Life Outside the City Limits

Fall is a wonderful time of year in Nebraska, with beautiful colors in the trees and great weather.  But as nights get colder, watch out for mice and nuisance insects like boxelder bugs coming indoors.  

Designing a Backyard Chicken Coop - Learn about the many considerations when designing a chicken coop. University of Illinois Extension

Dealing with Boxelder Bugs - As fall turns into summer it will seem that our homes are being besieged by boxelder bugs looking for a warm place for the winter. Watch this video to learn a little bit about this insect as well as some cheap, effective control methods. Jonathan Larson, UNL Extension Entomology Educator

Understanding Why Fall Weed Control is More Effective - Controlling broadleaf weeds in lawns can seem like an annual chore. However, with a little patience, broadleaf herbicide can provide very effective control. While most homeowners are anxious to apply broadleaf herbicide in the spring, the most effective time is actually in the fall. In this video, Dr. Ron Calhoun explains the merits of waiting until it's chilly to say goodbye to your weeds.

Growing Garlic - Growing garlic is a year-round process North Dakota State University Extension Horticulture Agent Todd Weinmann explains all of the steps. For more gardening information

Monthly Features


Small Scale Farming Workshop, November 8th
"Small Spaces, Bit Potential"

Looking to learn how to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard? UNL Extension will be hosting a third installment of "Small Spaces, Big Potential": a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, November 8th in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road) beginning at 8:45 am and running till 4:30 pm.

The workshop will feature presentations by local farmers and UNL Extension personnel. Breakout session topics and presenters will include:

  • Basics of Backyard Poultry and Rabbits, - Brett Kreifels, UNL Extension;
  • Aquaponics – Gregg Fripp, Whispering Roots;
  • Growing Hops – Shad Reynolds, Nebraska Hop Growers;
  • Raising Bees in Urban Areas – Tony Sandoval, Omaha Beekeepers;
  • Operating a Pumpkin Patch Enterprise – Teresa Lorensen, Bloom Where You're Planted Farm;
  • Xeric Gardening – Nicole Stoner and John Fech, UNL Extension.

The day will also include a general session with Brad Kindler entitled "Cows, Oaks, & Art" and will discuss ag restoration. Brad is a recently returned Peace Corp volunteer, who has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture since 2003, he is currently working at Branched Oak Farm and is developing an Orchard and market garden.  The day will conclude with a presentation on FSA programs for Small and Beginning Farmers by Wes Finkner, Farm Service Agency.

The cost to attend if pre-registered is $35 per individual, $50 per couple, and $10 per youth participant. Registration at the door will be: $45 per individual, $60 per couple, and $20 per youth.  For questions or to pre-register contact the Nemaha County Extension Office (402-274-4755).

Drought Resources

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

Drought Resources graphic