Sandhill Crane Migration 2014

Yesterday, I attended an event in Kearney, and I could not believe what I saw. It was the first time that I had ever seen the sandhill crane migration in Nebraska. From Grand Island, NE  to Kearney, NE; cranes were everywhere, in fields, lakes, streams. (thousands and thousands) If you have never seen this event

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Some ways to deal with crabgrass this spring

Every spring, this particular weed, crabgrass is on the minds of homeowners. It is a pesky weed that needs immediate attention or you can pay the consequences down the road. Most people apply a pre-emergent to address this issue. Typically, mid-April to the first week in May is a good time frame. I ‘ve seen

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Fracking and Increased Eathquakes?

Check out this interesting read on fracking being a direct relationship to earchquakes, (Fracking boom could increase California’s earthquake risk) I believe more research is needed to determine if there is a relationship with fracking and earthquakes. Now, read this aricle Man-Made Earthquakes Update from the USGS that refutes this claim. Th USGS answers this

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Soil Probe Investment

Investing in a good, solid soil probe can really go a long way in assisting you with your soil sampling needs. Obviously, the word has gotten out about soil probes and last fall and this spring soil probes are being sold in record numbers. This spring, we made the decision to purchase a large number

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Cold Temps having an effect on Bees

The cold weather has really had an effect on the bee population. Check out this story of a local beehive owner who lost all but one honey beehive because of the cold winter temperatures. Bees do much more than produce our honey. “Pollination is the real value of honey bees,” said Joseph. “We all like

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Green Grass is Starting To Come Through

It is that time of year when the grass starts coming out of its dormant stage and starts turning green. I saw a few people in the Omaha area who were mowing their grass. Seems early to me. The soil temps may be telling a different story.  As you can see from the map, the

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Grower Predictions for 2014

Spring Planting is right around the corner. Check out some interviewers with growers and when they expect to start planting. Some interesting thoughts It appears the cold has really had an impact with respect to frost in several areas of the country.  I think it is interesting to listen to a variety of growers because

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Lawn Tips for March

Right now conditions are still early for mowing and preparing lawns and gardens, but spring could arrive early as witnessed by this weeks upper 70 degree temperatures. Time to start prepping and planning. It all begins with a soil test. Midwest Laboratories offers a Lawn and Garden Test. If you take samples from different areas

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Flooding Along the Missouri Again in 2014?

Various reports have talked about possible flooding or no flooding. I think the best approach to take is to watch the story carefully this spring and pay attention to different reports as temperatures rise during the upcoming spring months. See more information on this topic in this report. Any flooding large or small is worth

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An Innovative Workaround – Water to Homes

Check out this story about how some couples got together to provide water to each other through a reverse flow water system. This winter’s weather has caused a number of issues regarding underground insulated water pipes. This story shows how systems can be built to work around issues that may arise from time to time.

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