Agriculture

Wed
24
Oct
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New livestock hauling regulations in place for emergency stops

BY RITA BRHEL

It doesn’t happen often, but a livestock trailer forced off the road and out of service can have devastating consequences for the animals left inside.

New regulations released by the governor’s office last week elevates animal welfare while allowing livestock haulers to continue following the law.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Mother Nature causes setbacks for 2018 harvest in the county, state

Due to recent rain, harvest season has been quiet throughout the county. Sunday’s snowfall, which amounted to about two inches in some spots, didn’t help the situation, leaving tractors and combines in the fields
and cornstalks covered in moisture.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Soybean yields good despite harvest challenges

By RITA BRHEL

Between stained seed, flat pods, pod shatter and lodging plants, soybean farmers have had enough to worry about this harvest.

Yet despite these obstacles and weather-related worries of trying to get the crop out of the field, this summer’s timely rains appear to have given potential yields enough boost to possibly offset this year’s challenges.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Celebrating national 4-H week

By Brandy VanDeWalle

Nebraska Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October.

This week celebrates the doers of the community who will become the leaders of our nation. 4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders.

 

Wed
26
Sep
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DeWald retires after 40 years as forester

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Scott DeWald has more knowledge about trees caught in his brain than most people will know in their lifetime. Being a forester with more than 40 years of experience does that to a person.

DeWald began his position as an forester at the South Central Research and Extension Center—later renamed the South Central Agriculture Lab—in Clay Center on July 10, 1978. He will officially end his journey on Oct. 1, moving in to retirement.

Working with the rural forestry and community, De- Wald’s responsibilities range from answering community questions on their trees, to enhancing wildlife habitats. He also takes urban inventory of trees to get an idea of currently-planted trees and what planting needs to be done in the future.

 

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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Remembering to stay safe this harvest season

By Brandy VanDeWalle

HARVEST SAFETY

It is hard to believe that harvest is starting and just as a reminder that with harvest comes more traffic on the county roads and other stresses for farmers. It never fails, that equipment can break, there can be delays at the elevator and those extra-long hours can all add extra stress to farmers. That being said, it is important to carefully slow down and realize the many hazards you are being exposed to during harvest.

An Iowa State Extension publication, Harvest Safety Yields Big Dividends, points out that injuries can occur by taking shortcuts to perform routine tasks, not getting enough sleep or regular breaks, or failing to follow safety practices. Some injuries occur when operators are pulled into the intake area of harvesting machines, such as balers, combines, or corn pickers, and many injuries occur from slips or falls around these machines.

 

Wed
12
Sep
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Judy leads Old Trusty tractor drive

Despite the damp conditions, 26 attendees braved the cooler, wet Nebraska weather for the annual tractor drive, Friday, Sept. 7.

Leading this year’s drivers was Larry Judy of Ruskin, with his 1952 Farmall Super M.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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3 states attend Annual Regional Youth Crop Scouting Competition

FUTURE AGRONOMISTS AT WORK

Three states competed at the third Annual Regional Youth Crop Scouting Competition on Aug. 27, at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.

Teams of youth participated by completing six crop scouting exercises in field plots. This educational, hands-on program provided students an opportunity to learn crop scouting and principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for corn and soybeans, obtain knowledge and skills that will be helpful in future careers, and to demonstrate newer crop scouting technologies.

The top two teams from Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana qualified for the competition.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Clay County 4-H State Fair results

FAIRFIELD:

RACHEL BRHEL—Communications and Expressive Arts, Photography Unit II - Smart Phone Candid Capture Display or Exhibit Print, blue; Environmental and Earth Sciences, Entomology - Macrophotography, blue; Plants, Weed Science - Weed Display, purple; Consumer and Family Science, Sketchbook Crossroads - Original Ink Drawing, purple; Consumer and Family Science, Design Decision - Accessory-Original Floral Design, purple; Citizenship and Civic Education, Heritage, Level 1: Beginning - Family Traditions Exhibit, purple; Citizenship and Civic Education, Heritage, Level 1: Beginning - Other Historical Exhibit, purple; Environmental and Earth Sciences, Other Natural Resources - Design Your Own Exhibit in Natural Resources, Conservation or Ecology, purple; Science and Technology, Veterinary Science - Veterinary Science Large Animal Display, red.

 

Wed
22
Aug
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Shaw attends LEAD Conference in Montana

Juniors representing Nebraska at the 2018 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference, Aug. 2-5, in Billings, MT, are from left: Miranda Raithel, Falls City; Rudy Pooch, Tecumseh; Rachel Smith, Osceola; Michaela Clowser, Milford; Sydni Lienemann, Princeton.

 

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