Ag-Life

A bit on aphids and sticky plants

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Aphids are a common pest of many plants in the vegetable and flower garden and on landscape plants. In most cases, they are more of a nuisance and control is often not needed for plant health.

Locally invented, grasshopper plow changed plains ag

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Nestled alongside the Plainsman Museum’s full-size sod house is a rather unassuming and somewhat complicated looking piece of pioneer machinery. Little to most know that this “grasshopper plow” was invented right here in Hamilton County by a gentleman named George L.

Hamilton County Corn Growers 2020 plot tour scheduled for Aug. 31

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Ag producers in the Hamilton County area should mark their calendars for the last day of the month, which is set up to feature the 2020 Hamilton County Corn Growers Association plot tour. The event, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., will take place just south of 21st and N ‘W’ Road on the east side of the road (a few miles past the Hampton blacktop).

Royal Highlanders of Aurora: Cloaked in mystery, hard work

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One who is not familiar with local history or the Plainsman Museum might be surprised to find a display case within its walls that seems just a tad out of place for a rural Nebraska community. Behind thin glass lay kilts, shoe buckles, plaid hats, and old metal knight-like helmets, a spear and large shiny shield.

Tomato fruit issues, what to look for

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As tomatoes ripen, a few odd fruit issues arise. These include growth cracks, zippering, catfacing, yellow shoulders and blotchy ripening. All interesting names but not much fun to encounter on a tomato.

Hampton ag program’s calf wins big, changes coming soon

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The Hampton FFA agriculture program has done a wealth of growing in the past year, despite being hit like everyone else by the impacts of COVID-19. Global pandemic aside, the students and instructor Joel Miller were still able to learn from the situation and celebrate as the group’s calf was shown, and honored, at the Hamilton County Fair.

Nelson: CFAP benefits available for grain, livestock producers

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I cannot believe it is mid-August already. This has been a very different year for our offices and for you also. We are finishing up with Crop Certification and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your cooperation in getting this done timely. You all did a great job in completing the certification maps and returning them to the offices.

Farmers’ markets making a difference in NE communities

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Nebraska Farmers’ Markets are a tribute to the vitality of Nebraska communities. USDA Rural Development offers opportunities to assist the community to establish or improve a local farmers’ market; indoors or outdoors, with booths, tables or stands, offering consumers fresh, local, homegrown, summer’s best. Farmers’ markets reflect local culture and enhance local economy.
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