Gage County Extension

November 2022

From our Extension Educators....


Office Closed November 11th for Veterans Day

Office Closed November 24th & 25th for Thanksgiving

Upcoming Events-

2023 Fair Theme is "Buckets of Fun" July 26th-July 30th

Fall Farmers Market & Breakfast Buffet November 26th

Horticulture- Nicole Stoner

Natural Needle Drop

Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs and Garlic

Water & Integrated Cropping Systems- Nathan Mueller

Local structure of Nebraska Extension

Soybean cyst nematodes-yield robbers

Food, Nutrition & Health- Tara Dunker

Shop healthy, within reason

4-H & Youth Development- Jacie Milius

Fair Dates

Achievement Celebration

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Natural Needle Drop By Nicole Stoner

Fall is a great time of the year. The trees start turning colors and everything looks so beautiful, even the green conifer trees. Evergreen trees should maintain their green color all of the time, right? This time of the year I get many calls on a natural process of evergreen trees called Natural Needle Drop.

Natural Needle Drop

Evergreen trees turning yellow in the fall may not be a problem, in fact it may be completely natural. Evergreen trees do hold onto their needles, but eventually the older needles are shed from the tree in the fall. When this happens, those needles turn yellow before they fall from the tree. As long as the needles that turn yellow are all on the interior of the tree, there is no real concern. The older needles are the needles that are shed, which will be held on the interior of the tree, not on the ends of the branches.

Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs and Garlic

It’s now October, which means we can start thinking about planting bulbs and garlic for our enjoyment next year.
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Soybean cyst nematodes – yield robbers

Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) are a plant-parasitic roundworm that attack soybeans in Saline, Jefferson, and Gage counties. The pest is not new or unfamiliar to area farmers and agronomists.

However, sometimes we get too comfortable with old issues. As a reminder, SCN is the #1 yield-robbing pest in U.S. soybean production. Soybean cyst nematodes or

Local Structure of Nebraska Extension-Nathan Mueller

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 provided federal support for land-grant universities to establish Cooperative Extension Services. Cooperative Extension was originally designed to bring vocational, agricultural, and home economics learning opportunities to all residents. Today Nebraska Extension, formerly called Cooperative Extension, provides University of Nebraska expertise in 8 major program areas that impact Nebraskans from all walks of life in each of the state’s 93 counties. Nebraska Extension is focusing on three big areas of impact that are to strengthen Nebraska agriculture and food systems, inspire Nebraskans and their communities, and enhance the health and wellbeing of all Nebraskans. You can view how Extension is impacting your county at

Shop healthy, within reason By Tara Dunker

Even dietitians aren’t immune to it.
You know what I’m talking about—that overwhelming feeling of rounding the corner to the produce section to find an entire wall of lettuce varieties: spring mix, salad kits, baby spinach, garden blend. I could go on. A quick search of a popular big box store’s website generates an even more jarring number of choices.

Got time to parse through 1,000 different oils and shortenings? How about 520 different sandwich breads? That’s not all breads, just the types you would consider pairing with any number of meat and cheese combos. Even typing in a more specific search displays an almost laughable number of specialty items. Ever thought you needed 49 different cornbread muffin mixes to choose from? How about 23 raspberry flavored salad dressings?


Gage County Ag Society is having their annual meeting on November 17 at 8:00 pm in the Gage County Extension Office Meeting Room. Board members will review the past year and look ahead to 2023. Voting will take place for election of board members. The public is invited to attend this meeting and registered voters of Gage County are allowed to vote at the meeting.

Fall Farmers Market & Breakfast Buffet

Saturday, Nov. 26th, 9am-12pm

620 Court Street

Beatrice, NE

Shop small that Saturday by supporting Main Street Beatrice, Vintage Venue & local vendors. Items for sale will include local produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, jams & jellies.

Plus, enjoy a breakfast buffet by Colleen’s Catering!

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Gage County Fair 2023

2023 is shaping up to be BUCKETS of FUN! Mark your calendars for the 2023 Gage County Fair, July 26th - July 30th, 2023.

4-H Achievement Celebration

Sunday, Nov. 13th, 1:30pm

4-H Building Gage County Fairgrounds