Ag Life

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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Wed
12
Dec

Farmers hear uncertainty surrounding farm bill

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The fate of a pending farm bill is a moving target these days in Washington, raising more questions than answers throughout the ag community.
Two weeks ago at the Kearney Gateway Farm Expo, Brad Lubben, Extension associate professor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spoke about current farm bill negotiations.
“If I look ahead and we talk about farm bill issues and the development under the current farm bill the headline this morning was, ‘We could get this done today,”’ he began.

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Wed
05
Dec

Late season rains, snow, draw out last of havest

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Harvest in Hamilton County is as close to complete as it gets, which took a lot longer than originally intended because of fall rains and early snow. Despite setbacks and damage done to yields, experts point to a successful season.
“Harvest is 98 percent done,” said Chad Carlson of the Aurora Cooperative. “There are a few fields out there that are left, but not much.”
According to Carlson, the delay was caused by late-season moisture. He also reported this was one of the longer harvests he remembers.

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Wed
28
Nov

Trade, tariffs, talk with farmers at Kearney ag expo

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Director of the new Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jill O’Donnell, spoke during the 2018 Gateway Farm Expo in Kearney on Nov. 15 on the topics of international tariffs and trade.
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Wed
21
Nov

Fagan adds friendly face to irrigation service game

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Corbin Fagan prides himself on offering a wide array of services in a local setting, with fast and reliable service. The relatively recent college grad seems a jack of all trades when it comes to his business -- Fagan Irrigation -- including the most recent addition to his list, being a T-L sales representative.
When asked about his business, he stated that he wouldn’t exactly call it new, as he has been working with pivots and irrigation in some way for quite some time.

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Wed
14
Nov

Helzer gets up close and personal with nature

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Since Jan. 30, Chris Helzer has made 44 visits totaling 22 hours and 19 minutes to a one-meter square parcel of ground that feels more like his own little world. Located in Lincoln Creek Prairie next to the Aurora Adopt-a-pet, the spot was specifically chosen to demonstrate how public prairies are much more then fields with tall grass. To read more about Helzer's project, see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Wed
07
Nov

Hamilton Telecommunications brings fiber to the farm

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What started out as a fiber-to-the-home initiative has now spread to rural locations to become what some are calling “fiber-to-the-farm.”
Hamilton Telecommunications announced last year that it was beginning a project to expand its fiber network to provide broadband service to all of its subscribers, including rural customers. That dream is now becoming a reality for several area farmers who consider themselves on the cutting edge of technology.

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Wed
31
Oct

Work with Kountry Kids Pumpkins pays off for Bonifas

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Aurora native Grant Bonifas is well known in Hamilton County for having a hand in the business he shares with his siblings, Morgan and Blaine. Though now much older than he was when Kountry Kids Pumpkins started up in 2009, the oldest of the three Bonifas children is still gaining useful skills and knowledge from this venture.
On top of enjoying weekends interacting with the community and his family, Bonifas’ experience with selling pumpkins has also led to two recent recognitions during April’s state FFA convention.

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