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Extension Update by Gary Zoubeck [July 9, 2015]

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Coming Events

July 13, Clover Kids Animal Camp, 9:00 a.m., 4-H Building, York

July 14, Clover Kitchen, 9:30 a.m., 4-H Building, York

July 15, Show & Tell and Presentations Contest, 10:00 a.m., 4-H Building York

July 15, Favorite Food Show, 1:30 p.m., 4-H Building, York

July 27, Extension Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Extension Office, York

July 30, Horticulture Judging Contest, 2:00 p.m., 4-H Building York

August 1, BB Gun Contest, 9:00 a.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 1, Air Rifle & Pistol Contest, 7:00 p.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 2, Trap Shoot Contest, 2:00 p.m., Ikes Shooting Range, York

August 3, Tractor Driving Contest, 5:00 p.m., Fairgrounds, York

August 3, 4-H Style Revue, 7:00 p.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 4, Bicycle Rodeo, 9:00 a.m., Casting Contest, 11:00 a.m. Fairgrounds, York

August 4, Dog Show, 4:00 p.m. Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 4, Entry time for Open Class & FFA exhibits, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Ag Hall, Fairgrounds, York

August 5, Entry time for Open Class, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Ag Hall, Fairgrounds, York

August 5, Horse Show, 9:00 a.m., Horse Arena, York

August 5, Small Animal Show, 1:00 p.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 6-9, York County Fair Official Dates

August 6, Sheep & Meat Goat Show, 9:00 a.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 6, Dairy Goat, Dairy and Bucket Calf Show, 2:00 p.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 6, Pork BBQ, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Fairgrounds, York

August 6, 4-H/FFA Awards & Style Show, Big Tent, Fairgrounds, York

August 7, Beef Show, 9:00 a.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 7, Rabbit Show, 9:00 a.m., Small Animal Barn, York

August 7, UNL Science Mobil Lab, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Fairgrounds, York

August 7, Extension Ice Cream Social, serving State Fair Carmel Corn Ice Cream, 8:00 p.m.

August 8, Swine Show, 8:30 a.m., Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 8, Small Animal Round Robin, Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 9, Inspirational Service 9:30 a.m. Tent, Fairgrounds, York

August 9, Large Animal Round Robin, Cornerstone Event Center, York

August 9, Release of all Exhibits, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fairgrounds, York

York County Fair

I hope you all had a safe and 4th of July weekend! Now that the 4th is over, the York County Fair is about a month away. The theme this year is “Bin Bustin Fun”! I know that the York County Ag Society, York Extension Staff, Fairgrounds crew and many 4-H leaders, parent, youth and other volunteers have been working hard to get ready for the event. If you have not picked up your copy of the 2015 York County Fairbook stop by our office and pick up a copy.  They’re also on line at: http://york.unl.edu.  The York County Fair webpage is located at: http://www.yorkcountyfair.com/.

All 4-H entries except horticulture are due into the Office by July 15th as are open class livestock entires.  We need to know livestock numbers so we can make stall assignments.  Entry forms are available at our office or on-line at: http://york.unl.edu/.  Click on the appropriate link, print them off and get them into our office by July 15th!  It’s hard to believe, but that’s not far off.  SORRY, but no poultry or other fowl will be exhibited at the 2015 fair.  Hopefully they’ll be back in 2016. 

Crop Diagnostic Clinics Planned

It’s that time of year again, the Nebraska Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics are planned for July 14th and 15th and August 26th & 27th.  The clinics begin with 7:15 a.m. registration at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead and start at 8:00 a.m. 

Early registration is recommended to reserve a seat and resource materials. Cost for one clinic is $170 for those registering at least one week in advance and $220 after.  For more information or to register, contact Nebraska Extension CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033, call (800) 529-8030, fax (402) 624-8010, e-mail cdunbar2@unl.edu or visit the http://ardc.unl.edu/training.shtml.

The July 14th clinic will focus on precision agriculture, topics include: Thermal Infrared Imaging for High Spatial and Temporal Resolution of Crop Water Stress Monitoring of Corn; Mobile Apps for Crop Production; Project SENSE, Demonstrating In-Season Crop Canopy Sensor Based N Application; Pesticide Spray Application Considerations; Technologies for Improving In-Season Applications; Technologies for In-Season Crop Scouting; and Future Agricultural Data Collection, Management and Usage. Seven and a half CCA credits are available.

The July 15th clinic topics include: Weed Control; Insect Scouting in Traited and Untraited Corn; Nematodes and Diseases of Corn and Soybean; How Water Quality Issues Could Change the Nebraska Landscape; The Herbicide Mode of Action Challenge; and Early Season Hail Damage in Corn. Eight and a half CCA credits are available.

Keith has some great sessions planned for this years Clinics, I hope you’ll have a chance to attend!

Cropping Update

What a surprise, about 2.00” of rain the first week of July!  My ETgages dropped between 1.3 to 1.4” for the week.  For corn in the V10 stage the factor would be .69 while corn at V12 the factor is .88, so for the week V10 corn used .93” while V12 corn used 1.19”.  Looks like we’re going to have a few cool days before it becomes hot again.  For the latest estimates of ET go to our website:  http://nawmn.unl.edu.

The two fields I have Watermark sensors in the York area have received different amounts of rain the past couple of weeks.  One is about 1.30” depleted while the other is only .50” or so.  I’ll try to update the status of these fields again next week.

Yard and Garden

I have a set of three ETgages near the Extension Office that I read each Monday morning.  Two are for crops and one is for grass or turf.  The grass ETgage dropped 1.00” or the week or. 14”/day.  In York, we received about 2.00” of rain this past weeks, so we were in great shape.  That’s not the typical first week of July situation.  Just a reminder, be sure to not set your sprinklers on automatic, they would have been running after our rains when it was not needed. Unless I’m gone, I turn mine on manually when the turf needs to be watered. 

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