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April Showers? Not! Drought Damage in Lawns

Extension Educator Sarah Browning says, "What happened to our April showers? The Lincoln area received only 0.59 inches of rain – measured at the Lincoln Airport - instead of our normal 2.69 inches for April. May is not looking good either – only 0.49 inches so far, compared to our normal 4.91 inches." Read more in Horticulture News.

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Nebraska Ticks: Identification and Prevention

Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist Jody Green says, "Ticks can be active all year round, but May/June is regarded as high tick season in Nebraska. It is important to prevent and remove ticks before they get a chance to transmit disease." Read more in Tick Resources.

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4-H Clover College Workshops

Lancaster County 4-H Clover College is four days of in-person, “hands-on” workshops. It will be held June 20–23 at the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County conference rooms, Lincoln. Youth must be at least 6 years old (as of June 20) to attend — need not be enrolled in 4-H. Many workshops still have openings! More information at

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Graywater Use in Nebraska

Extension Associate Becky Schuerman says, "With the forecast of another dry year, more people are inquiring about reusing their graywater to water their plants or lawn. It is illegal in Nebraska to discharge untreated graywater." Read more in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

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Recipe of the Month — Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Extension Educator Emily Gratopp says, "Explore with curiosity this unique combination of fruits and vegetables in this perfect summer salad." See recipe in the NEBLINE e-newsletter.

Monthly Heart of 4-H Award Winner

Kent Richard is June Heart of 4-H Volunteer

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Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Kent Richard as winner of the June “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service. Read about his contributions to 4-H!

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Meet One of Your Local Extension Experts

John Nelson, Extension Educator

Water and Integrated Cropping Systems

John is a Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator serving Lancaster, Cass and Otoe Counties. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Soil & Crop Science from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Crop Science from North Carolina State University, and doctoral degree in Agronomy from Texas Tech University. John delivers educational programs to local producers to address agronomic and management issues in diverse cropping systems.

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