Ag Life

Wed
12
Jun

Giltner farmer Ron Hunnicutt wins trip of a lifetime

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Giltner farmer Ron Hunnicutt didn’t expect much when he entered an online drawing as part of Agronomy Week 2019, sponsored by DEKALB seed.
Generally, Hunnicutt doesn’t enter things like that, but this time he did on a whim.
“I guess I had sent one (a contest entry) to DEKALB a year ago and gotten some hats and different stuff and I thought, well, you know, maybe I’ll get a cooler or something out of this,” Hunnicutt said.

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

Tue
04
Jun

Experts weigh in on submerged crops, outlook

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With the recent onslaught of rain and cooler weather, it comes as no surprise that Hamilton County has been left with standing water in fields and questions regarding survivability of planted crops, the planting timeline itself and what it means for the future of this agricultural season. However, just because the ground is soggy doesn’t mean the experts are labeling this season a disaster, even if it does make them nervous. Detailed report in this week's News-Register.

 

Tue
28
May

Like-new Oliver grain drill among changes at ag museum

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Opened fresh for the season in the beginning of April, the Wesley Huenefeld Agriculture Museum located behind Aurora’s Plainsman Museum is home to a host of improvements, new pieces of the past and an updated look.
Despite getting ready to celebrate its 33rd birthday, the ag museum has a lot going on behind the scenes. Staff and volunteers haven’t slowed down updating and keeping things fresh since its inception, including a new round of crops planted out front by Val Oswald and his grandchildren.
“It’s always gone through changes,” said Executive Director Tina Larson. “But, right now we’ve had all brand new lighting put in through the whole exhibit area and currently we are in the process of having a brand new roof put on because leaks have been a problem for many years now. This will take care of that situation.”

 

Tue
21
May

Anderson reflects on adventures of life, teaching

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“Teaching, you’re not in it for the income, you’re in it for the outcome,” Dana Anderson quoted. “I like that one.”
The seasoned ag and vocational education teacher at Aurora High School stepped away from his welding project in his school shop for a brief while to reflect on the past 38 years of his teaching career -- 35 of which he spent in Aurora. His unique, and somewhat lucky, path toward that position started many years before. Anderson reflects on his career in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
14
May

Range West Beef seeks to expand market, resources

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Luke Jacobsen’s family has been in the cattle business for more than 120 years, all the while remaining in or close to Hamilton County. Though a small veer in tradition, he created Range West Beef as a new calling for the passionate family.
“Our family has been involved with cattle for multi-generations,” Jacobsen said. “My great grandfather, he came to Hamilton County originally in 1872.” See full story in this week's Ag Life section.

 

Wed
08
May

Jeremy Brandt welcomed as Noxious Weed, Zoning head

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alized expertise may soon meet a new face on the Hamilton County county staff in Noxious Weed Superintendent and Zoning Administrator Jeremy Brandt. However, the Wood River resident is no stranger to the area. 
To read more about the county's newest addition, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Tue
30
Apr

Planting on track, rain won’t slow down local farmers

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Spring has finally sprung and it looks like Nebraska may have turned a corner with the weather -- for now. An excess of moisture and a typically temperamental season has some worried about what may happen in the coming days, but farmers seem to be calm and optimistic.

 

Tue
23
Apr

Sophomore is steps away from complete restoration

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Surrounded by the pieces of his dismantled tractor, Aurora sophomore Ben Olsufka had no problem recounting the history of his most recent -- and challenging -- mechanical undertaking.
“This tractor in particular is a 1928 Farmall Regular made by International Harvester,” Ben said. “My grandpa got this tractor with the farm that he purchased way back when and he originally used this tractor to run water, with the well and stuff.”

 

Tue
16
Apr

Blaine Bonifas completes antique tractor renovation

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Aurora teen Blaine Bonifas is fully engaged in the world of agriculture, tending to bees, participating in FFA and helping out on the family farm. One of his more recent feats? Restoring his grandpa’s 1952 John Deere A tractor -- complete with shiny new green and yellow paint. Story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
03
Apr

Pre-planting fields are muddy, but there’s still time

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With February rains, flooding and snow, the question of how local farmers’ fields are holding up has been an issue of potential concern as planting season grows ever-closer. However,with more and more rain falling, farmers and Nebraska Extension specialists don’t seemed terribly worried -- yet.
The main problem? Mud.
“Mud, that’s about the best way to put it,” said local farmer Dallas Troester, when asked about the current condition of his fields.

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

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