As the concept of cover crop usage continues to grow in popularity, experts like Keith Berns, owner of Green Cover Seed, take the idea seriously by also focusing on what each individual soil selection may require. “We’ve been doing cover crops since 2009,” Berns began during his Dec. 14 speech at a Crop Tip forum in York. “We also started Green Cover Seed in 2009 as a way to provide cover crop seed as an additional business.
Aurora native Mitch Oswald has joined AgriGold as a field advisor serving clients in Hamilton County. Oswald, a 2012 Aurora graduate, earned a degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A continued focus to purchase ethanol and biofuels from the United States will keep prices for soybeans and corn fluctuating going into 2017, at least until the South American projections and new cabinet positions are better understood. That was the prediction from Michelle Rook, a well-known South Dakota radio commentator who shared her perspective as part of a Crop Tip event in York Dec. 14. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Upper Big Blue NRD (Natural Resources District) hosted its annual Crop-Tip event in York on Dec. 14, where a handful of ag-related speakers gave presentations to the crowd including climatologist Al Dutcher. As the University of Nebraska Extenstion agricultural climatologist, Dutcher specializes in climate data analysis, soil moisture analysis, weather forecasting, crop/weather relationships and drought monitoring. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association's director of grower services, Morgan Wrich, spoke to a Hamilton County audience Dec. 5 discussing the integration and changes between her agency and the Nebraska Corn Board. “We are a grassroots organization founded in 1972,” Wrich explained to the audience. “We are not a state-based organization. We are funded by membership dues paid by our members.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Renewable energy was the topic for discussion at a University of Nebraska Extension workshop last week in York, and more specifically solar energy. John Hay, an Extension educator expert in renewable energy, gave a presentation about solar energy at a workshop put on by York County Extension educator Jenny Rees. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Changes are coming for those who are raising food production animals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is enforcing a veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulation update starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Last week, Dan Pachta of the Aurora Veterinary Clinic held a meeting for local cattle producers explaining what the upcoming regulations mean for their operations. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
If you drive north from Highway 34 on K Road, all the fields are bare in their typical after-harvest state, but if you go a little farther you will run into a unique sea of green vegetation on either side of the road. “People always ask us if those are weeds,” Tom Yockey said. “Then they notice they look too uniform to be weeds.” John Yockey, along with sons Dan and Tom, started using cover crops in their fields three years ago. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Harvest season 2016 is quickly coming to an end as farmers in the area are already finished or are only a few acres away from calling it quits. After interviewing three local farmers, one thing continues to ring true for all -- soybeans were phenomenal. “Our bean crop was outstanding this year, and our corn crop was probably average,” local Aurora farmer Danny Janzen said. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For most farmers in Hamilton County and Nebraska it’s safe to say that retirement isn't the top thing they look forward to later in their life, but some like 71-year-old Glen Rauert are still able to keep their agriculture roots sprouting “I always have had my fingers back some way in farming,” Rauert explained. “I think everybody, when they retire they think, what am I going to do with my time? Am I going to be okay monetary wise? You're going down a whole new path. You lose that realm of security. I think that was always the scare.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.