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Picture of volunteers and NFS staff planting at the 2017 Horning Farm Field Day
Less weeds, more WOW at Horning Farm
Here's a snapshot from a garden design demonstration put on as part of Horning Farm Field Day last September near Plattsmouth, Nebraska. This event, hosted by the Nebraska Forest Service at its easternmost research forest, was a chance for the public
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Finding the right Christmas tree for your home

It's that time of year! We asked asked Rural Forestry Program Leader John DuPlissis for his advice on finding the perfect tree for your holiday celebrations!

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Accomplishments at Horning State Farm Demonstration Forest

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Spider Mite Outbreak in Juniper and Cedar
A closeup view of the spider mite's web.There are several factors that can cause an increase in mite populations. Before treatment, keep in mind that mites can build resistance to some products.


By: Jennifer Morris, Forest Health Specialist
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Chiggers and Trombiculosis
Trombiculosis is a rash or infestation caused by trombiculid mites, more commonly known as chiggers. We all have suffered from this malady at some time. Be informed and aware of how you can avoid future bouts of trombiculosis. Read Chiggers and Trombiculosis
Bradford Pear Damage

By: Jennifer Morris, Forest Health Specialist

Bradford pears (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’) have shown bark cracking and bark sloughing in the last few years. Mower injury and stress fractures from heavy snow loads or high wind events may lead to bark cracking and sloughing, but it is more likely that most of the damage has been caused by temperature fluctuations that we have experienced in the fall, winter and spring over the course of several years. 

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