Cedar County, Nebraska

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I need advise on fertilizing aronia berry bushes.

Hello, I am looking at planting aronia berry bushes. I find lots of information on planting and care for the bush. I am looking for more information on fertilizer requirements and recommendations on an ongoing basis. I am in the Yankton County, SD and Cedar County, NE location. Thank you for any information and links.


Cedar County NE about 6 years ago

Raspberry plants did not produce this year...

Raspberry plants near Hartington, Nebraska did not produce this growing season...they were cut back in in a traditional method...as previous years. Previous seasons had good production. The stand in 3-4 years old...what can be done? What should be done? Thank you!


Cedar County NE about 7 years ago

home canning

What cheap, reliable way would you recommend for testing the pH for home canning? Strips seem to only read to the closest number, and the electronic probes seem to be expensive. Recommendations for a specific tester that is economically feasible (under $100)?


Cedar County NE over 5 years ago

How do I get oregano to grow?

Trouble growing oregano...other herbs grow nicely. Oregano is troublesome. What should I do?


Cedar County NE over 6 years ago

My strawberries had spotted leaves last summer, do I need to replant the area?

My strawberries had spotted leaves last summer, do I need to replant? Should I plant in a new area?


Cedar County NE over 6 years ago

Potato blight...what do I do?

Potatoes got blight last year. Can I replant in the same area? Should I move to a new area? How long does it stay in the soil?


Cedar County NE over 6 years ago

Cleaning the Chicken Coop from Scaly-Leg Mites

We have 9 chickens (standard, Bantam, hens, rooster) in a shared coop, with a cement floor, wooden walls & a small dirt yard. We found raised scales & crusty areas on the Bantam rooster's feet, as well as several other birds to lesser degrees, some without any apparent problem areas. We were told to use diesel fuel, rubbing it into their legs/scales, which will kill the scaly-leg mites and soften the crusty parts. We've treated all 9 chickens, every other day, for a week. Today we cleaned out our coop, taking all bedding to the burn pile. We were also told to use Permethrin dust for the coop. Our coop is about 90 sq ft and we used about 1 1/2 lbs, sprinkling the dust on the cleaned floor, the roosts, the ledges, the window sill, the top of the nesting boxes, and a lighter amount in the nesting boxes (none on the walls). We then filled the coop and nesting boxes with fresh pine shavings. Prior to today's cleaning, we had cleaned the coop about 6 weeks ago & didn't notice a problem, although we could've missed the raised the scales on their feet. We clean the coop before winter, and before planting in the spring (approx Oct & May). We scoop out all the pine shavings, sweep a bit & replace the pine shavings. We have never put a powder down, sprayed anything, used bleach or even used soap & water. We simply get the pine shavings out & do our best to keep it clean until the next cleaning. This is our first experience w/scaly-leg mites in 5 years. I've read lots of ideas on what to use to treat the birds (petroleum jelly, any vegetable oil, etc.), with other people giving reasons/experiences why those same ideas shouldn't be used.

Is it okay to treat the coop with Permethrin for scaly-leg mites? Should we coat the nesting boxes with the same amount of Permethrin as the floor, or should we be careful of the amount going in there? Does Permethrin have the same/similar effect as pyrethrum on scaly-leg mites? If not & pyrethrum is really the only/best option, where would we get pyrethrum, does it have to be ordered online? Do we need to add something to the dirt in their yard for dust baths? They do occasionally dust themselves in the dirt, digging out a little "nest." Should we be concerned w/putting Diatomacious Earth in a bowl for them to dust themselves? Thank you so much for your help!


Cedar County NE over 4 years ago

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