Army CutwormCutworm activity is increasing in Western Nebraska.

Army cutworms have been reported at damaging levels in winter wheat fields in several parts of west central Nebraska in the past week. Damage to wheat and alfalfa can range from damaged leaf tips to stand reduction; scouting is recommended.

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Control Weeds Effectively During Spring

Now that spring is here, so are the weeds! Dandelions and other perennial broadleaf weeds will soon be growing actively, so it's important to know how to control them. Maintaining a thick lawn with frequent mowing at three inches or more is the best defense against all weeds, but sometimes weeds still sneak into the lawn and more aggressive methods are needed. Although the best time to control dandelions and other weeds is in the fall, spring is also a good time for control.

Dandelions are living in turf all year long, not just during the spring and summer when they are visibly flowering. Fall is the best time to control these weeds because herbicides translocate from leaves to the roots with the photosynthate as the weeds are preparing for winter, resulting in complete kill. Translocation tends to flow in the opposite direction in spring as these weeds are coming out of dormancy. So, herbicides don't translocate and kill as effectively as in the fall.

To control perennial broadleaf weeds, apply widely available herbicides containing at least two of the following active ingredients: 2,4-D, mecoprop (MCPP) and/or dicamba. Using newer ingredients like carfentrazone, triclopyr and fluroxpyr, along with the traditional active ingredients can increase burn down speed, expand the spectrum of weeds controlled and improve overall effectiveness. The newer herbicides may not be available in every store, but read the label to determine which ingredients are in the product.

Spot-application should be considered if there are only a few dandelions. Spot-application is less expensive and more effective than using more herbicide than necessary. Use caution when applying herbicides near flowering or budding ornamentals or trees because direct overspray, drift or volatilization of herbicide indirectly can easily damage them.

No matter what, read the product label recommendations before using. Pay special attention to caution statements about using treated grass clippings as mulch around vegetables or ornamentals. Liquid herbicides should be applied to dry turf and when rain is forecasted for the next six to 12 hours. Conversely, granular products should be applied to wet foliage. By doing so, the product will stick to the leaf and be absorbed by the weeds.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has a very good turf website at if additional information is needed.

Specialty Crop Growers Business Skills Workshop

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) – Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska (BFBLN) workshop "How Can I Be Better", a workshop on strengthening the specialty grower's business skills, GAP information and social media training has been rescheduled.  New date for the workshop is May 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Scottsbluff at the UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center, in the Platte River Room.  Individuals should come through the side door, left of the main entrance doors.

BFBLN wants to help strengthen the specialty crops grower businesses in Nebraska by offering presentations that focus on three areas:
"Business & Enterprise Planning and Financing" Presenters - Jim Crandall, NCDC Cooperative Business Development Specialist University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Roger Wilson, Budget Analyst Farm Management, UNL Agricultural Economics – University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Monica Bruning, Senior Farm Loan Officer, USDA- Farm Service Agency

"Food Safety for Direct-to-Consumer Markets" Presenter - Sarah Browning, Extension Educator-Horticulture University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Marketing & Promotion Utilizing Social Media" Presenters – Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator and Alice Henneman, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

The workshop is open to anyone, but the focus and topics are geared toward specialty crops growers. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture and Christmas trees."
It matters not if you are just starting out as a young specialty crop grower or have some years of experience under your belt, this workshop can help you expand your skill set and gain practical knowledge!

Registration deadline is May 6th.  Register by contacting Billene Nemec.  Fee for the workshop is $10.00

Extension Highlights



UNL Extension: 2013 Statewide Impact Report

An Important resource for all Nebraskans: Why Extension? Nebraskans trust, value and use the unbiased, research-based knowledge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to solve important problems and create real-life opportunities. UNL Extension is uniquely positioned, as a part of the land-grant university system, to create robust learning resources delivered across our statewide network of Extension professionals that improve Nebraskan's lives and livelihoods helping all of Nebraska grow and prosper.  More…

Dr. Wayne Moore named Associate Director/Associate Dean - UNL Extension

It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Wayne Moore has accepted our offer to join UNL Extension as
our Associate Director/Associate Dean.

Dr. Moore has extensive experience as an Extension Specialist, Regional Director for the University of Missouri Extension, Vice President and Director of Internal Communications for the American State Bank in Lubbock, Texas and, most recently, as District Director for Purdue Extension. Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville State University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College.

Dr. Moore will begin his duties as Associate Director/Associate Dean on February 1, 2014. Please welcome Dr. Moore to UNL Extension!!!

UNL Extension's Hort Update for February, 2014


An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items. Some topics featured this issue include: recent snowmelt moisture, black knot removal, great plants for great plains and more.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

 CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at

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The March Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (

 UNL Extension's BeefWatch for March 2014Manure Demo

Check out the January issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. In this issue of the newsletter you will find information on: Meat labeling, Impact of cold weather on calf weights, Nebraska Manure Demonstration Day, Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages and more. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at 

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As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


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