Ag Life

Wed
24
Dec

Can certain cover crops help improve groundwater quality?

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District held a groundwater management training at The Leadership Center in Aurora last week for local producers.
The UBB NRD has determined that the majority of Hamilton County is in phase II of the groundwater quality regulations and within those regulations ag producers must attend nutrient management training once every four years. Over 100 producers filled the room to get their training credits.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
17
Dec

CROP-TIP field day focuses on soil health, groundwater quality

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District hosted its 11th annual CROP-TIP field day last week in York, with the big ticket items of soil health and groundwater quality on the agenda for the day.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
03
Dec

Informational meetings help producers explore their safety net program options

With the deadlines for choosing a coverage plan quickly approaching, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Hamilton County held its first Farm Bill informational meeting. The meeting, which drew a full house of producers and others interested, was held to explain all the options with the new bill.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
12
Nov

Plot hybrid yields lower than last year

The Hamilton County Corn Growers hybrid test plot, located west of Aurora on Highway 34 on Mike Oswald’s farm, was harvested on Nov. 5. The plot, which was located in the same place as last year, showed a significantly lower yield average among the hybrids than compared to 2013.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Tue
04
Nov

What harvest means for the other half


Harvest has always been a busy time for farmers, but it also has an impact on their spouses, whether they are spending their nights alone or out in the field helping. This is something anyone living in an agriculture community like Hamilton County knows all too well.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
29
Oct

Rain slows harvest; beans showing good yields

Harvest is well under way across the country and ideal weather conditions have had many Hamilton County producers happy, though chomping at the bit to stay in the fields.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
22
Oct

‘Critical’ Sedan facility rebuilt following explosion

As a result of the explosion that heavily damaged the Aurora Cooperative’s grain elevator at Sedan on July 5 of last year, the 2013 harvest season was a challenge for the location that serves much of southern Clay County.
A rebuild was not possible in that time frame, so the Sedan elevator operated as it could for the time being.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
08
Oct

Farmers stay busy getting crops out, weather permitting

If you drive out anywhere on a dirt road surrounded by fields, it is very likely that you will see a combine or two working away to harvest this season’s crops.

Aurora farmer Darin Danielson was just one of many area farmers busy combining last week before the rain. Considering everything that has happened to farmers this season, from hail, tornadoes and excessive rain, the soybean harvest has been surprisingly good.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.
 

Wed
01
Oct

Learning the importance of agriculture

How do you get 88 fourth graders to sit down and pay attention to adults talking about agriculture?


You roll out a $280,000 combine for them to crawl around on, llamas and goats for them to pet and make sure the adults have candy and games -- all while educating them on the importance of agriculture. If you do those things, they’ll listen.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.
 

Tue
23
Sep

Wild and wooly

Llamas and alpacas took over the livestock arena at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora Saturday for the Wild n’ Wooly show. Mary Kate Steele from Osceola takes her alpaca, Vulpes, through the obstacle course. The Lincoln Creek Llama Club members are now qualified to compete at the Grand National Competition in Park City, Kan. on Oct. 24 and 25. Those members include Jonah Jensen, Arika Jensen, Lyndsay Jensen, Ellie Wanek and Jane Wanek.
 

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