Ag Life

Wed
19
Jul

Speaker says soil health correlates to human health

Jeff Moyer of Rodale Institute, located about an hour northeast of Philadelphia, Penn., made a visit to Hamilton County last week to offer words of advice on soil health and the benefits of organic farming practices during the annual farm tour and seminar at Grain Place Foods.
Moyer has been with Rodale Institute for more than 30 years.

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Wed
12
Jul

Aurora Coop demonstrates yield research

Aurora Cooperative’s agronomy division runs by the motto “Aurora Agronomy Knows Yield” and they make it a point to share the research they are doing on yields with growers.
The agronomy division organized Owners Acres Field tours Thursday and Friday to give farmers a first-hand look at the research they are currently testing on plots south of the ethanol plant.

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Wed
05
Jul

Detasseling to begin soon in Hamilton County

As the dog days of summer approach, so do the arduous days of detasseling. While it is hard to predict exactly when the corn will be ready to detassel, most will say that it looks like it will be right on schedule or maybe a little ahead.

“We are planning on starting around July 12 and hope to be done by the end of  the month,” said Bill Hunter with Syngenta Seeds. “The rain and cool weather around planting time was tough on the fields. We planted a couple days before the rain hit, but it didn’t really affect stands. Our stands are     right at 99.9 percent of   where we thought they would be.” See this week's ANR for a detailed report.

 

Wed
28
Jun

Loan programs available to state’s beginning farmers

The Rural Response Workshop June 6 didn’t just focus on disaster relief issues facing today’s ag producers, as expert Amy Swoboda from Legal Aid of Nebraska also explained the ways beginning Nebraska farmers could start off on the right foot with the various types of loans available through Farm Service Agency programs.
“We are a non-profit legal law firm throughout Nebraska,” Swoboda said about her organization. “We serve all counties in Nebraska and we have eight offices across the state. We do have income eligibility guidelines, which means you have to fit those to use our services.” See this week's print or e-edition for details.

 

Wed
28
Jun

Loan programs available to state’s beginning farmers

The Rural Response Workshop June 6 didn’t just focus on disaster relief issues facing today’s ag producers, as expert Amy Swoboda from Legal Aid of Nebraska also explained the ways beginning Nebraska farmers could start off on the right foot with the various types of loans available through Farm Service Agency programs. See this week's ANR for a complete report.

 

Wed
21
Jun

Fairground improvements come to fruition as fair nears

The south end of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds has received quite the makeover in the last few years with the addition of a new livestock barn, permanent bathrooms for this year, electrical work and tree planting.
“The big project that came to completion last year was the livestock barn on the south end of the grounds and the livestock facility,” noted Keith Wasem. “That one was finished and was used in last year’s fair. Phase two was the office and restroom facility.”

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Wed
07
Jun

Farmer’s Market on the Square kicks off for summer

The Farmer’s Market on the Square kicked off Saturday with perfect weather and smiles on every face. There were four vendors on the square, but both vendors and traffic are expected to increase as the summer gets going and more produce is ready to be harvested.
On Saturday there was everything from lettuce, spinach, and rhubarb to homemade jellies and jams, soaps and soy tarts, plus a wide array of annual plants.

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Wed
31
May

Kids flood Groundwater Festival in Grand Island

The Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival is an annual one-day event put on at Central Community College and College and College Park in Grand Island. The festival has been going on for about 30 years, and students continue to flood in to learn all about groundwater.
The festival promotes groundwater stewardship by providing students knowledge about protecting groundwater quality and conserving groundwater use.

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Wed
24
May

Hamilton County Corngrowers convene for annual plot planting

A drive around Hamilton County would reveal green sprouts popping up in the fields, and the Hamilton County Corngrowers Association’s hybrid plot is no exception. Members of the association were bustling a couple weeks ago to get seeds in the ground.
“It’s something we have done for a number of years,” Hamilton County Corngrowers chairman Brandon Hunnicutt said.

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Wed
17
May

Hampton family brings back two to work on farm

The future of agriculture lies with the youth and Travis and Tyler Bankson are two young men who are moving back to the family ranch to take over someday. The operation is a family affair with grandparents Al and Darlene Klute, dad Bryan Bankson and son Travis all now working on the farm. Travis just finished school and is working on an internship in Iowa before he moves back to Hampton as well. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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