Acreage Insights: Life Outside the City Limits
Looking forward to April showers, May flowers, and a real Spring? This month features videos on Nebraska's newest addition to the noxious weed list, alternatives to lawns, and (if you just have to have a lawn!) choosing a lawnmower.
When you have a lawn, the right equipment makes maintenance a great deal easier. UNL Extension Turfgrass Specialist Roch Gaussoin gives us some tips on picking out the right mower. He also gives a quick demonstration on how to check the mowing height on your mower.
- Raising Meat Chickens in Small or Backyard Flocks
- Fencing Around Onsite Wastewater Lagoons
- Preventing Bird/Window Collisions
- Tractor Safety Classes Offered Statewide
- Trees for a Warming Climate
- Beyond the Bloom
- Trees Under Trees
- Rain Barrels are Back in Fashion
- Spring into Pond Management
- Understanding Watersheds
- Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement - Lessons Learned
- April in National Garden Month
Tractor Safety Classes Offered Statewide
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June. Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than their parents' should plan to attend. The classes are open to all participants 14-years old, and older.
Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment.
Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day. Dates and locations include:
- May 22-23, Fairgrounds, Kearney
- May 28-29, Haskell Ag Lab, Concord
- June 2-3, West Central Research and Extension Center (WCREC), North Platte
- June 5-6, Fairgrounds, Valentine
- June 12-13, Farm and Ranch Museum, Gering
- June 16-17, College Park, Grand Island
- June 19-20, Ag Research and Development Center (ARDC), Mead
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks. For more information, contact the Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645, email@example.com.