Ag Life

Wed
28
Aug

Local farmers get hail management tips at SCAL field day

Article Image Alt Text

Everyone knows that Nebraska weather is sudden and unpredictable. Mother Nature deals devastation in many forms and an all too common one for the area is hail.
Nebraska Extension’s Justin McMechan spoke to a crowd of more than 30 farmers Aug. 1 during the South Central Agriculture Lab (SCAL) field day about what to do if their fields had gone through a hail storm.
“I’m going to walk you through the National Crop Insurance Service guidelines,” he said. “Evaluating hail damage is tricky, but you can kind of give yourself a precursor knowledge of what you might expect.”
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
14
Aug

Disease management in corn, soybeans help farmers prepare

Article Image Alt Text

Farmers and industry members who attended the South Central Agricultural Lab (SCAL) Field Day Aug. 1 were treated to tips on how to recognize, report and treat some new and familiar diseases that are entering the area.
Extension plant pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems led the discussion by first talking about one of the issues plaguing corn -- southern rust.
“I bet a lot of you already heard the ugly words, southern rust, and that just makes your hair stand up a little bit, doesn’t it,” Jackson-Ziems said.

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

Wed
07
Aug

Field day keynote talks of community, flooding

Article Image Alt Text

More than 90 farmers, ranchers, community members and those in the agricultural sector gathered at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) Field Day Thursday near Clay Center, where they reviewed the state’s devastating flood situation and learned more about what is being done to help flood victims cope with the aftermath.
After explaining a bit about the Extension and its mission, David Varner showed pictures to the crowd of irrigation pivots under water, fields with six inches of sand on them and grain bins that had exploded along the Missouri River.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition of the ANR.

Wed
31
Jul

Oswald helps bring T-L Irrigation to its capital debut

Article Image Alt Text

Just over two weeks ago Craig Oswald, son of Aurora’s own Dave Oswald, had an experience he isn’t likely to forget any time soon -- one that made his dad and sister very proud.
This experience exactly? Oswald had the opportunity to be a part of the team that brought a T-L Irrigation Co. pivot to the White House and had met the President of the United States all while showcasing a product he couldn’t be more proud of. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
24
Jul

Q&A focuses on organic struggles, opportunities

Article Image Alt Text

The going was tough in the early years of organic farming, when growing crops with unconventional methods drew odd looks from the neighbors and raised questions with no known answers.
A panel of farmers who weathered that storm and stayed true to their convictions say awareness of the benefits associated with organic farming has grown significantly in recent years, though in their eyes so much more could and should be done to shift food production from a modern-day chemical approach to a healthier, more sustainable model.
“I’ve probably received more calls in the last two years than I’ve received in the 20 years previous,” said Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Montana and one of four panel members featured in a question-and-answer session July 14 at The Ivy.

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

Wed
17
Jul

Grain Place Foods keynote focused on fixing food problems

Article Image Alt Text

On a sultry, sunny Saturday many interested individuals gathered at Grain Place Foods near Marquette for the farm’s annual field day. Those in attendance included organic farmers, product producers, hopefuls in the field of organic food, local and fresh food bloggers and more.
After a widely attended tour of both the fields and the factory, David Vetter and his brother led the group to an organic lunch and highly anticipated keynote speaker -- Bob Quinn.

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

 

Wed
10
Jul

Obermier family corn planter more than a tradition

Article Image Alt Text

It’s not so much about the three (or more) generation old corn planter itself that puts sweet corn in the soil for the Obermier family. It is about the long standing tradition that surrounds the planter -- one of gathering, family and questionable functionality of getting seed into the soil.
The history of the planter as the Obermiers’ know it started before they moved to Hamilton County in 1971, according to grandmother and matriarch Kathy Obermier.

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

 

Wed
10
Jul

‘Dreaming of a Vetter World’ documentary to air Sunday at 12th Street Cinema

The Hamilton County premiere of the documentary film, “Dreaming of a Vetter World” will be held Sunday at the 12th St. Cinema in Aurora.
The film’s main subject, organic farmer and Grain Place Foods CEO David Vetter, will be on hand for questions and conversation with guests Bob Quinn, Liz Carlisle, and others. This special screening happens the day after the annual Grain Place field day, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

 

Wed
10
Jul

Hamilton County Fair update

After careful consideration and consultation, the Hamilton County Agricultural Society has implemented several important changes for livestock exhibitors for the 2019 Hamilton County Fair.
Update to changes impacting livestock exhibitors include bedding, check in and personal equipment.

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

Wed
03
Jul

HPC given world-class opportunity to share ag insight

Article Image Alt Text

In what was touted as a world-class and highly prestigious opportunity, High Plains Community School FFA leaders hosted the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Friday to showcase their incorporation of agriculture and education.
The Mendela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellowship consists of fellows from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This year the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was selected to host a group of 25 African leaders throughout their tour.

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

 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Ag Life