Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County - NEBLINE - October 2022

(Top left) During interview judging, youth discuss their projects with a judge. (Top right) Many Clover Kids (ages 5–7) participated in Show & Tell. (Bottom) Youth congratulating each other at the Western 3 show.
(Top left) During interview judging, youth discuss their projects with a judge. (Top right) Many Clover Kids (ages 5–7) participated in Show & Tell. (Bottom) Youth congratulating each other at the Western 3 show.

4-H Youth Thrive at Super Fair With Community Support

The 2022 Lancaster County Super Fair was held July 28–Aug. 8 at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds. 4-H & FFA is a big part of the first weekend of the fair, giving youth an opportunity to showcase their projects. This year, 525 exhibitors entered nearly 4,500 exhibits. Continue reading…



apples.pngApples are a fruit that grow on trees. There are several varieties of apples including honeycrisp, granny smith, gala, fuji, pink lady and more. They come in all shades of red, green and yellow and can be eaten raw or cooked. Apples or applesauce are great to eat as a quick snack. Continue reading…


October Food Calendar

halloween-pasta-popcorn1200px.jpgFall is upon us! Need ideas to help you and your family make the most of these fall days? Check out our October Food Calendar for healthy tips and recipes for Halloween, Pasta Month, Popcorn Poppin’ Month and more. Continue reading…


October Recipes of the Month

Photos by Craig Chandler, UNL CommunicationsCRUNCHY APPLE ROLL
(Yield: 2 Servings)

• 1/2 medium apple, gently rubbed under cold running water, thinly sliced
• 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
• 1 (8-inch) whole wheat tortilla
• 2 Tablespoons crispy rice cereal Continue reading…


Fall Watering Aids Tree & Shrub Health

Arborvitae photo by Sarah Browning, Boxwood is courtesy photoIn fall, warm, dry days with cool nights usually lead to great fall leaf coloration, but dry, late summer and fall conditions have a downside, too. Trees and shrubs not fully hydrated going into winter are prone to winter desiccation, a common injury occurring when the amount of water lost by plants Continue reading…


October Garden Guide

GardenGuide.jpgPick bagworms from evergreen plants. This will eliminate the spring hatch from over-wintered eggs.

Fall is an excellent time for taking soil samples in your lawn and garden. Soil tests will measure the pH of the soil, organic matter content and the levels of some of the major elements required Continue reading…


Maintaining Your Septic System

Wastewater flows from the building sewer line to the septic tank where both heavy and light solids separate. As wastewater flows into the tank, an equal volume of liquid/effluent, flows out of the tank into the effluent treatment system, i.e. lateral or mWHAT MAKES A GOOD SEPTIC SYSTEM?
A properly designed, constructed, functioning and maintained septic system protects human and environmental health. This includes, but is not limited to, surface water, groundwater and soil quality in the immediate vicinity of the proposed onsite wastewater system. Continue reading…


A Wasp in Disguise: The Velvet Ant

Female eastern velvet ant.  Approximately 1-inch in length. Shown magnified.Velvet ants are some of the most unique and striking insects in Nebraska. While they are commonly called velvet ants, they’re actually not ants at all — they’re wasps in the family Mutillidae, and they have a neat lifecycle to go with their clever disguises. Continue reading…


Be Part of Something Big! Join 4-H!

4H-Clover-College-Big.jpg4-H is a community of youth learning in partnership with caring adults!

Ways youth ages 5–18 can participate:
• Join a new or existing 4-H club
• Be an independent member
• Participate in 4-H activities such as workshops and contests

Ways adults can help youth grow:
• Help start a new 4-H club... Continue reading…


4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Oct. 2

golf-ball-with-4H logo.jpg“FORE” for 4-H — a 4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser — will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Woodland Hills Golf Course, 6000 Woodland Hills Drive, Eagle, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. This tournament is a four-person scramble and costs $75 per golfer or $300 per team. Continue reading…


4-H State Rodeo, Oct. 8

NE4H_State-Rodeo.pngCome join the Lancaster County 4-H horse exhibitors at the Nebraska 4-H State Rodeo on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Lincoln at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds - Pavilion 3. The public is invited to watch at no cost! Continue reading…


Youth Science Day for Homeschooled Youth, Nov. 1

2021 Youth Science Day for Homeschooled YouthNebraska Extension in Lancaster County will present a Youth Science Day for Homeschooled Youth on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9–11:30 a.m. at the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County conference rooms, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln. Open to all homeschooled youth, grades K–6th. Continue reading…


Extension News — Two New Extension Staff

(L–R) Hannah Schielke and  Sam IsaacsonNebraska Extension in Lancaster County recently hired two staff members who will help support the Nutrition Education Program (NEP) in Lancaster County.

Hannah Schielke joined the NEP team in July as a full-time staff member. Her focus will include the Double Up Food Bucks program ... Continue reading…


Extension News —2022 UNL Service Awards

University of Nebraska–Lincoln staff reaching an anniversary year of employment are being honored for their years of service to the university. The following Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County staff are being recognized:
• Tracy Anderson, Extension Educator — 25 years
• Jim Wies... Continue reading…

Originally published September 20, 2022 - Submit an Item