The July 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The July issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the July 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Lancaster County Extension Board — Building Our Community Connection
  • Treating Your Body Like a Computer: Trouble-Shooting Tips
  • Fresh Salsa Recipe
  • In-Season Nitrogen Management
  • Controlling Weedy Vines on the Acreage
  • Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets
  • Dekay’s Brown Snake
  • Start with a Boom, End with a Broom
  • Annual Flowers for Sunny Locations
  • The Price (and Benefits) of Risky Play
  • July Garden Guide
  • New “Bug Masters” Volunteer Program
  • 4-H Teen Council Received Global Youth Service Day Grant
  • 4-H News, Resources & More

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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The June 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

Farmers' Markets

The Garden Grocery: Food Safety and Selection at Farmers’ Markets

The June issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the June 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Feature article: The Garden Grocery: Food Safety and Selection at Farmers’ Markets
  • Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe!
  • Nebraska Local Foods: Three Easy Ways for Consumers to Connect with Growers
  • Backup Plan for Feeding Cow-Calf Pairs
  • Tractor Safety Courses for Youth 14–15 (Statewide)
  • Composting Demonstrations (Local)
  • Time for Ticks
  • Opossums — Nature’s Tick Eaters
  • Chemical Hazards in Your Home
  • New Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program
  • Pollinator Week, June 19–24
  • June Garden Guide
  • Play Skills for Children
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings (Local)
  • Babysitting Training for 5th–7th Graders, July 13 (Local)
  • 4-H News, Resources & More
  • 4th Graders Gain Understanding of Agriculture at Ag Literacy Festival & More

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

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The May 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The May issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the May 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Emerald Ash Borer is Getting Closer
  • Leftover Makeovers and Refrigerator Reboots!
  • Clean Out the Fridge & Cupboards Casserole Recipes
  • Guidance for Disciplining Children
  • Rural Transit Offers Affordable Transportation!
  • 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Local)
  • Upcoming Child Development Classes (Local)
  • Cash Rent Survey
  • 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year – Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • April Showers Bring … Interesting Bird Behaviors
  • May Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources & More
  • Meet new extension educators: Jody Green and Jaci Foged & More

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

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Rabbits, Squirrels & Raccoons … Oh My!

Raccoon in the trash - photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

You can tell “Spring has Sprung” in our area. Local residents are calling concerned about rabbits munching their landscape plants (and having babies), squirrels nipping off twigs on trees (and having babies), raccoons clawing their way into homes (and having babies).

What Can You Do About Problem Wildlife?

The situation really depends on the animal and the damage it is causing. You’ll never get rid of all the squirrels or rabbits in a neighborhood but there are ways to protect your property from damage. Your best long-term solution may be habitat modification and exclusion. Usually it takes more than one approach to a situation. If you have a raccoon in your attic, you will want to hire a professional.

Do not try to solve a wildlife problem with mothballs! It is illegal to use a pesticide against the label (read the label). Mothballs won’t solve your wildlife problem.

Nebraska Extension has resources available to help on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest. If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, visit here to find your local extension office.

Now here’s some help for problem Rabbits, Squirrels and Raccoons:

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado Damage - Hallam, Nebraska May 2004

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 21-25. We’ve all seen our share of “weather aware” conditions around the nation this week! On Wednesday, Nebraska had heavy snows, rain, hail, lightning and strong wind. There were blizzard warnings and tornado watches on the same day. As unpredictible as the weather can be, you aren’t completely powerless if you are prepared.
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The April 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The April issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the April 2016 NEBLINE!

  • Climate Impacts on Cropping Systems in Eastern Nebraska
  • Reducing the Size of Recipes
  • Spaghetti Recipe with a Secret
  • When Your Child Director Calls, “Your child is ill… please pick her up.”
  • The ABC’s of Baby’s Zzzz’s!
  • Early Spring Pasture Grazing
  • Fruit Tree Spray Schedules
  • Bird Houses Can Add to Changing Landscapes
  • Bird House Dimensions and Nebraska Bird Notes
  • April Garden Guide
  • 4-H News, Resources and More
  • Weed Awareness Special Pullout

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

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Those Crickets are a-Chirpin’

Field CricketI love fall in Nebraska – it is my favorite season. Along with the cooler temperatures, lower humidity, beautiful changing landscape and football, we do have to put up with a few accidental invaders looking for warmer places to hang out. Last week, I had two male crickets chirping away in my kitchen. One was under the kitchen sink, the other was near my stove “somewhere”. Of course when I tried to investigate my “choir”, the crickets quickly stopped chirping.

What to do?  If you do nothing, the crickets will die in a few days. If you just can’t tolerate this “choir” in your home, try a mouse glue board —

  1. You can purchase flat, sticky mouse glue boards where mousetraps are sold – farm supply, hardware, discount and even in some grocery stores.
  2. Cut your glue board down to a size where you can put it out of the way, but near the chirping sound. (Hint: Cut your board before you take off the film protecting the adhesive).
  3. Once your board is trimmed, pour a small bit of cornmeal right in the center. Crickets are attracted to cornmeal and will get stuck on the board so you can easily take care of the problem.
  4. If you don’t have small children or pets, you can place your glue boards in corners of the room. This is especially helpful in basements and garages. You’ll catch wandering spiders, beetles and other accidental invaders without using insecticides.

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