Agriculture

Wed
11
Jul
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Sindelar joins Clay County Extension staff

2001 Lincoln High School graduate to serve as Extension Educator working in all areas of cropping

BY TORY DUNCAN

Childhood experiences on his father’s family farm led Michael Sindelar to the world of Extension education, according to Sindelar, a 2001 graduate of Lincoln High School.

“My father’s family farm is what eventually led me to the field that I’m in,” Sindelar said. “I was born and raised in Lincoln, but my exposure to the family farm that my father grew up on gave me the direction that I eventually came to.”

Sindelar, after a five-year stint in the United States Navy from 2005 to 2010, graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while this past May, Sindelar earned his master’s degree in Agronomy, also from UNL.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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Final results released from 2018 Nebraska farm real estate survey

Lincoln—Final results from the 2018 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey show a fourth consecutive year of declining Nebraska agricultural land values.

The statewide average value dropped 4 percent to $2,720 per acre. This is an 18 percent reduction since land values peaked in 2014.

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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Flooding issues created with Saturday night storms

Flooding, along with heavy wind damage, affected many corn and soybean fields in Clay County after two rounds of storms raced across Clay County early Saturday evening and again late Saturday evening into the early morning hours of Sunday. This field, located just south of roads 307 and V shows standing water in a field of corn.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Clay Co. youth participate in district horse show

LEFT: Riley Kroger, Sr. Western Pleasure Horses, 15 & Up, blue; and Sr. Western Horsemanship, 15 & Up, blue. RIGHT: Tymerie Steinhauer, Sr. Pole Bending, 15 & Up, purple; and Sr. Barrel Racing, 15 & Up, purple.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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Staying aware of mosquitoes

CROP WATER USE

The ETgage I check outside of Geneva changed 2.2 inches for the week of June 9-14. Corn approaching V-8 would have used 1.12 inches/ week or .16 inches per day. For more information about ETgages and Watermark sensors, check out the NAWMN website https://nawmn.unl.edu/.

MOSQUITOES

Mosquitoes are a huge irritation in the summer months and are a type of insect that is in the same order as flies, which means they are closely related to flies and gnats, which all tend to bother us. They are also vectors of many different diseases.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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VanDeWalle talks grazing summer annuals, crop water useage

CROP WATER USE

The ETgage I check outside of Geneva changed 1.9 inches for the week of June 1-8. Corn approaching V-6 would have used .67 inches/week or .10 inches per day. Fortunately, we received about 0.90 inches of rain in this location as well. For more information about ETgages and Watermark sensors, check out the NAWMN website https://nawmn.unl.edu/.

GRAZING SUMMER ANNUALS

Recently, my husband and I added fencing for my daughter’s 4-H second year bucket calves and hope she can eventually expand to a small cattle herd someday.

 

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Wed
06
Jun
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Additional moisture gives crops county wide needed boost

Many areas of Clay County reported in excess of 1 inch of rainfall late last week, with a much needed dose of moisture to help the early growing season. Here, a field located just south of Highway 41 in central Clay County shows pooled up rainfall at the row end, following a couple of rain events late last week, into the early weekend. With the rain also came much cooler temperatures through last weekend. Storm chances run high this week as temperatures possibly will rise into the high 80s and low 90s through this coming weekend.

 

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Wed
30
May
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Teaching youth to stay safe on the farm

That, “no child would become ill, injured or die from farm, ranch and rural activities,” is the vision for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation governs and secures funding solely to educate youth and families on ways to make farm, ranch and rural life safer for children and their families.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Strong winds blow over county May 18

A string of storms crossed Clay County and the surrounding areas Friday, May 18, bringing with it wind speeds up to 41 mph and wind gusts up to 51 mph, coming from the east. Here, a twisted pivot lays on the ground north of County Road 319.

 

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Wed
16
May
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Blueprint Nebraska unveiled by statewide leaders

LINCOLN–On May 11, leaders in Nebraska business, agriculture, government and higher education launched “Blueprint Nebraska,” a citizen- led, statewide economic development initiative. The effort seeks to establish a comprehensive and pro-active plan to stimulate the state’s economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity, while building on its many strengths.

Lance Fritz, the chairman, president and CEO of Union Pacific Corp. in Omaha, and Owen Palm, the president and CEO of 21st Century Holdings in Scottsbluff, are co-chairs of Blueprint Nebraska. Joining them at today’s announcement were Governor Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, and representatives of the chamber of commerce community.

 

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