Ag Life

Wed
16
Aug

New solar project in the works at Berggren Farms

Solar power has long been viewed as the future of renewable energy, and it is now becoming a reality in Hamilton County.
The city has begun a solar project with the waste water treatment plant and a couple farmers in the area are beginning to use solar power to offset the electricity costs for pivots and grain dryers.

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

Wed
09
Aug

Summers are for horsing around at Bish Arena

On the southwest side of Hamilton County, bright lights shine just off the Giltner Spur for eight Saturdays during the summer and fall months -- showcasing some of the most entertaining playday races Nebraska has to offer.
The Summer Playday Saddle Series is hosted just outside of Giltner and provides high-flying equine entertainment. The event is run by local horse enthusiast Coleen Bish, who brought the competition known as Gymkhana to the area just a few years ago.

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Wed
02
Aug

Busy week of fair a highlight for many

4-H and FFA are a family affair, and the Bonifas family exemplifies that model through and through. Grant is a nine-year 4-Her and on his fourth year of FFA while Blaine is an eight-year 4-Her and a two-year FFA member. This was younger sister Morgan’s second year in 4-H.

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Wed
26
Jul

Six 4-Hers compete in Horse Show at Timberlake

Dozens of spectators and horse-lovers alike stepped out Friday during one of the hottest days of the summer thus far to check out the 2017 Hamilton County 4-H Horse Show at Timberlake Ranch Camp.
Six riders, separated into two different age categories, competed in various events. All of the competitors had an opportunity to showcase the lessons they had learned over the past year.

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Wed
19
Jul

Speaker says soil health correlates to human health

Jeff Moyer of Rodale Institute, located about an hour northeast of Philadelphia, Penn., made a visit to Hamilton County last week to offer words of advice on soil health and the benefits of organic farming practices during the annual farm tour and seminar at Grain Place Foods.
Moyer has been with Rodale Institute for more than 30 years.

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Wed
12
Jul

Aurora Coop demonstrates yield research

Aurora Cooperative’s agronomy division runs by the motto “Aurora Agronomy Knows Yield” and they make it a point to share the research they are doing on yields with growers.
The agronomy division organized Owners Acres Field tours Thursday and Friday to give farmers a first-hand look at the research they are currently testing on plots south of the ethanol plant.

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Wed
05
Jul

Detasseling to begin soon in Hamilton County

As the dog days of summer approach, so do the arduous days of detasseling. While it is hard to predict exactly when the corn will be ready to detassel, most will say that it looks like it will be right on schedule or maybe a little ahead.

“We are planning on starting around July 12 and hope to be done by the end of  the month,” said Bill Hunter with Syngenta Seeds. “The rain and cool weather around planting time was tough on the fields. We planted a couple days before the rain hit, but it didn’t really affect stands. Our stands are     right at 99.9 percent of   where we thought they would be.” See this week's ANR for a detailed report.

 

Wed
28
Jun

Loan programs available to state’s beginning farmers

The Rural Response Workshop June 6 didn’t just focus on disaster relief issues facing today’s ag producers, as expert Amy Swoboda from Legal Aid of Nebraska also explained the ways beginning Nebraska farmers could start off on the right foot with the various types of loans available through Farm Service Agency programs.
“We are a non-profit legal law firm throughout Nebraska,” Swoboda said about her organization. “We serve all counties in Nebraska and we have eight offices across the state. We do have income eligibility guidelines, which means you have to fit those to use our services.” See this week's print or e-edition for details.

 

Wed
28
Jun

Loan programs available to state’s beginning farmers

The Rural Response Workshop June 6 didn’t just focus on disaster relief issues facing today’s ag producers, as expert Amy Swoboda from Legal Aid of Nebraska also explained the ways beginning Nebraska farmers could start off on the right foot with the various types of loans available through Farm Service Agency programs. See this week's ANR for a complete report.

 

Wed
21
Jun

Fairground improvements come to fruition as fair nears

The south end of the Hamilton County Fairgrounds has received quite the makeover in the last few years with the addition of a new livestock barn, permanent bathrooms for this year, electrical work and tree planting.
“The big project that came to completion last year was the livestock barn on the south end of the grounds and the livestock facility,” noted Keith Wasem. “That one was finished and was used in last year’s fair. Phase two was the office and restroom facility.”

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