Ag Life

Wed
25
Apr

Early soybean planting dates proven to increase yield

Research looking into the possibility of earlier soybean planting dates back to 2003 and 2004 when Jim Spect, emeritus professor of agronomy at UNL, began looking into the topic. Get the details in this week's Ag Life section.

 

Wed
18
Apr

Continuing cold weather puts damper on planting

Spring may be here, but winter is still lingering -- leaving farmers idle but anxious to get in the fields. The recent forecast for another April snowstorm and the varying soil temperatures has put a hold on the usually spring bustle.
UNL Extension Educator Jenny Rees talks about the importance of waiting for the correct conditions before planting.
“When seeds -- whether it’s corn or soybeans -- are placed in the ground and we end up with soil temperatures in the low 40s, and cold, wet conditions afterwards, it can kill the embryo or affect germination making for a weakened and sometimes malformed seedling,” Rees said.

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

Wed
11
Apr

Bish Enterprises puts efforts into crop on the horizon

Every year, producers in Hamilton County and the rest of Nebraska watch as corn, soybean and other grain prices fluctuate leaving those farmers constantly unsure where their profits will land. Yet, a potential solution is on the horizon and Giltner’s Bish Enterprises is producing farm equipment made specifically for this possibly new money-making crop -- even though it’s currently illegal to commercially harvest in the state of Nebraska.That potential crop is hemp. See this week's print or e-edition for complete story.

Wed
04
Apr

Hamilton County FSA executive director of 33 years retires

For the past 20 years, producers around Hamilton County have gotten to know a friendly face behind the local Farm Service Agency (FSA). That face will soon change as Kathy Jennings will be stepping down from her position to enter the new, unfamiliar world of retirement.
“I’m the type of person who’s interested in that person across the desk,” Jennings said of her position as the FSA’s county executive director for the past 20 years. “I’ve enjoyed connecting with the producers and getting to know them, their families and the land.”

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

 

Wed
28
Mar

Beef is what’s for dinner at Hampton Public Schools

Beef, it’s what’s for dinner -- at least that’s the case in the Hampton Public School cafeteria. The school’s Hawk Beef program kicked off in 2016 and is still going strong.
“Students are excited about the inclusion of real, local beef in the lunches -- twice a week,” said Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg. “They can taste a difference in the quality of the beef and appreciate the variety in the menus that has been a direct result of the inclusion of the real, local beef.”
Adding local beef to the menu has even increased student participation in the school lunch program, according to head cook Lisa McNish.

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

 

Tue
20
Mar

USDA Undersecretary addresses Governor’s Ag Conference

Former Nebraska Director of Agriculture and current U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Greg Ibach took the podium as a keynote speaker during the 30th annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney.
Ibach stated that being behind the podium as a keynote speaker was surreal, as he has spoken many times at the conference in a smaller capacity.
Ibach, who oversees the Agriculture Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, understands the importance of his job to families and individuals who put in the work.

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

Wed
14
Mar

International trade agreements vital to Nebraska producers

International trade was a primary topic of discussion at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney. Everyone from panelists to the governor to USDA undersecretary Greg Ibach highlighted the importance of international trade to agriculture in Nebraska.
Former Nebraska ag director Ibach said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue knows the importance of trade to the farm economy. But at the same time, farmers have said for years that the U.S. could negotiate better trade deals, with lower tariffs from countries that import U.S. goods, or more consistent levels of imports over time.

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

 

Wed
28
Feb

Irrigation scheduling saves water, money

It is important for farmers to get water on crops at the right time throughout the growing season, and Steve Melvin, irrigated cropping systems Extension educator, discussed just that at the Hamilton County Ag Day with a presentation about irrigation scheduling.
“The past two Junes have brought high temperatures and limited rains to much of Nebraska, causing some farmers to question whether they should start irrigating corn during the vegetative growth stage,” Melvin said.

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

Wed
21
Feb

Aurora Cooperative expands State Fair partnership

The Aurora Cooperative expanded its relationship with the Nebraska State Fair this week by announcing a new partnership that includes renaming the swine barn and swine arena to Aurora Cooperative Pavilion.
Representatives with the Aurora-based company, the State Fair and Fonner Park applauded the new arrangement during a press conference Feb. 14.

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

 

Wed
21
Feb

Carlson continues High Plains FFA tradition

High school programs are always in an ever-changing mindset to evolve and improve upon the previous year’s achievements. For High Plains the group that has been at the forefront of doing just that is their FFA program, which is headed this year by president Alyse Carlson.
“Since my freshman year I felt that it was something I wanted to achieve,” Carlson said about her initial reasons for wanting to serve as FFA president her senior year.

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

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