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/ :he Extension Notes (1) puts up a)umper wing against the Shelton Saturday night at Nelson. 20 points to lead the the Bulldogs 53-44. Nuckolls Count~ Extension Educator Caring for poinsettias 'Tis the season and here are a few tips to make sure your poinsettia has the best chance of surviving and pro- viding a bit of winter color for your decor. To prolong a poinsettia' s blooming period, place the plant where it will receive a maximum amount of indoor sunlight. Avoid drafts that cause rapid temperature fluctuations and prema- ture leaf drop. Night temperatures should be no cooler than 60 to 65 degrees. Day temperatures should not exceed 80 degrees. Poinsettias will ex- perience premature leaf drop at tem- peratures below 55 degrees. Keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy. When you get a poinsettia, check to see that the soil drains adequately. About two weeks after acquiring the plant, fertilize it with a complete fertil- izer according to package directions. Repeat this every seven to 10 days until the plant loses its brightly colored bracts. Water thoroughly and allow water to drain through the container. Often poinsettias are sold in a paper or plastic sleeve, but they should not remain sleeved any longer than neces- sary. Ethylene gas can accumulate within the sleeve and cause premature flower drop and leaf curling. Leaf drop is a common malady in poinsettias. Many of the new poinsettia culti- vars will keep their leaves and remain attractive even in summer. If the plant retains its leaves, treat it like any houseplant. Place it in a sunny location and apply a complete fertilizer con- taining trace elements once every two weeks. As soon as night temperatures reach a minimum of 60 degrees, the plant can be set outside. Ifa poinsettia plant drops its leaves or is no longer attractive, let the soil dry out and keep the plant in a cool location such as a basement window ledge; it still needs some light. The temperature should not rise above 60 Lawrence-Nelson 44, Friend Bulld 41 ,i~, ~i ~i,I~ : i :i ~iii / ~on's Jenny Menke up a short jumper in action the Shelton Bulldogs Friday Nelson. Menke scored 12 in the contest and the Lady .=at Shelton 54-24. The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders de- feated the Friend Bulldogs 44-41 Fri- day night at Friend. Jarrod Wehrman led the way for the Raiders with 10 points. Dustin Cassell and John Reed followed with 8 points each. Brett Peterson scored 7 points and Philip Schroer had 6. Nathan Rischling accounted for 3 points and Chance Svoboda 2. The major scorers for the Bulldogs were J. Stutzman with 10 points, T. Stutzman with 8 and Ramp with 7 points. Michel and Buntz each ac- counted for 6 points. Lawrence-Nelson 53, Shelton l ,n__dogs 44 The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders beat the Shelton Bulldogs 53-44 Saturday night at Nelson. Philip Schroer led the Raiders in scoring with 20 points. John Reed was in double figures with 13 points. Tay- lor Biltoft was good for 9 points and Jarrod Wehrman had 5. Dustin Cassell scored 4 points and Brett Peterson had 2. Burmood led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Brown followed with 11. Spellman was good for 5 points. Stroh and Pohl each scored 4 points. Saldana, B runer and Porti llo each added 2 points. The next action for the Raiders is the Lawrence-Nelson Holiday Tour- nament Dec. 29-30. degrees with about 50 to 55 degrees being best. Bring the plant out of its resting stage in late April or early May and cut the stems back to about 3 to 5 inches above the soil. If there is more than one plant per pot, separate them and replant in individual containers. If repotting is necessary, use a soil mix that is loose, porous, and well- drained. Use a soil mixture composed of. three parts garden loam, two parts organic matter (peat, compost, leaf mold) and one part perlite or vermicu- lite. This mixture should be pasteur- ized at or about 180 degrees for 30 minutes. You also can buy a premixed, pasteurized media. If you are mixing your own soil, add one teaspoon of superphosphate or bone meal for every 2 1/2 cups of soil mixture and thor- oughi'y mix in. After repotting, thoroughly water the plant with a fungicide solution to prevent disease infestation. Place the plant in a light, warm place and water whenever the soil begins to dry. Again, as soon as the night temperature reaches a minimum o~60 degrees, the plant can be set outside. Place the plant in a shady location for two to three weeks to allow for acclimatization and to pre- vent leaf smt scald, then sink the pot in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Give the pot one-fourth turn every few weeks to break off any roots that might be growing through the drainage holes. Once the new shoots are about 1 inch long, apply a complete fertilizer containing trace elements. Water soluble fertilizers are easiest to use. Slow release fertilizer also may be successfully used. Follow label direc- tions. Fertilize plants at seven to 10 day intervals. To prevent your poinset- tia from getting too tall, pinch off or prune the growing tips when they are about 4 to 6 inches long. If the new shoots grow another 5 inches before late August, repeat the process. Prun- ing