Agriculture

Wed
13
Dec
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Competition allows ag producers to try new technologies, methods

HALEY APEL - IANR MEDIA Lincoln—A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln-led partnership is helping agricultural producers explore emerging technologies and identify ways to strengthen profitability without increasing risk during the growing season.

Organized by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions farm management competition involved managing center pivot-irrigated corn. Seventeen producers squared off against university scientists and two student groups in three categories: most profitable farm, highest input use efficiency and greatest grain yield.

Wed
22
Nov
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Cow-calf management with limited pasture

In a joint effort, Kansas and Nebraska Extension are hosting a three-meeting series to address some possible options to help maintain cattle inventory with limited perennial pastures. Topics at these meeting will include confined cow feeding and management, usage of corn residue, cover crops and annual forages systems. All of the programs will start at 6:30 p.m. and the ones for us will be on Dec. 12 at the Helvering Center in Marysville, KS. Please RSVP to Anastasia Johnson at anastasia@ ksu.edu or 785-562-3531. The second meeting will be Dec. 13 at the Blue Hill Community Center in Blue Hill. To attend, please RSVP to Brad Schick, brad.schick@unl.edu or 402-746-3417.

Dinner will be provided and there is no cost to attend; however, please RSVP to the respective contacts by Dec. 8 for an accurate meal count. Speakers for the event include extension specialists from Kansas State University and University of Nebraska.

 

Wed
15
Nov
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Livestock Record Book Awards

Livestock Record Book Awards: Nick Slater, Poultry; Rachel Brhel, Meat Goat and Poultry; Jason Brockman, Beef and Sheep; Emily Brhel, Meat Goat and Rabbit; Megan Fehr, Beef; Owen Smiley, Sheep and Meat Goat; Laurel Moore, Beef and Swine; Katelyn Pohlmeier, Beef; and Nathan Griess, Beef and Swine.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Cornstalk grazing tips, options with excessive amounts of grain in the field

Excessive grain left in the field due to downed corn and ear drop is leaving producers with questions regarding grazing cornstalks. This is an issue that needs to be addressed accurately and timely in order to have success in the coming months.

An eight-inch ear of corn contains about 0.50 lb equivalent of shelled corn grain; therefore, 112 eight-inch ears would equal 1 bushel (1 bushel = 56 pounds). By counting the number of ears, the amount of corn can be estimated. If corn is planted in 30-inch rows, count the total number of ears in three different 100-foot furrow strips and divide by two to give an approximate number of bushels per acre. See table below.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Sutton, Sandy Creek attend National FFA

More than 65,000 FFA members and guests attended this year’s National FFA convention. Attendees participated in leadership workshops, tours, and motivational sessions.

They were able to hear from keynote speakers Laila Ali, Mike Ebling, Job Setz, and Sonny Purdue (United States Secretary of Agriculture).

During the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this past week, Sandy Creek’s Ag Communications team placed 20th in the nation, out of 42 teams.

 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Fall harvest swings full speed ahead

After a stretch of torrential down pours at the start of harvest, in early October, area row crop producers have been going full bore ahead in an effort to wrap up soybean harvest and put a good dent in the corn harvest for 2017.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Deadline to apply for NRCS funds approaching

LINCOLN, NE, Oct. 12, 2017 – Farmers and ranchers interested in preventing erosion, improving soil health, conserving water and wildlife, or making any other natural resource conservation improvements to their property are encouraged to apply now for funding available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in receiving funding should sign up before Nov. 17.

According to Myron Taylor, Acting State Conservationist for NRCS in Nebraska, there are several options available to producers.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Tower Garden on display at SPS

As part of the Revision Grant, the Sutton Public School agriculture program was able to purchase a Tower Garden.

The garden is a six-foot, white tower complete with bright side lights and sits on wheels for easy mobility. Running through the tower is a water system, which is set on a timer throughout the day.

Agriculture teacher Jesse Bower said right now they will only be growing lettuce, but as soon as they buy two more Tower Gardens, they’ll be grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables.

Students will harvest the tower and the food will be used in their lunch. 

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Harvest season in full swing throughout county

Driving through the highway and county roads it’s easy to see that harvest has officially begun, as tractors, combines, and semis have taken to the thousands of acres of land throughout Clay County.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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Keep the bugs out this winter

FALL PESTS This time of year, we often receive questions on a variety of pests, especially “bugs” entering homes or around the house. Extension horticulturist, Elizabeth Killinger provides great information on how to prepare your house to keep these invaders from living in your house.

Some of the more common nuisance pests include occasional invaders like boxelder bugs, multicolored Asian Lady Beetles, millipedes, and crickets. These pests don’t do any harm once inside the home; they are just looking for a cozy place to spend the winter.

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