliage of flowering perennials, ornamental grasses, and small shrubs is damaging to native bees that overwinter in the hollow stems of plants.  Moisture seeps down through the open ends, killing the eggs, larvae, and pupae of native bees that are set to emerge as adult bees come spring.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension in Dodge County (Week of October 11, 2021)

This is the time of year when fungi become the topic of conversation. What most people find alarming is the speed with which conks, mushrooms, and puffballs develop. In some cases, it is literally overnight. What is visible are the sporulating structures—the part of fungi that produces the next generation.  A good way to think of this is plants make seeds to produce the next generation, fungi produce spores. These spore-producing structures are varied and fascinating, and most people who ask about them are wanting to eat them.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of October 4, 2021)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of September 27, 2021)

As harvest from the vegetable garden draws to a close, it is time to plan and take steps to protect the soil for the winter months ahead. This ensures the soil is in good shape and ready for next year’s garden. After all, soil isn’t just dirt, but a rich and varied composition of minerals and plant nutrients, organic matter, beneficial microorganisms, and humic acid.  It is not only foundational, with spaces for roots to grow and anchor plants, but also serving up a nourishing “stew” for seed germination, plant growth and vegetable production.

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