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.
Growers filled the aisles during Aurora Cooperative’s RFR (Real Farm Research) Field Day Thursday to learn more about what’s going on in the plots from local experts. The most recent talk at the coffee shops has been the threat of Southern Rust, which has been confirmed in 10 Nebraska counties.
Timberlake Ranch Camp has taken over the duties of running the Hamilton County 4-H competition due to the size of their facilities and accommodations for a large number of horses. Amanda Gonzalez is the horsemanship coordinator at the camp and is excited to share her expertise with young 4-H students who are ready to learn about their equine friends. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Twenty-five-year veteran seed salesman Stephen McClure has recently taken the jump from a corporate position to what could be considered the mom and pop shop of seed sales. McClure resigned his position with Prairie Brand seeds after 12 years with the company and has accepted a position with an independent, family-owned brand, Champion Seeds.
Grain Place Foods near Marquette held its annual farm tour and seminar Saturday, which included a lunch prepared with Grain Place products. The featured speaker of the event was nationally syndicated radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn, who gave a presentation on organic farming that she admitted doesn’t resonate with a large population of farmers in the Midwest. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Though it may still be three weeks away, the Hamilton County Fair will be here in no time, filling the fairgrounds with livestock, exhibits, carnival rides and entertainment. See this week's edition for a detailed preview.
When it comes to gardening, Pat Nuss doesn’t consider herself an expert, but she is, officially, a master. Her passion for growing herbs and vegetables inspired her to earn the “master gardener” title through the Nebraska extension office a few years ago, and she now enjoys sharing her green thumb expertise with others. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A rain gauge is something almost every farmer or weather enthusiast, depending on their motives, either curses or praises. Aurora native Keith Wasem lands in the weather enthusiast category and he uses his rain gauge for a little more than just coffee shop talk. Wasem, also known by his call sign hami004, is a rainfall reporter for the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN).
Dave Eigenberg is settling into his new role as general manager for the Upper Big Blue Nebraska Resources District after taking over the office on March 1. Eigenberg stepped in after John Turnbull's retirement, ending a 38-year career with the NRD. The NRD board and staff recognized Turnbull in January for his dedication to promoting the preservation and conservation of natural resources in the state of Nebraska and especially his leadership during his time with the Upper Big Blue NRD. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Blaine Bonifas’ new hobby came in handy during the last week of school on May 18 as a swarm of bees decided to make a temporary home in a net on the football field. Word of the swarm got to Bonifas and during his P.E. class, his bee mentor Larry Keller and his dad, Greg, helped him capture the swarm safely into a beehive box.