Ag Life

Wed
13
Jun

Curt Friesen takes pride, joy in life as a farmer

State legislators may not always seem like it, but beyond the suits and ties and long days at the capitol building they are ordinary people with ordinary lives.
Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen is no exception and spends his days off from Lincoln at his farm near Henderson where he grew up. He has been farming since 1976 and currently grows irrigated corn and soybeans.

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Wed
06
Jun

Anderson honored for commitment to students, community

Aurora FFA advisor Dana Anderson is the most recent recipient of the Gary Scarf Helping Hand Award, which was awarded during the Nebraska State FFA Convention in April. Each year, the Nebraska FFA Foundation honors an FFA advisor who has gone above and beyond to help others in the school and community, outside of agricultural education and FFA.

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Wed
30
May

Areas south of I-80 in for a dry spell that could extend north

As the crops around the county emerge, soil moisture is on most farmers’ minds and with that comes the constant watch that they keep on the weather. While areas of central and northern Hamilton County have been seeing plenty of moisture with the last couple rain events, the areas south of the interstate have not been seeing that moisture.
“Right now the major concern is that the area south of Interstate 80 has been missing out on many of these precipitation events that seem to be inundating much of central and eastern Nebraska and you can take that all the way back to the Panhandle,” said Al Dutcher, associate Nebraska state climatologist.

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Wed
23
May

Emergence imperative as crops begin to sprout

As fields around the county begin to green up, emergence is something that farmers must really keep an eye on to protect yields come fall.
“Most of the crop is probably planted now. Last Monday’s report from USDA NASS suggested 72 percent of the corn was in, which is pretty close to last year, with soybeans we are ahead of normal,” said Roger Elmore, Extension cropping systems agronomist.

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Wed
16
May

Carrying on the family tradition

May is beef month, but for area producers like James, Shane, Grant and Alex Dose, every month is beef month.
Dose Farms has been in the family for four generations now, and passing the tradition on cattle feeding down through the family is a source of pride for the Doses.
“It’s a pride thing,” Shane said. “You come to work and you’re proud of what you have done and what your future holds. There is good and bad with working with relatives, but a lot more good than bad.”

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Wed
09
May

Hamilton County gains two new Extension Educators

Nebraska Extension provides a variety of services to counties all across Nebraska. They provide services to the agricultural community as well as expertise in sectors as diverse as nutrition, healthcare and technology.
Extension impacts youth, families, farms and ranches, communities and economy. One phrase that Nebraska Extension says seems most appropriate for their vision is “The future is what we choose to make it.” In addition, their motto is “Helping Nebraskans enhance their lives through research-based education.”

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Wed
02
May

Two Aurora FFA teams compete at top of class

The FFA organization is well known for placing emphasis on teaching skills with real-world application. There are scores of competitions for FFA members to choose from ranging from speaking events to livestock judging to environmental events and everything in-between. The Aurora FFA envirothon and land judging teams displayed their aptitude recently at the state competition and the Envirothon team qualified for the national competition in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Wed
25
Apr

Early soybean planting dates proven to increase yield

Research looking into the possibility of earlier soybean planting dates back to 2003 and 2004 when Jim Spect, emeritus professor of agronomy at UNL, began looking into the topic. Get the details in this week's Ag Life section.

 

Wed
18
Apr

Continuing cold weather puts damper on planting

Spring may be here, but winter is still lingering -- leaving farmers idle but anxious to get in the fields. The recent forecast for another April snowstorm and the varying soil temperatures has put a hold on the usually spring bustle.
UNL Extension Educator Jenny Rees talks about the importance of waiting for the correct conditions before planting.
“When seeds -- whether it’s corn or soybeans -- are placed in the ground and we end up with soil temperatures in the low 40s, and cold, wet conditions afterwards, it can kill the embryo or affect germination making for a weakened and sometimes malformed seedling,” Rees said.

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Wed
11
Apr

Bish Enterprises puts efforts into crop on the horizon

Every year, producers in Hamilton County and the rest of Nebraska watch as corn, soybean and other grain prices fluctuate leaving those farmers constantly unsure where their profits will land. Yet, a potential solution is on the horizon and Giltner’s Bish Enterprises is producing farm equipment made specifically for this possibly new money-making crop -- even though it’s currently illegal to commercially harvest in the state of Nebraska.That potential crop is hemp. See this week's print or e-edition for complete story.

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