Monday Extension Report – July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

4-H scavenger hunt, August 1

We are holding a scavenger hunt on Friday, August 1st at 6 p.m. The hunt will start and finish at the Cherry County Fairgrounds Show Barn.

4-Hers will be split into groups and search the town for a list of preplaced items. They will be using GPS units to help find the hidden items as we learn about using a GPS to travel and find points. Prizes will be given to groups by placing.

Call our office by tomorrow for more information or to sign up.

 

Fairgrounds clean-up – Sunday, August 3 at 2:00 PM.

All 4-H Clubs and Independent members are needed to help get the Cherry County Fairgrounds in tip top shape for the County Fair.

Bring shovels, rakes, gloves and whatever tools you have to assist with trimming, mowing, pulling weeds and sweeping out the barns. Community Service is a big part of what 4-H is about and this is your opportunity to help out.

Ag Society members will be on hand to organize work groups and assign specific tasks.

 

Now is a good time to watch for weeds

July and August are not good times to spray weeds, but now is a good time to look for new invaders.

I talked to Barb Small, the Cherry County Weed Superintendent, last week. She mentioned that she has recently found some patches of both Spotted and Diffuse knapweed, both of which can be very nasty weeds that are difficult to eliminate once they get established.

So get a good weed book with pictures, and familiarize yourself with some weeds that are problems in other areas of the country, like the knapweeds and Sulfur cinquefoil. Also get to know the ones that we do see in our area like leafy spurge and Canada thistle.

Then keep an eye out as you drive around your ranch, looking for new invaders. Pay particular attention to roadsides and any places where you fed hay that you brought in from outside. Make sure that whoever is running your swather or mowers knows what the weeds you are concerned about look like. They are in a great position to notice weeds invading the meadow.

Mark any weed patches you find, and go back and treat them late this fall. Prevention, and early detection are two of the most important things you can do to avoid noxious weed problems on your ranch.

 

As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.


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