shapes the plant to form an attrac- tive compact growth. When night temperatures become cool, 55 to 60, bring the plant indoors to a sunny location. Beginning Sept. 25 poinsettias need complete darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. Put a cardboard box or other device over the plant to provide the "shorticulture day." Lights from any lamps will prevent normal flowering of an uncovered plant. Continue this"shorticulture day" treatment until the plant bracts show color in late November. Shorticulture days and 60 to 65 degree night tem- peratures are essential for good bract development. Poinsettias bloom according to daylength. Varieties are grouped ac- cording to the amount of time between shorticulture days and the appearance of colored bracts. Cultivars such as Amy and ,L,~y will bloom about eight weeks aftet'~e onsdeof shorticulture days. Jingle Bells and V- 14 Glory will bloom about 10-11 weeks after the onset of shorticulture days. Health Insurance Cost Effective Affordable For The Self-Employed Accidents Nuckolis County Jim Peroutek, Esbon, driving an extended cab pickup pulling a Mulch Master, was traveling west on High- way 136, eight and a half miles west and five miles north of Superior, when the tillage tool jackknifed and struck the right side of the pickup. The ve- hicle came to rest in he north ditch facing southeast. The accident occurred Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. apickupdriven by Andrew Sole stuck and damaged the rear fender and tail light of a car owned by Robert of Dee Anne Stew- ard in the Lawrence-Nelson Highs School parking lot. No injuries were reported. The pickup was owned by Carrol and Sharon Sole, Nelson. Lucille McKee Gladys Lucille McKee, 85, the daughter of John Lafayette and Mary Mac Elizabeth (Zeigler) Crook was born May 5, 1918, at Mt Clare. She died Dec. 17, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital. On June 28, 1941, she married Gor- don McKee at the United Presbyterian Church, Superior. To this union two children were born, Linda Jean on May 25, 1947, and Gordon Scott on July 17, 1952. A life-long Nuckolls Co. resident, she worked for many years with her husband at a Superior sale barn. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and play- ing bridge. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Percy, Dale, Glen and Bernice (Barney); a sister, Nellie Hanson; and a granddaughter., Survivors include her husband, Gordon; son, Scott; daughter, Mrs. Don Diehl (Linda) Blue Springs; a sister Mrs. Vance Ellis (Velma) Superior; seven grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren. Services were held Monday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Mark Diehi officiated. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. Deaths Robert Kindler Robert (Bob) Kindler, 61, died Monday. Services are planned for 2 p..m. Saturday at Melby Mortuary, Mankato. Burial will be in the Esbon Cemetery. Lynn Volker Lynn Volker, 71, died Monday at Brodstone Memorial Hospital. Graveside services are planned for 1 ! a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato. Melby Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Tree removal, Trimming and tump Removal Reasonable rates Free estimates .1) Phone 402-879-3608 DANA F. COLE & COMPANY, LLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC A CCOUNTANTS Raelyn D. Miller, C.P.A. 213 East 3rd * Superior, Neb. 68978 402-879-4761 * Fax 402-879-4938 e-mail: BUsiness Is Great ...... And We're Looking For More/ sales and service 341 N. Central Superior 402-879-3501 Open Thursday nights until 9 p.m... Central Ave., Superior, Neb. 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Maxey, Mayor Attest: Jan Diehl, City Clerk Thursday, December 25, 2003 THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS 5A ~ I i Byron By Jean Crouse In past years, I have received many questions regarding grain storage on the farm. With the current moisture levels of grain being harvested, farm- ers will need to pay extra attention when managing grain stored on the farm. Every year I hear about a local producer who has a bin or bins of corn or milo that has gone "bad" and re- ceives a tremendous dock at the eleva- tor. Moldy grain not only receives a price dock, but there is also a direct weight loss (shrink) whenever grain heats up in the bin. The heat that is generated is coming from the conver- sion of carbohydrates into carbon di- oxide by micro-organisms and respira- tion. This is directly comparable to burning the grain to produce heat. Keeping grain in condition requires good management. The main two fac- tors a producer can control are tem- perature and moisture. Keeping the grain at 50 degrees versus 60 degrees by using aeration, more than doubles the safe storage time at a given mois- ture content. It goes from 9 months to 20 months at 15 percent moisture; from three months to 6.5 months at 17 per- cent moisture, and from 5.5 weeks to 12.5 weeks at 19 percent moisture. Using aeration to maintain tempera- ture (provided it is cool outside) re- quires much less airflow than would be requi~ed for drying the grain. Flow rates of from 0.25 to 0.40 cubic foot per minute per bushel (cfm/bu) will hold 18 percent moisture grain for sev- eral months during the winter