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Lovewell State Park to host annual Fun Day celebration

Jenny's REESources, by Jenny Rees, UNL Extension


Lovewell State Park to host annual Fun Day celebration
The staff at Lovewell State Park is sponsoring the annual Lovewell Fun Day on Saturday. The day's events begin with 5K and 10K predict walk and run events. Registration for these begins at 7 a.m. at the mud volleyball pit. The co-ed mud volleyball tournament begins at 10 a.m., double elimination, $20 entry fee per team, 10 team limit. Pre-registration for the mud volleyball tournament is requested at the Lovewell State Park Office by today (Thursday).
Other events scheduled for the Fun Day will include a sandpile treasure hunt at the Pioneer Day Use area (playground) beginning at 11 a.m., and a rock-paper-scissors tournament is scheduled for noon at the mud volleyball area.
For more information, call the Lovewell State Park Office.  A vehicle permit is required to enter Lovewell State Park.

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Jenny's REESources, by Jenny Rees, UNL Extension

August is quickly approaching as are many upcoming field days for the area. Also, southern corn leaf rust was confirmed in Clay, York, and Greeley counties at this point ­­ very minor incidence at a leaf in each with a few pustules. Tamra Jackson-Ziems and I share similar concerns about this being the earliest we've seen southern rust in the state since we began in extension, that many corn acres in the state were late planted (which southern rust prefers), and that we have a long season yet ahead. We continue to recommend that you scout your fields and confirm any samples via a lab test to determine if the disease observed truly is southern rust. I've worked through many samples that contained small, clustered, orange pustules yet were common rust. It's really important to take the sample under the microscope for confirmation. Our recommendation is to hold off on fungicide till disease pressure warrants it and you can find more information in this week's CropWatch at
UNL's South Central Ag Lab near Clay Center will be hosting a field day Wednesday, Aug. 19, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and program running from 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour topics include four rotating sessions with tours one and two in the morning and tours three and four in the afternoon. Tour 1 provides information on cover crop and water use research by Suat Irmak and Roger Elmore. Tour 2 provides pest information on resistance management for weeds and insects (including corn rootworm) from Amit Jhala and Bob Wright and updates on Goss' wilt and fungicide timing results from Tamra Jackson-Ziems.
Ronnie Green, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, NU vice president and Harlan vice chancellor for IANR, will be the keynote lunch speaker. We will also hear updates from area NRDs during that time. Tour 3 will include nutrient management topics of Nitrogen inhibitors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for nitrogen management, and Project Sense for in-season N application by Richard Ferguson and Brian Krienke. Tour 4 will include soil moisture sensor research including differences between types of sensors and underground wireless sensor demonstration by Suat Irmak. There is no charge for the field day because of several generous sponsors. We do ask that you RSVP to Jenny Rees for a meal count at CCA credits will be available.
The project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) will be featured at three locations in the area. This project focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use by working directly with growers in conducting research trials in their own fields. This is a collaborative effort between UNL, the Nebraska Corn Board, five NRDs (including Upper Big Blue and Little Blue in our area), and Nebraska On-Farm Research Network cooperators.
Growers in attendance will see a live demonstration of a group applicator outfitted with crop canopy sensors, and how they can improve nitrogen use efficiency. Strategies which direct crop nitrogen status at early growth stages are a promising way to improve nitrogen fertilizer efficiency and improve groundwater nitrate levels. The 6 p.m. programs start with a meal. Please preregister two days in advance of each demo day for meal planning purposes. To preregister, e-mail Area field day locations include: Aug. 20 - York County Fairgrounds, York - 6 p.m.; Aug. 24 - Thayer County Fairgrounds, Deshler - 6 p.m.; and it will be highlighted as part of Tour 3 during UNL's South Central Ag Lab Field Day on Aug. 19. More information and locations can be found at