Agriculture

Wed
11
Oct
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Tower Garden on display at SPS

As part of the Revision Grant, the Sutton Public School agriculture program was able to purchase a Tower Garden.

The garden is a six-foot, white tower complete with bright side lights and sits on wheels for easy mobility. Running through the tower is a water system, which is set on a timer throughout the day.

Agriculture teacher Jesse Bower said right now they will only be growing lettuce, but as soon as they buy two more Tower Gardens, they’ll be grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables.

Students will harvest the tower and the food will be used in their lunch. 

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Harvest season in full swing throughout county

Driving through the highway and county roads it’s easy to see that harvest has officially begun, as tractors, combines, and semis have taken to the thousands of acres of land throughout Clay County.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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Keep the bugs out this winter

FALL PESTS This time of year, we often receive questions on a variety of pests, especially “bugs” entering homes or around the house. Extension horticulturist, Elizabeth Killinger provides great information on how to prepare your house to keep these invaders from living in your house.

Some of the more common nuisance pests include occasional invaders like boxelder bugs, multicolored Asian Lady Beetles, millipedes, and crickets. These pests don’t do any harm once inside the home; they are just looking for a cozy place to spend the winter.

Wed
13
Sep
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Tuggin’ away at Old Trusty

Attendees of the annual Old Trusty Tractor Pull watch as contestants take their turn at trying to make a full pull.

 

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Wed
06
Sep
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Poll shows rural Nebraskans are skirting local grocery stores

Lincoln, NE, Aug. 22— Nearly half of rural Nebraskans are bypassing their local grocery stores to buy their food at supercenters and supermarkets, according to the 2017 Nebraska Rural Poll.

Local grocery stores maintain market share in communities that are large enough for them to be viable but too small to be major markets. Yet almost three in 10 residents of those places do most of their food shopping at supercenters or big-box retailers, the poll shows.

 

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Thu
24
Aug
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UNL Extension: Time to evaluate your irrigation system

STEVE MELVIN, EXTENSION EDUCATOR IRRIGATED CROPPING SYSTEMS By this time of year, everyone is ready to be done irrigating; however, now is the perfect time to evaluate your irrigation equipment and the crop it irrigated to see what needs to be fixed or improved before the start of next season.

Many pivot service providers have excellent off-season service specials; however, some problems can only be diagnosed while the system is operating and before the crop is harvested. During the last irrigations, take a close look at how the equipment is working as well as how uniformly the crop was watered. Before you shut down your systems for the season, take time to check them out and make a list of what needs to be fixed or improved to increase irrigation performance for the next season.

 

Wed
16
Aug
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Three compete in state horse show July 16-20

Three county horse showers competed in the annual State 4-H Horse Expo July 16-20, at Fonner Park, including Holly Nolan, Tymerie Steinhauer, and Riley Kroger.

Steinhauer would take home third place and a purple ribbon in the Junior Barrels, while also taking home a blue ribbon in Junior Pole Bending.

Nolan came home with a red ribbon in Senior Western Horsemanship 15 & Up and a blue ribbon in Trail Horse. Also competing in Trail Horse was Korger, who earned a white ribbon. She also competed in Advanced Western Horsemanship and Advanced Western Pleasure, bringing home a white ribbon in each.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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UNL earns $5.78 million grant

Lincoln, NE, Aug. 2 — Harkamal Walia, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the affects of high night-time temperatures on wheat and rice.

The stress of high nighttime temperatures can lead to severe losses in the yield and quality of crops. These losses are particularly high for wheat and rice, two major cereal crops worldwide. During the four-year project, Walia’s team will investigate genes and genetic variants in wheat and rice to identify genetic markers and physiological characteristics tied to heat tolerance.

Wed
02
Aug
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Extension specialist responds to dicamba concerns

Lincoln, NE— Nebraska crop producers are joining others across the country in facing potential issues related to dicamba, a herbicide for broadleaf weed control.

While the product has been available for a number of years, this was the first year that dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean and new dicamba-based formulations were made commercially available in Nebraska.

An estimated 500,000 acres of dicamba-tolerant soybean were planted this year across the state, but broadleaf crops sensitive to the herbicide are raising concerns for growers.

Wed
26
Jul
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Project SENSE demo day to feature high tech sensors in action

A Project SENSE lunch and learn session is planned for Friday, Aug. 4, in Hebron, NE. Growers will learn how to outfit and implement the project’s nitrogen management strategy on their operations. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.

Strategies which detect crop nitrogen status at early growth stages are a promising way to improve nitrogen fertilizerefficiency and improve groundwater nitrate levels. Growers will see a live demonstration of the project’s high clearance nitrogen applicator outfitted with active crop canopy sensors and will see the high tech sensors in action. Results from the prior two years will be shared.

 

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