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Wild about Wildflowers on the Wagner Farm

Who doesn’t enjoy seeing native wildflowers in good habitat on a farm, huh? I know I do! I am so wild about wildflowers (forbs) that I have planted a number of applicable varieties on our 148 year-old southeastern Nebraska farm in our Conservation Reserve Program acres.

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I am proud of the pollinator habitat we have established. Here it is at work!

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According to the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), pollinators play a crucial role in the reproduction of many plants, including many of the plants that provide our nation’s food, fiber, fuel and medicine. Animal pollinators, especially honey bees, are critical for producing of our food products. An estimated one out of every three bites of food comes to us through the work of animal pollinators! But despite their value, many pollinator species are in trouble. In an effort to fight population declines, the NRCS and many other entities, including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, are working with private landowners like us in the Wagner Family to establish habitat for pollinators through conservation practices on our farms.

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I thought I’d share some more photos I took this week of these various wildflowers with you. See how many you can identify. The answers are below the last pic.

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ANSWERS: Photo #1 = Black-eyed Susan. Photo #2 = Purple Coneflower. Photo #3 = Grayhead Coneflower. Photo #4 = Wild Bergamot.

How did do you do? Get any right? Hopefully you learned a bit more about wildflowers and how important they are in today’s world. Special thanks to Eric Zach in our Game and Parks Wildlife Division for assistance with this blog post.

About Greg Wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

2 comments

  1. Greg Wagner….we are so fortunate to have your services…they are bright, comprehensive, informative and best of all light-hearted/funny. Thank you, sir!

    • A big “thanks,” Tim, but you sir, perform so many charitable acts and services that there are too many to count! Glad you enjoy the blog posts. Thanks again, Tim.

      “Wags” — Greg Wagner

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