Agriculture

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07
Dec
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Ag Secretary Vilsack speaks on farm income forecast for 2016

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement today on the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2016, released by USDA’s Economic Research Service. “Today’s forecast continues to show that the health of the overall farm economy is strong in the face of challenging markets. After reaching record highs in 2012-2014, net farm income declined in 2015, and is forecast to decline in 2016, but the bigger picture shows that farm income over the last five-year period reflects the highest average five-year period on record. The comprehensive farm safety net provided by the 2014 Farm Bill will continue to help America’s farmers and ranchers respond to market conditions and provide financial stability for producers. Farm Bill program payments are forecast to increase over 19 percent to $12.9 billion in 2016, primarily through Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments. 

 

Wed
30
Nov
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Upper Big Blue NRD hosting CROP-TIP field day Dec. 14

Cornerstone Bank and the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will be sponsoring the “13th Annual CROP-TIP Field Day” on December 14, 2016, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Holthus Convention Center (York). The public is invited to attend this free event. The following speakers are featured and will cover these topics: Keith Berns, Producer/ Researcher (Bladen, NE): “Cover Crops: What’s the Big Deal?” Michelle Rook, Farm Director-WNAX Radio (Yankton, SD): “Commodity Prices: Review 2016-Preview 2017.”

 

Wed
23
Nov
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Rees recognized by NE Agribusiness Club

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Lincoln, NE—Three Nebraskans were honored for their service and dedication to agriculture at the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s 50th annual awards banquet November 3rd at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. The 2016 honorees for Public Service to Agriculture are Dr. Jim Specht of Lincoln and Victor Bohuslavsky of Brainard. The club also recognized Jenny Rees of Clay Center as the New Horizon Award honoree.

 

Wed
16
Nov
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A group of those that came out to help

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A group of those that came out to help with the harvest bee gather for a lunch just north of Sutton during Tuesday’s event that took place near Sutton and Grafton.

 

 

Wed
09
Nov
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Rees shares thoughts on residue management

By Jenny Rees

 

Grazing Corn Residue: With harvest completed or rapidly nearing completion, some may be interested in residue management. Grazing can remove corn kernels lost during the harvest process, reducing volunteer corn for the following year and reduces residue while benefiting cattle as livestock feed. However, many stalks in Nebraska are left ungrazed for various reasons. One reason I’ve heard is the potential impact of increased compaction and reduced yield of the next crop. Nebraska Extension has longterm research addressing this concern…in fact, 16 years of research conducted at the Ag Research and Development Center near Mead.

 

Wed
02
Nov
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Phragmites: The beautiful noxious weed

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Phragmites are tall plants that display a purple-silver colored head and sprout from thick, green stems. Although beautiful to look at, phragmites are actually listed as a noxiious weed and are harmful to the ecosystems they grow near.

 

Wed
26
Oct
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Crop Insurance Workshop to Focus on Risk Management Strategies

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Ag professionals, including growers and ranchers, who wish to enhance their knowledge of risk management and their ability to design an appropriate risk management plan, are encouraged to register for a Nov. 9 crop insurance workshop. It will be hosted by Nebraska Extension at the Heartland Events Center, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd., Grand Island. This year’s workshop will focus on farm survival, outlook and risk management strategies. Topics discussed during the workshop include where to consider cutting costs, whole-farm crop insurance, current crop insurance policy issues and a market outlook provided by Jeff Stolle of the Nebraska Cattlemen and Cory Walters of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
 
Wed
19
Oct
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Wide array of crop conditions affecting yield performances

By Jenny Rees

Wed
12
Oct
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Fun at Country Harvest Pumpkin

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Groups of kids and their parents covered the grounds at the Country Harvest Pumpkin near Glenvil Saturday, jumping on large bounce areas, into hay and sliding in corn, such as shown here. The pumpkin patch also offers pumpkin ice cream, a haunted maze and fun for all ages. 

 

Wed
05
Oct
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Making yield monitor checklist; field days continue statewide

By JENNY’S  REESOURCES

 

Yield Monitors: Harvest is rapidly progressing! Dr. Joe Luck wrote an article in this week’s CropWatch regarding making sure your yield monitor is collecting accurate information. Here are a few pointers he shares: “The first item on the yearly checklist should be verifying that firmware is upto- date on the in-cab monitor and your GPS system. This may require a check with your dealership or a visit to the company website. System software needs to be checked every year to make sure you’re running a current version.  

 

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