Monday Extension Report – July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

4-H entry forms for fair are due in our office today

It appears that many of you have put this off until the last minute. Please get them in today. Fair is just around the corner and we have a lot of work to do between now and then that requires us to have your entry forms.

All fair entry forms, as well as the 2014 Cherry County 4-H Fair schedule is available here. You can either get the forms from our website, or you can get a hard copy from our office.


Consider laying in some Distillers Grains. They are attractively priced right now.

Rancher’s, I know you are busier than busy putting up hay, and I don’t want to add to your list of things to do, but I want to let you know that now might be a good time to lay in some distillers grains if you are going to need some next winter.

Apparently, China is not buying right now, which has helped make prices much more reasonable than they have been the last couple of years. Based on some quotes I heard late last week, the prices of both Dry and Wet distillers grains have come down quite a bit.

Wet distillers grains, probably still isn’t a good option for people in most of Cherry County, simply due to the cost of shipping all that water. Those of you on the southern and eastern edges however, might be able to get a good deal. We have lots of information available on effective ways of storing wet distillers for use later this winter. You can find that online at


Most leaf problems we are seeing in the area don’t warrant control

Finally, I want to talk about the weather. Well…not really about the weather, but the problems associated with some of the weather we had this spring. Some springs are cold and wet, some are hot and wet, some are hot and dry, others are cold and dry. Each weather pattern comes with it’s own set of concerns for people growing plants.

This spring, like most every spring, had some of each kind of weather. However, we had some warm, wet conditions earlier this year that have caused us to have more fungal leaf diseases than we typically see. We’ve also seen some insect related problems, such as Maple bladder gall, which is technically not an insect problem, since it is cause by a mite.

In spite of the fact that we are seeing quite a few effects on the leaves of trees around the area, control is most likely not needed. Once the damage is seen on the leaves, it is too late to control. Any spraying would need to have been done about the time the tree leafed out this spring.

Control is usually not warranted any way. There is still plenty of green leaf area available for the tree to photosynthesize. Just make sure you rake up all of the leaves this fall and get them out of your yard.

Burning them would be a great option, but I’m sure the city would frown on a bunch of people living in the city burning leaf piles this fall.

So, I guess you could sum it up as bad news, good news. The bad news is we are seeing more tree leaf problems than normal. The good news is that you don’t usually need to do anything about it.

As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information. And don’t forget all 4-H entry forms for fair are due to the Cherry County Extension Office today.


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