Ag Life

Wed
07
Sep

Growing a vineyard, no matter the circumstances

Shad and Holly Salmon decided four years ago they were going to grow grapes.
“I was looking for something to do kind of as a hobby,” Shad said. “Somehow Holly’s mom saw that the owners of Miletta Vista were looking for people to raise grapes for them.”
The original Miletta Vista winery in St. Paul was completely destroyed in a fire in June 2012. After rebuilding both the vineyard and the restaurant/tasting room, they were searching for people to grow grapes for them.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
31
Aug

Scouts find greensnap may effect yields

It was only a small snapshot of this year’s crop, but the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made its rounds in Nebraska last week, stopping in Hamilton County for two samples.
Scout Tony McDonald and his crew made their way north, 10 miles off of Interstate 80, and took some samples of corn and soybeans, making an estimate of the yield.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
24
Aug

Pantry a product of produce and preservation

It’s that time of year again when people are starting to think if they see another tomato, the are likely to throw it against the wall, hands up in the air, saying “no more.”
Luckily there is an alternative to this potentially messy scenario. Alan Danielson has been canning and preserving food from his garden since he was 10 years old.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
17
Aug

Local experts share Aurora’s plot field report

Growers filled the aisles during Aurora Cooperative’s RFR (Real Farm Research) Field Day Thursday to learn more about what’s going on in the plots from local experts.
The most recent talk at the coffee shops has been the threat of Southern Rust, which has been confirmed in 10 Nebraska counties.

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

Wed
27
Jul

4-H Horse Club enjoys first year at Timberlake

Timberlake Ranch Camp has taken over the duties of running the Hamilton County 4-H competition due to the size of their facilities and accommodations for a large number of horses.
Amanda Gonzalez is the horsemanship coordinator at the camp and is excited to share her expertise with young 4-H students who are ready to learn about their equine friends.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
20
Jul

McClure joins family seed company

Twenty-five-year veteran seed salesman Stephen McClure has recently taken the jump from a corporate position to what could be considered the mom and pop shop of seed sales.
McClure resigned his position with Prairie Brand seeds after 12 years with the company and has accepted a position with an independent, family-owned brand, Champion Seeds.

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

Wed
13
Jul

Hemmelgarn urges guests to think beyond the plate

Grain Place Foods near Marquette held its annual farm tour and seminar Saturday, which included a lunch prepared with Grain Place products.
The featured speaker of the event was nationally syndicated radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn, who gave a presentation on organic farming that she admitted doesn’t resonate with a large population of farmers in the Midwest.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Tue
05
Jul

Fair set to begin July 28

Though it may still be three weeks away, the Hamilton County Fair will be here in no time, filling the fairgrounds with livestock, exhibits, carnival rides and entertainment.
See this week's edition for a detailed preview.

Wed
22
Jun

Nuss shares green thumb gardening expertise

When it comes to gardening, Pat Nuss doesn’t consider herself an expert, but she is, officially, a master.
Her passion for growing herbs and vegetables inspired her to earn the “master gardener” title through the Nebraska extension office a few years ago, and she now enjoys sharing her green thumb expertise with others.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
15
Jun

Volunteers vital to rainfall reporting organization

A rain gauge is something almost every farmer or weather enthusiast, depending on their motives, either curses or praises. Aurora native Keith Wasem lands in the weather enthusiast category and he uses his rain gauge for a little more than just coffee shop talk.
 Wasem, also known by his call sign hami004, is a rainfall reporter for the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN).

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

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