Agriculture

Wed
05
Jun
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Additional rain adds to spring growing season hassels in county

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The photo at left tells the tale of many county roads in Clay County with the recent storms and rainfall, rendering many roads impassable after another round of storms early Monday morning. The forecast shows a chance for storms and more rain throughout the week.

The photo at left tells the tale of many county roads in Clay County with the recent storms and rainfall, rendering many roads impassable after another round of storms early Monday morning. 

 

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Wed
05
Jun
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Nebraska Extension weed management field day is June 26 at So. Central Ag Lab

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COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Growers, crop consultants, ag professionals and extension educators are encouraged to attend Nebraska Extension’s weed management field day, June 26, from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center.

The field day will include on-site demonstrations of herbicides for weed control in corn, popcorn and soybean. An early morning demonstration will focus on weed control in soybeans followed by a demonstration of projects for weed control in corn and popcorn.

 

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Wed
22
May
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Lawn and garden course to be offered

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VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE

Some of the most frequent calls we receive in our office is lawn and garden questions. Nebraska Extension horticulturist, Nicole Stoner, will be in the area with the program, “Lawn & Garden Tips”. This class will discuss water use in your lawn, problems that develop from improper irrigation and diseases found in lawns and vegetable gardens. The course will be in Geneva at the Fillmore County Extension Office on Wednesday, June 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. with a $5 cost, which includes light refreshments.

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Wed
22
May
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Wellness in Tough Times team from UNL receives top score at Impact Collaborative Summit

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COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Team coach, Chuck Stamper from University of Kentucky, worked with the Nebraska Extension team to create a plan for addressing rural mental health issues. The team which consisted of Robert Tigner, Brandy VanDeWalle, Susan Harris-Broomfield, Soni Cochran and Michelle Kriehbiel received first place with their project presentation and invited to apply for an eXtension grant for their programming.

Atlanta, GA—The Wellness in Tough Times Team, representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, participated in extension’s Impact Collaborative Summit.

The team received the top score for the north central region during the LaunchFest portion of the Summit, an opportunity for teams to pitch their projects and programs to a panel of Cooperative Extension leaders and external partners.

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Wed
01
May
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Fehr takes state FFA office at convention

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Sutton’s one and only Megan Fehr has been chosen to be one of the next State FFA officers for 2019-20. She will be a fulltime student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as committing her time as a full-time FFA officer.

Fehr said next year will be “pretty busy, and that’s probably an understatement” when she referred to some of the activities she and her teammates will be doing.

Fehr was introduced to the organization years ago when she watched her older brother, Tyler, receive his American Degree at National Convention in 2013. The America Degree is the highest achievement an FFA member can be awarded by the National FFA Organization.

 

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Wed
01
May
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Planting a little behind, but most stress due to missed fall field work

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After a wet start to spring, farmers are finally getting out into their fields.

But before planting comes the tilling and applying the anhydrous that didn't get done after last fall's harvest due to weather.

As a result, many producers are feeling more than a bit behind as the calendar flips to May.

 

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Wed
24
Apr
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Several 4-H events occur in past week throughout county

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RITA BRHEL| CLAY COUNTY NEWSV

Clay County 4-H held a Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training on April 22 at the fairgrounds. Rachel Adams of Fillmore County Extension, at the left, was the presenter. The training is required for all 4-H members who will be showing livestock, aside from horses and pets, at the county fair this summer. Pictured here, Ethan Shaw, left, and Christian Shaw sift through flour to uncover potential hazards (candy bards) in animal bedding (flour).

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HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Damaris Rodrigez builds an edible model of a brain cell using a cookie, frosting, sprinkles and licorice during the “Messing with the Message” afterschool 4-H event at Harvard.

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On April 22, Clay County 4-H hosted a Soil Science workshop at the fairgrounds, with Brandy VanDeWalle as the presenter. During the event, 4-H’ers learned about soil identification (adding water to dirt on hands to feel consistency and passing around cups/bags of different types of soil, whole group) and soil dissection (making a test tube of water and soil, which allowed the soil parts to settle out over time). Pictured here, Harper Lange, foreground, and Chase Batterman, background, test soil identification.

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Clay County Extension hosted a Clover Kid safety workshop on April 18 at the Fairgrounds for children ages 5-7. Brandy VanDeWalle served as the presenter. Activities included practicing dialing their home phone number, learning their home phone number/address/parents’ names, and making a first aid kit. Here, Cheryl Meyer helps Lovaeh Meyer with an activity.

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HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lilly Griess, background, laughs as Eli Ladehoff hits the balloon during an activity where students played a combination of the telephone game and keeping the balloon from hitting the floor while hitting it back and forth, which stimulated how difficult it is for the brain to send messages in body when impaired, during the “Messing with the Message” 4-H afterschool program at Sutton.

Several 4-H events occur in past week throughout county

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Wed
17
Apr
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Nebraska FSA announces livestock indemnity program deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Nancy Johner today announced that producers who suffered livestock losses due to a combination of extended cold and above-normal precipitation during the months of January, February and March may be eligible for assistance under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The deadline to submit a LIP Notice of Loss due to these weather circumstances is April 29, 2019.

“The Livestock Indemnity Program provides producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the financial impact of extreme or abnormal weather,” said Johner. “Extended cold combined with above-normal precipitation during the months of January, February and early March created an adverse weather event that has had a significant impact on some livestock producers. We encourage them to reach out to our office by the April 29 notice of loss deadline.”

Wed
10
Apr
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Deweese, Sutton seniors commit to UNL

LINCOLN—On April 3, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recognized 52 high school seniors from Nebraska FFA chapters who have committed to attend the university in the fall.

A signing ceremony was part of the 91st Nebraska FFA State Convention in Lincoln. FFA members, advisers, guests and several university leaders — including Chancellor Ronnie Green and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Mike Boehmparticipated in the event at the Nebraska Coliseum.

“I want to congratulate you on what will be one of the best decisions you’ve made in your life,” Green told the future Huskers. “We’re here to help you be successful and get the best education you can get.”

Green was a state FFA officer and member in Virginia.

 

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Wed
27
Mar
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Sandy Creek 4-H’ers learn apps, maps

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Above, Alley explains the mapping for the city park to Brhel, left, and Skalka, during the afterschool activity.

Monday, Clay County Extension Educator Holli Alley taught students John Skalka and Emily Brhel how to design plans for an eight-acre city park using geography and GIS mapping.

 

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