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Resources for 4-H Plant Science Contests at the Lancaster County & Nebraska State Fairs.

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2019 Lancaster County 4-H Plant Science Contests

Three Plant Science Contests will be held Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Registration is required by Monday, June 3 by calling 402-441-7180 (there is no entry form). Open to all 4-H'ers from all counties ages 10-18 — premiums paid by the county where the youth is enrolled. Enrollment in a horticulture project is not required to participate.

Youth choose which portions of the contest to participate in:

  • tree identification
  • weed & grass identification
  • horticulture contest

Participants will be able to use a list of plants while identifying samples. Participating youth will be offered a free lunch after the contests, while the contest papers are being graded. Ribbons will be awarded and contest winners announced after the lunch.

Print-friendly flyer with above information is HERE.

2019 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Nebraska 4-H offers a statewide online Horticulture Judging Contest which tests 4-H'ers knowledge in three areas: general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. This year the contest will be available from Friday, June 7, 8 a.m. through Monday, June 17. The link to participate will be https://go.unl.edu/hortcontest

Lancaster County Super Fair & Nebraska State Fair Plant Science Resources:

4-H members and volunteers should use these plant lists/photos and resources to help prepare for Lancaster County Super Fair and Nebraska State Fair Contests.

2019 Special Garden Project

4-H families are invited to participate in a special garden project, growing the vegetable, Okra 'Carmine Splendor'. Seed packets are available April 30, on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is 50 cents for one seed packet per family. Please stop by the Extension office front desk to register, pay for and pick up your seeds. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. We are unable to take orders over the phone or reserve seeds in advance.

Horticulture Contest:

Grass, Forb, Crop and Weed ID Contest:

All grass and weed plants on the list are described in either the Weeds of the Great Plains (published by Nebraska Department of Agriculture, 402-471-2394, Cost: $25) or in Common Grasses of Nebraska, EC170, (published by the Nebraska Extension, http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000016364360/common-grasses-of-nebraska/, Free web versions, $5 for print version). There is not currently a crop identification guide available.

Tree ID Contest:

Contest Resources:

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