Ag Life

Wed
01
Jul

Eco-Drip field day educates about SDI systems

A subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system is nothing new to producers in the area. Eco-Drip, a SDI company out of Hastings, held a field day near Chapman Thursday to help explain, demonstrate and educate producers on the workings of the systems and the benefits it can create.
The company, which has eight locations mostly in Texas, has one company located in Nebraska.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
24
Jun

Alternatives given to 4-Hers for poultry shows

For those involved in 4-H, FFA or just any county fair in general, it’s not news to them that their poultry and waterfowl will not be allowed at any of Nebraska’s county fairs or the State Fair this year.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture cancelled all poultry events across Nebraska until Jan. 1, 2016. This cancellation comes as an effort to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. The decision was made following discussions with Nebraska Extension and poultry industry leaders.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
10
Jun

Area producers suffer from over-saturated fields

Rain has been the talk of the area after numerous storms deluged Hamilton County last week and over the weekend. With areas in the southern part of the county receiving over eight inches of rain in three days, water standing in planted fields was a cause for concern.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
03
Jun

From Chapman to all over the globe

Preferred Popcorn, located in Chapman, has been around for the last 17 years. The company, whose farmers produce popcorn, is nothing new to the community with a population of 290, but their large global reach is something to be talked about.
The company has had significant growth in that last five years with the ability to reach into the global markets and create a profitable export business.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
27
May

Playing a different role in the beef industry

May is beef month in case you weren’t aware, and in Nebraska the beef industry is a vital part of local economics, agriculture and a lot of the time what’s served at the dinner table.
Dan Pachta may not play the most traditional role in the beef industry, but it’s one that is required for the industry to thrive. As a large animal veterinarian at Aurora Veterinary Clinic, his number is on speed dial of many of the county’s livestock producer’s phones.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
20
May

UNL Extension begins 2020 staffing transition

The Hamilton County Extension office will be going through a few changes over the next five years as part of the 2020 Extension staffing transition plan. The goal of this new staffing plan by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is for educators to still live locally, but serve regionally.
“They decided to target how many educators they want to have in each of the areas,” Hamilton County Extension educator Todd Whitney said. “It’s kind of like reallocation of resources. They still want to maintain a local Extension presence.”

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
13
May

Berthelsen utilizes hydroponics for basement tomato garden

Cal Berthelsen needed a hobby. The 87-year-old picked one up and is now able to enjoy growing things all year long.
Berthelsen’s hobby requires him to go down his narrow stairs to his basement, where a light shines through a door. For the full story, see this week's News-Register.

Wed
13
May

Corn growers make quick work of variety plot

Spring rains may have slightly delayed Hamilton County Corn Growers Association members from getting their variety test plot in the ground, but when the sun finally broke through Tuesday morning they made quick work of the annual project.
For the full story, see this week's News-Register.

Wed
06
May

Spring planting off and running

Rain and cooler temperatures had farmers anxiously waiting for the green light to begin planting, though seed was finally going into the ground last week as another growing season begins to take root.
Todd Whitney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator for Hamilton County, reported that farmers had to wait on planting this year’s crop, which could provide some challenges, both in the field and in the pocketbook.
 

Wed
29
Apr

Root Demand system touted as water, energy saver

Installation began last week north of Hampton on a high-tech ag product which some industry experts say could reduce water use by as much as 40 percent on fields not suited for pivot irrigation.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

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