Agriculture

Wed
01
Aug
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NE Extension offers clinic for farmland inheritors

Lincoln—Those who have inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing the asset are encouraged to attend one of several Nebraska Extension programs being offered across the state in August and September.

“I am contacted monthly from citizens who have had their parents pass away, and now they are managing a farm for the first time in their lives,” said Allan Vyhnalek, Nebraska Extension educator and event speaker. “They may have even grown up there, but haven’t been around for 30 or 40 years and need to understand that farming practices and management concepts have changed.”

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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The soaking of Clay County fields

A dirt access road nestled between bean fields is watered by a pivot Monday afternoon south of Sutton on County Road 314. Temperatures reached 90 degrees Monday.

 

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Wed
18
Jul
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4-H’ers compete in Round Robin Showmanship at Clay Co. Fair

The annual Round Robin Showmanship event was hosted Saturday, July 14, at the Clay County Fair, which featured eight 4-H’ers competing. Those pictured are, back row from left: Camden Humphrey, Connor Crumbliss, Garrett Nuss and Joseph Hinrichs.

 

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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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