Ag Life

Wed
29
Jul

Detasslers take to local fields, despite COVID threat

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As the corn grows taller and the days get hotter a familiar sight can be found in the fields surrounding Hamilton County -- detasselers.
Not even a pandemic can stop these students from working to do their part in the cycle of production. Jeremy Dubas, field manager with WoffCo, noted that a lot of planning and extra steps have been put into place to ensure student safety this year.
“Number one, our kids are on the same consistent bus every day,” he explained. “If we do have a kid test positive we can contact those kids who may be exposed.”
He found that more preplanning had to be done this year than in years past with Brandon Timm taking on extra safety work to accommodate the necessary changes.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
22
Jul

Grain Place Field Day shines light on organic farming

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Social distancing didn’t stop Grain Place Foods from hosting its annual field day as they showcased their farm near Marquette during a virtual tour Saturday morning.
Attendees were then invited to listen to this year’s keynote speaker, Brise Tencer, executive director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) who has worked on organic food policy and research issues.
“Organic production, as you all probably know has potential to really lead the way in the transformation of agriculture,” she began. “To make a more regenerative and more resilient system.”

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
07
Jul

Where is the Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has now been confirmed in Kearney by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Does this mean it must be in your area since the closest it was previously found was in Fremont? Not necessarily.
Emerald ash borer larvae and adults can hitchhike in firewood as well as on or in vehicles. This is the most common way it spreads because adult beetles only fly short distances.
When asked if EAB is in Columbus, Norfolk or nearby, my answer has been that it has not been found in these locations yet. It might be there, but it has not yet been found.
Now that EAB has been confirmed in Kearney, ash tree owners there and in communities near Kearney should begin making plans to either treat or remove ash trees.
For ash tree owners in communities more than 15 miles from Fremont, Kearney, Omaha, Lincoln and Greenwood, the recommendation remains to wait until EAB is confirmed in your area before beginning treatment or removing ash trees.

Wed
01
Jul

Vetter, Nilson share love of bees with community

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As many people across the country look for ways to help support nature and key species, beekeeping has become a popular option. Those who live in central Nebraska can get the latest buzz from Megan Vetter and Brian Nilson with their beekeeping class through Central Community College’s Grand Island campus.
Nilson has been teaching the class for six years and Vetter, who went from student to teacher, will be completing her first year in September. Catch the full buzz in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
24
Jun

CFAP offers agricultural assistance during pandemic

As many businesses and organizations struggle to stay afloat due to shutdowns caused by COVID-19, a new program has been implemented to help the agricultural community regain stability.
Bobbie KrizWickham with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) explained that the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was created as part of the CARES Act earlier this year.
“Through CFAP, USDA is making $16 billion available to farmers and ranchers across the nation whose operations have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” she said. “There are four broad categories of eligible commodities for the program, including non-specialty crops, livestock, dairy and specialty crops.”

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
17
Jun

Chuck, Shari Promes share love of horses, miniature goats

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Chuck and Shari Promes are never without company at their home north of Aurora. This couple operates Promes’ Country Venture where they run a horse hotel and sell miniature goats.
“We started boarding horses in the mid 90s for other people,” Chuck said. “We’ve got four horses boarded here now.” See full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
10
Jun

Gasparis share the buzz on their love of honeybees

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Many people might panic to hear the sound of 20,000 bees in their backyard, but for the Gaspari family of Jacob, Shaunie and their son Ronan it’s just another day as they care for their five honeybee hives as GD Honey Acres.
“My brother-in-law Levi Moore was into beekeeping for a while and it got us really interested in it,” Shaunie explained. “When he passed away last fall it really spurred it to where it’s like, ‘Hey this is something that we really want to continue.’ It’s a way of honoring him, and we’re really excited about it.” See full story in this week's ANR print or e-editions.

 

Wed
03
Jun

Hog industry sees changes with coronavirus

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Local producer, NE Pork official share thoughts on virus-driven challenges in the industry. Story in this week's ANR.

Wed
27
May

Tim Jones gives local insight on Morel mushroom hunting

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The arrival of spring heralds many things in Nebraska. It’s an end to winter, the arrival of planting and for many the beginning of Morel mushroom season.
For those willing to traverse the great outdoors, they can be rewarded with this honeycombed, cone-shaped prize.
According to Nebraska Game and Parks, these treasured mushrooms emerge for a few weeks each spring and are prized for their rich flavor.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
20
May

Local butcher Winfield shares thoughts on U.S. beef crisis

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Many industries have seen a rapid change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Between having to close down or being under restrictions there is not much that is usual. This rings true for the beef industry as well with producers seeing low prices for cattle and consumers seeing high prices in the stores.
Brent Winfield, co-owner of the Aurora Meat Block, stepped forward to give the community insight from a middle man’s perspective. For a detailed report. see this week's ANR Ag Life report.

 

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