High Plains Ag students got another opportunity Oct. 18 to take advantage of the partnership they share with Orthman and Plains Equipment Group as they went out and harvested 1.1 acres of corn near the school and learned about soil sampling at the same time. “From Orthman's standpoint obviously the intent of any event with kids is to further their education, but also philosophy on the direction agriculture is going,” said Orthman regional product specialist Pat McNaught. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Val Oswald doesn’t pretend that farming is his passion, but he definitely has a knack for helping people, which makes it no surprise that he would come out of retirement to help during this year’s harvest season. Oswald, who grew up on a family farm west of Aurora, was a third generation farmer who was in the crop business for 30 years. During the last few years of his farming career, he became involved in landscape grading and refurbishing lawns. “It really wasn’t intended to be a business but there was such a need for it,” he said of his previous landscape business, Yard Works. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Locally grown beef -- It’s what’s for dinner at Hampton Public Schools, or soon will be thanks to a new program designed to bring beef from area farms directly to the school cafeteria. School lunch programs have been part of national legislation for over 80 years, but in the last decade the focus has been on the nutrition and health associated with every child’s daily intake. With these concerns continuing to grow as new information comes forward, there is still a lot of work and responsibility on the schools to ensure their food programs fit in with state and national nutritional requirements. Hampton Public Schools is taking a more direct approach to the challenge by implementing a new program that will bring in fresh local beef from area producers in an attempt to control the nutritional aspect while also providing better meal quality.
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It’s definitely harvest season as clouds of dust can be seen across the county where combines are busy at work in the fields. Local farmers said soybean harvest started as early as two weeks ago, with some farmers beginning to take out lower moisture corn already. The weather over the weekend was pristine for getting a few more acres out of the field.
Precision ag technology is nothing new to the growers who attend Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, but using drones as a type of precision ag is having farmers work to wrap their heads around the idea. A drone demonstration was held during HHD with companies showing off their flying skills.
It’s an issue, one the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association have been diligently working against. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a reduction of acceptable application levels of Atrazine, a herbicide used for weed control in corn, sorghum and other crops. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Seed salesmen from a variety of different companies gathered Wednesday to talk about their companies hybrids used in this year’s Hamilton County Corn Growers plot, located on Mike Oswald’s farm on Highway 34. Something a little different from last year’s plot tour was the inclusion of a greensnap score. After a heavy wind storm ripped through the area on July 5 and 6, it was necessary to look through each hybrid and determine a score of the greensnap damage.
Shad and Holly Salmon decided four years ago they were going to grow grapes. “I was looking for something to do kind of as a hobby,” Shad said. “Somehow Holly’s mom saw that the owners of Miletta Vista were looking for people to raise grapes for them.” The original Miletta Vista winery in St. Paul was completely destroyed in a fire in June 2012. After rebuilding both the vineyard and the restaurant/tasting room, they were searching for people to grow grapes for them. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
It was only a small snapshot of this year’s crop, but the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made its rounds in Nebraska last week, stopping in Hamilton County for two samples. Scout Tony McDonald and his crew made their way north, 10 miles off of Interstate 80, and took some samples of corn and soybeans, making an estimate of the yield. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
It’s that time of year again when people are starting to think if they see another tomato, the are likely to throw it against the wall, hands up in the air, saying “no more.” Luckily there is an alternative to this potentially messy scenario. Alan Danielson has been canning and preserving food from his garden since he was 10 years old. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.