but will do little, if any, actual drying. To dry grain, much higher airflow rates of !.0 to 2.0 cfm/bu are recommended. The time required to dry grain using natural air depends on the temperature and humidity of the air being pushed through the grain mass. For example, given average conditions, at Lincoln, Neb., to dry either corn or grain sor- ghum from 20 percent to 15 percent moisture with 1.0 cfm/bu would take oqly 32 days of continuous fan opera- tion in a warm, dry fall but up to 92 days in a cool, wet fail. The deeper the grain is piled in the bin, the greater the resistance to air flow through the mass of grain. The greater the resistance, the greater amount of horsepower required to push a given airflow rate (cfm/bu) through the grain. The type of grain also has an We Print Superior Publishing Co. 402-879-3291 Tax Service 454 N. Bloom Street P.O. Box 424 Superior, Neb. 68978,402-879-4764 mrbkkeeping@ Madlyn effect on the resistance to air flow. Mr. and Mrs. Greg Braden and Mr. Grain sorghum has much greater resis- and Mrs. Dana Grauerholz and family tance to air flow than corn at a given were Dec. 13 weekend guests of depth. See table 1. Henrietta Grauerholz. Table 1. Estimate of Horsepower Lavern and Veda Heitmann visited requirements. (HP/1000 bu) 1.0 cfm/ OttoandWilmaMoellerSundayafter- bu. noon. Depth, ft Corn Grain sorghum Friday evening guests in the Elmer 10 0.27 0.71 and Diane Hohnes, home were Lucille 12 0.47 1.04 Russell, Larry Naysmith, Port 14 0.54 1.45 Hueneme, Calif. and Burl Holmes. 16 0.74 1.97 History from Dec. 30, 1953 18 0.98 2.57 Christmas dinner guests of Mr. and Using Table 1 as a guide, consider Mrs. Don Davidson were Mr. and Mrs. a 27 foot diameter drying bin with a Wayne Cassens and children, Supe- capacity of 7,300 bushels when piled rior, Mr. and Mrs. George Hansen and 16 feet deep above the drying floor, sons, Hardy, and Mrs. Leverl Schmidt How deep could grain be piled in the and Sheri Dane. bin to dry with natural air, (maintain- Commissioners ing at least 1.0 cfm/bu), if it is equipped with a 10 HP fan? TheNuckollsCountyCommission- Forcorn, the fuii capacity ofthe bin ers signed a letter of support for a which is 7,300 bushels (16 feet deep) household hazardous waste collection could be dried because at 16 feet deep, proposed to be held in the spring. "If I it takes 0.74 HP/1000 bushels to sup- am asked, I would recommend the ply the required minimum 1.0 cfm/bu collection be held in Superior," said 0.74 HP/1000 bu X 7300 bu = 5.4 HP. Arnold Brown, commissioner. The 10 HP fan 'would easily supply However, there was some question well over the minimum required if a suitable spot could be found to for amount of airflow, the collection site in the Superior area. For grain sorghum the grain could Anotherletterofsupport was signed bepiledatjustoverl4feetdeep.At 14 related the keeping a mental health feet deep, it takes 1.45 HP/1000 buto regional center in Adams County. supply 1.0 cfm/bu. The bin holds 7,300 "Closingthe regional center in Hastings bushels when piled 16 feet deep. 7300/ will impact Nuckolls County," Brown 16=458bu/ft. 14ftx458bu/ft=6412 said. "I understand cutting the budget bu. 6412bux 1.45HP/1000bu=9.28 and saving money, but building a new HP. The 10 HP fan would stiil be able center in Lancaster County will not supply the minimum required amount save money." of airflow at a depth of 14 feet. Commissioners reviewed the jani- For more information on grain stor- torial contract with other elected offi- age stop by your local cooperative ex- cials. General duties will require a tension office and ask for the follow- minimum of 30 hours per week with ing NebGuides, G85-760 "Natural Air three hours at least four days per week Corn Drying", G84-692-A "Aeration occurring during business hours. of Stored Grain", and G94-1199-A Pam Maynard requested support for "Management to Maintain Stored Grain a new Highway 14 brochure. Maynard Quality" works with Highway 14 Association tourism marketing. Doug Anderson, Nuckolls County Yourtroublesareoflittleinterestto extension educator, notified the com- others, missioners of a new extension board. The board has been lormed with five Light is to reading facts are to members each from Nuckolls, Thayer intelligence, and Filmore counties. The board re- places the individual county extension Be as eager to help others as you are boards and will provide programming to accept favors, directions to extension educators in the three-county unit. Reorganizations An executive is one who cannot forms are in the process of being com- work unless he has assistants, pleted and submitted to the state. Complete Dental Care for the Entire Family Care with you in mlnd Most Insurance accepted .... aad-filed, ........... w Strict Sterilization-modern o Call now for appointment 402-225-2828 I# VISA-Master Card- DenCharge accepted Robert C. Wilson, D.D.S. Dee Ann Petersen, R.D.H. , Angle Beck, Dental Assistant Mellnda Duncan, Dental Assistant Becky Woerner, Office Manager * Mary Ann Bfltoft Dental Clinic 270 South Main, Nelson, Neb. * 402-225-2828 II I I II IIIII I From everyom at Jure' O/& to wLd, you o btdidoq eo on 0 Friday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Dec. 31 | e 324 N. Central Ave., Superior, Neb. 68978 402-879-4586 I II I IIIII I [ I IL