Agriculture

Wed
21
Aug
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Additional flood assistance may be available for Nebraskans

LINCOLN—At the request of Governor Pete Ricketts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the incident period in which disaster-caused damaged may be covered.

The presidential disaster declaration, issued March 21, originally covered the period from March 9 to April 1.

With the extension, additional uninsured damage sustained through July 14 may now be eligible for FEMA assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans.

 

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Wed
21
Aug
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Fall lawn care reminders

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VIEWS FROM VANDEWALLE

The kids are back in school, the first Husker football game will start in a couple of weeks–it is officially fall! During this time of year, it is an ideal time to seed the cool season turfgrasses tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. For all of you horticulture enthusiasts, be sure to follow Nicole Stoner, extension educator focused in horticulture’s blog at plantsandpests.wordpress.com, or go to Nebraska Extension’s Hort Update newsletter at hortupdate.unl.edu.

This week I took some of the lawn tips from the Aug. 19 edition of Hort Update on site preparation for lawn seeding or over seeding. For success, seedbed preparation is important to assure seed to soil contact.

 

Wed
14
Aug
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Fertilizer Award led to nat. speaking engagement for Deweese farmer

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Brian Herbek received the Fertilizer Award, which eventually led him to being a national speaker. Standing with him is his wife, Blythe,.

Earlier this month, Brian Herbek did something he never dreamed he would do—stood up in front of a room of people from across the nation to share lessons learned in his 20-plus years of farming.

“He did great,” said his wife, Blythe, near the picture window of their home that they share with their two young sons south of Deweese.

Overlooking the rolling hills near Walnut Creek, where not another house can be seen for miles around, the view out of their living room is a far cry from the busyness of Peoria, IL, where the couple spent early August taking part in the National Strip-Tillage Conference.

Approximately 600 people attended the two-day event, which included Herbek’s breakout session entitled “Crunching the Numbers on Nutrient Efficiency in Strip-Till.” Blythe described how farmers were so engaged in her husband’s presentation that many were resistant about moving onto lunch.

 

Wed
24
Jul
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NEBRASKA PLANTING PROGRESS

By Rita Brhel

Here is the latest data from the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, as of July

21. This past week, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

CORN

So far, 40 percent of corn has silked, well behind last year’s 80 percent at this time and the five-year average of 70 percent. Corn condition rates at 77 percent good to excellent, 18 percent fair, and 5 percent poor.

 

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Wed
24
Jul
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County ag sales contribute to top U.S. district

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Nebraska’s Third Congressional District covers 65,000 square miles of the state.

Nebraska’s Third Congressional District—covering 65,000 square miles of the state—ranks number-one nationally in terms of economic impact from agriculture.

This is according to data released recently from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Washington, D.C.

Clay County sits among the 68 of Nebraska’s 93 counties to be included in the Third Congressional District, which stretches from the state’s northern, western, and southern borders to just short of the Lincoln, Norfolk, and Omaha metropolitan areas.

 

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Wed
10
Jul
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NE Grazing Conference is Aug. 12-14 in Kearney

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LINCOLN—Beginning and experienced graziers, land managers, policy makers, and those concerned with the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands are encouraged to register for the 19th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference Aug. 12-14, at the Ramada by Wyndham, 301 2nd Ave., Kearney. The conference is hosted by the Center for Grassland Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“The information delivered by our speakers this year has a two-fold purpose,” Daren Redfearn, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and chair of the conference steering committee said. “Our goals are to build on enhancing traditional grazing lands management practices, and provide insight on implementation of practices that support the stewardship of grasslands and grazing lands resources throughout Nebraska and the Great Plains.”

Wed
26
Jun
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USDA offers producers options to re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts

WASHINGTON–Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a oneyear contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to Aug. 23.

“Agricultural producers with expiring CRP contracts have set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health for at least a decade,” U.S. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey, said. “We want to make sure they–and their neighbors who may not have a CRP contract–know they have opportunities within CRP to continue their valuable contribution to our country’s conservation successes.”

 

Wed
26
Jun
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NE FSA extends prevented plant reporting deadline to July 15

LINCOLN–The U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska is extending the deadline for producers in the state to report their spring prevented plant crop acres to the agency.

FSA State Executive Director Nancy Johner today announced Nebraska producers now have until July 15 to report to FSA acres they intended to plant to crops this spring but could not do so because of the difficult weather conditions. This new deadline coincides with the July 15, FSA acreage certification deadline that is already in place.

“In many areas of the state, flooding and persistent wet weather have made it challenging for producers to get into their fields for planting,” Johner said. “Producers need to report prevented plant acres to FSA to retain eligibility for FSA program benefits. This extension provides them some flexibility to meet that reporting requirement.”

 

Wed
19
Jun
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Clay Co. home to world-class Veterinary Education Institution

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dr. Dale Grotelueschen, GPVEC’s director and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, commented on GPVEC as a “unique program with its focus on food animals.”The building was officially dedicated in 1990.

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

This lab features a life-size model of a cow to give the opportunity to practice with animal models before live animals.

It’s so prestigious that college students from across the nation vie for their chance to study here.

Located between Clay Center and Glenvil, on the western edge of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center campus, the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) is the only one of its kind in the world.

“It is a unique program with its focus on food animals, especially beef cattle,” Dr. Dale Grotelueschen, GPVEC’s director and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, said.

 

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Wed
12
Jun
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4-Hers learn about native bee conservation

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Libby VonSpreckelsen, left, and her sister, Lexi, participate in a roadmap pollinator habitat activity.

Nebraska’s native bees demand respect and not just for their stingers.

“Native bees are very important pollinators,” Maddie Kamler, a high school sophomore and beekeeper near Shickleysaid. “Native bees actually pollinate most of the plants in Nebraska.”

A Fillmore County 4-H member, Kamler led a 4-H workshop on June 4 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center, with the goal of inspiring native bee conservation in Clay County.

WHY THEY MATTER

Turns out, those pesky sweat bees of late summer have a higher purpose in life.

They, along with four other types of native bees—bumblebees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, and squash bees—are responsible for pollinating many of the ornamental and vegetable gardens, orchards, and wildflowers, as well as some crops such as soybeans and alfalfa.

 

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