Ag Life

Wed
18
Sep

Husker Harvest Days speaker shares season outlook

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During the many events of Husker Harvest Days, attendees had an opportunity to hear Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr discuss the outlook for the current year.
“I’m optimistic that you’re going to be able to make money,” he said. “We’re talking about managing risk, and that’s really the key because there’s stuff we know about the market, stuff we don’t know and a lot of stuff we’re just not sure about.”

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Wed
11
Sep

‘Millennial Farmer’ explains importance of connection

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As years progress and the age of the American farmer morphs into something new, it is no surprise to most that with the new style of farming comes a unique spin on just about everything else related to the way of life.
The first of two keynote speakers for Aurora Cooperative’s Owners Acres fall program and tour was an example of just that. At 9 a.m. sharp, on a stage inside the well-decorated Farr Building on the fairgrounds, self-proclaimed “millennial farmer” Zach Johnson took the stage.
The young farmer from Minnesota has a large following on YouTube, where he vlogs about his daily life on the farm and uses social media to engage a more diverse population in the conversation of where their food comes from.

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Wed
04
Sep

Area rescuers receive grain entrapment training

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The Hamilton County Fairgrounds played host to a large and in-charge guest Aug. 20, in the form of a state-of-the-art grain bin entrapment trailer and its instructors from Oklahoma State University.
“The program you are seeing is part of the Susan P. Harwood grant,” said Caroline Reed, assistant director of the OSU Fire Service Training program. “We have been the official grantees in the grain bin entrapment area for the past seven years. This is all about grain bin entrapment and hazardous communications.”
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Tue
03
Sep

Area rescuers receive grain entrapment training

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The Hamilton County Fairgrounds played host to a large and in-charge guest Aug. 20, in the form of a state-of-the-art grain bin entrapment trailer and its instructors from Oklahoma State University. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
28
Aug

Local farmers get hail management tips at SCAL field day

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Everyone knows that Nebraska weather is sudden and unpredictable. Mother Nature deals devastation in many forms and an all too common one for the area is hail.
Nebraska Extension’s Justin McMechan spoke to a crowd of more than 30 farmers Aug. 1 during the South Central Agriculture Lab (SCAL) field day about what to do if their fields had gone through a hail storm.
“I’m going to walk you through the National Crop Insurance Service guidelines,” he said. “Evaluating hail damage is tricky, but you can kind of give yourself a precursor knowledge of what you might expect.”
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Wed
14
Aug

Disease management in corn, soybeans help farmers prepare

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Farmers and industry members who attended the South Central Agricultural Lab (SCAL) Field Day Aug. 1 were treated to tips on how to recognize, report and treat some new and familiar diseases that are entering the area.
Extension plant pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems led the discussion by first talking about one of the issues plaguing corn -- southern rust.
“I bet a lot of you already heard the ugly words, southern rust, and that just makes your hair stand up a little bit, doesn’t it,” Jackson-Ziems said.

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Wed
07
Aug

Field day keynote talks of community, flooding

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More than 90 farmers, ranchers, community members and those in the agricultural sector gathered at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) Field Day Thursday near Clay Center, where they reviewed the state’s devastating flood situation and learned more about what is being done to help flood victims cope with the aftermath.
After explaining a bit about the Extension and its mission, David Varner showed pictures to the crowd of irrigation pivots under water, fields with six inches of sand on them and grain bins that had exploded along the Missouri River.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition of the ANR.

Wed
31
Jul

Oswald helps bring T-L Irrigation to its capital debut

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Just over two weeks ago Craig Oswald, son of Aurora’s own Dave Oswald, had an experience he isn’t likely to forget any time soon -- one that made his dad and sister very proud.
This experience exactly? Oswald had the opportunity to be a part of the team that brought a T-L Irrigation Co. pivot to the White House and had met the President of the United States all while showcasing a product he couldn’t be more proud of. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
24
Jul

Q&A focuses on organic struggles, opportunities

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The going was tough in the early years of organic farming, when growing crops with unconventional methods drew odd looks from the neighbors and raised questions with no known answers.
A panel of farmers who weathered that storm and stayed true to their convictions say awareness of the benefits associated with organic farming has grown significantly in recent years, though in their eyes so much more could and should be done to shift food production from a modern-day chemical approach to a healthier, more sustainable model.
“I’ve probably received more calls in the last two years than I’ve received in the 20 years previous,” said Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Montana and one of four panel members featured in a question-and-answer session July 14 at The Ivy.

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Wed
17
Jul

Grain Place Foods keynote focused on fixing food problems

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On a sultry, sunny Saturday many interested individuals gathered at Grain Place Foods near Marquette for the farm’s annual field day. Those in attendance included organic farmers, product producers, hopefuls in the field of organic food, local and fresh food bloggers and more.
After a widely attended tour of both the fields and the factory, David Vetter and his brother led the group to an organic lunch and highly anticipated keynote speaker -- Bob Quinn.

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