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.
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.