Ag Life

Wed
28
Feb

Irrigation scheduling saves water, money

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It is important for farmers to get water on crops at the right time throughout the growing season, and Steve Melvin, irrigated cropping systems Extension educator, discussed just that at the Hamilton County Ag Day with a presentation about irrigation scheduling.
“The past two Junes have brought high temperatures and limited rains to much of Nebraska, causing some farmers to question whether they should start irrigating corn during the vegetative growth stage,” Melvin said.

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Wed
21
Feb

Aurora Cooperative expands State Fair partnership

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The Aurora Cooperative expanded its relationship with the Nebraska State Fair this week by announcing a new partnership that includes renaming the swine barn and swine arena to Aurora Cooperative Pavilion.
Representatives with the Aurora-based company, the State Fair and Fonner Park applauded the new arrangement during a press conference Feb. 14.

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Wed
21
Feb

Carlson continues High Plains FFA tradition

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High school programs are always in an ever-changing mindset to evolve and improve upon the previous year’s achievements. For High Plains the group that has been at the forefront of doing just that is their FFA program, which is headed this year by president Alyse Carlson.
“Since my freshman year I felt that it was something I wanted to achieve,” Carlson said about her initial reasons for wanting to serve as FFA president her senior year.

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Wed
21
Feb

Hettle thrives in leadership role for Hampton FFA

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It doesn’t take very long for Hampton FFA President Dalton Hettle to get that outdoor itch, especially now in the middle stages of February. He always prefers being outside doing something, sun-up to sundown, and maybe even longer.
“I’m not one to sit around, by any means,” he described. “I would rather be out working from when the sun comes up to when it goes down, and work after that. I’m sort of as a workaholic, in a way.”

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Wed
14
Feb

Miller stands by organic principles, practices

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Local farmer Ray Miller began transitioning into organic farming in 1999, and hasn’t looked back since. On Jan. 31, he spoke to members of the Aurora Rotary Club about what organic means, and why he made the switch.
Miller was raised near Philadelphia and met Sheila Kremer in college. After living in Minnesota for several years, they moved back and Miller began working with Sheila’s dad, Bob Kremer.
“I appreciated him in so many different ways,” Miller said.

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Wed
07
Feb

Prescribed burns: a necessity for prairie preservation

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With the first month of 2018 passing by, it’s already time for conservation efforts to begin across the state and specifically around Hamilton County at Gjerloff Prairie and Sherman Ranch.
“In the prairie region the native grasslands have developed with eons of grazing and fire,” said Prairie Plains Resource Institute Executive Director Bill Whitney. “It’s a very important management tool in taking care of grasslands. It keeps them healthy and it’s just important.”

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Wed
31
Jan

Nitrogen management a concern in Hamilton County

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The management of groundwater in Hamilton County is a priority that spans every day of the year, highlighting a concern of nitrates polluting the system.
Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District water resources technician Erinn Richert is one of the team members assigned to implementing and managing water conservation programs, which includes nitrate level management.

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Wed
24
Jan

Danielson honored for lifetime of raising Herefords

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Deryl Danielson has done more than just work hard during his 70 years of raising cattle -- he has created a foundation for his family’s fourth generation of the farm, allowing them to begin their journey following his footsteps. His success story is key to his being named the 2017 Cattleman of the Year by the members of the York-Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Association.
“It’s an honor for him to be recognized,” said wife Delores.

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Wed
17
Jan

Chemigation class focuses on good safety practices

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UNL Extension educator Steve Melvin spoke to a crowd of producers and industry employees during the York Ag Expo Jan. 10 about the safety precautions and concerns regarding chemigation. The class is among the qualifications needed to become an official applicator and is a partner effort with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ). It also also required through the Nebraska Chemigation Act.

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Wed
10
Jan

TB scare in northern Nebraska reiterates importance of prevention

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The discovery of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) positive cow in a beef cattle herd in Wheeler County Dec. 22 brought out the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians, getting the attention of cattle producers even here in Hamilton County.
The Nebraska herd was identified through an epidemiological investigation from an infected South Dakota herd.

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