Acreage Insights: Life Outside the City Limits


April 2014

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.

In 2013, Sericea Lespedeza was added to the Nebraska list of noxious weeds. Nicole Stoner of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension tells about the weed and management options.



UNL Extension Educator Jim Schild talks about taking a different approach to turf in your lawn. Some alternatives to a traditional cool season turf include buffalograss and wildflowers.

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.  




Monthly Features


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,

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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