Ag Life

Wed
06
Mar

Keeping up cover crops: benefits, costs of water usage

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Tucked away at the Merrick County Fairgrounds in Central City on Thursday was the Central Nebraska Cover Crops Conference, planned with the goal to educate area farmers on different facets concerning crops and their purposes.
Nebraska Extension Irrigated Cropping Systems Specialist and educator Steve Melvin used his allotted time to explain water usage concerns and how cover crop plants just might be a beneficial solution.

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Wed
20
Feb

Aurora Cooperative emphasizes commitment to ethanol

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The Aurora Cooperative plans to double down on its commitment to a struggling ethanol industry, emphasizing how important the two local plants are to the ag community, as well as how important ethanol is to the nation as a whole.
Company CEO Chris Vincent delivered that message during his keynote speech Feb. 13 in Grand Island, one of the highlights of the company’s annual meeting at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds.
“This is when tougher together really matters,” Vincent told a crowd of more than 800 guests and company stockholders.

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Wed
13
Feb

Willis grows Diamond J

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Growing up, Andrew Willis knew from a very young age that agriculture was where he felt at home. Despite it skipping a generation, with his father Dan Willis owning the town’s jewelry store, Willis took every opportunity he could find to follow his passion to fruition. Willis shares his ag story in this week's ANR Ag Life story.

 

Wed
06
Feb

Proposed redo of fairgrounds 4-H building seeks public input

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With space and safety among chief concerns, a proposed new 4-H building on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds is the question being posed to Ag Society Board members, county Extension officials and community members.
“Initially we were contacted by the Extension Office and were somewhat made aware of the fact that they wanted to establish a listening platform which was held out at the fairgrounds,” Ag Society Director Keith Wasem said.

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Wed
30
Jan

Farm bill dubbed a positive for Hamilton County

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On Dec. 20, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump and according to Aurora Co-op’s head of Government Affairs Dawn Caldwell, the signing of the bill came right on time.
“It is really unique that we actually got the new farm bill signed the year it was due. That has not happened for some time,” she said. “The renewal was done as close to being on time as possible. All the preliminary work that was done by ag organizations throughout the country working with senators and congressmen, as well as the Department of ag, went a long way to bring surety to farmers and ranchers leading into the 2019 farming season.”

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Wed
23
Jan

Natural processes deemed key to restoring soil

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Nationally acclaimed soil scientist and farmer Ray Archuleta spoke to a packed house during the inagural Project Grow field day Dec. 12. 
The event, hosted by the Upper Big Blue NRD, gave the expert a chance to speak to local farmers and other interested parties on how cover crops have the potential to enhance and restore helpful natural processes. 
“I want to talk to you about a new science that’s out there,” Archuleta began. “Biomimicry is the science of the future -- engineers, computer scientists, everyone getting together to work collectively.” 
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Wed
16
Jan

Legacy of Persons, Bar M Herefords, leads to honor

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Rich Person’s involvement in the cattle business started with registered Herefords around 1990, it has since grown -- with the help of passion and dedication. This dedication to cattle, coupled with participation in the York-Hamilton County Cattlemen, has brought Person as well as his son Austin recognition by the group as an Honored Cattlemen.

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Wed
09
Jan

Melvin: ‘Irrigation key to crop managment’

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University of Nebraska Extension Educator Steve Melvin spoke during the Project Grow winter workshop on Dec. 12 in York, where he focused his presentation on the importance of crop irrigation.
“We really have opportunity within our irrigation that other farmers don’t have the advantage of,” Melvin began. “We can make it rain when we want to make it rain.”
He continued, asking why farmers irrigate and then responding with an explanation that it “helps the yields for the most part.”

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Wed
02
Jan

El Nino conditions affect competitor crop countries

Curious listeners sat in on a seminar given by Agricultural Extension Climatologist Al Dutcher during December’s Nebraska Power Farming Show to be educated on just what the phenomenon known as El Nino really is and what it means for Midwestern agriculture.
According to Dutcher, this weather phenomenon could have a large impact on crops, locally and globally, and it all starts with weather patterns popping up in competitor countries.

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Wed
26
Dec

Climatologist versus show attendees on El Nino

With strange weather patterns and a far warmer beginning to winter than most are used to, some answers were provided to the curious during the Nebraska Power Farming Show Dec. 4-6.
Al Dutcher, agricultural Extension climatologist, spoke briefly during a seminar Dec. 5 regarding apparent El Nino conditions and the likelihood of conditions continuing through next spring, or later.

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