Ag Life

Wed
13
Feb

Willis grows Diamond J

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

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.

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

 

Wed
30
Jan

Farm bill dubbed a positive for Hamilton County

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.”

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

 

Wed
23
Jan

Natural processes deemed key to restoring soil

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.” 
To read the full story, please see this week's print or e-edition. 

Wed
16
Jan

Legacy of Persons, Bar M Herefords, leads to honor

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.

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

 

Wed
09
Jan

Melvin: ‘Irrigation key to crop managment’

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.”

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

Wed
12
Dec

Farmers hear uncertainty surrounding farm bill

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.

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

Wed
05
Dec

Late season rains, snow, draw out last of havest

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.

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

 

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