Agriculture

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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Wed
15
Aug
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Nebraska corn, soybean, other crops to set record highs

USDA NASS Based on Aug. 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 corn production is forecast at 1.83 billion bushels, up 9 percent from last year's production, according to an Aug. 10 report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.35 million acres, up 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 196 bushels per acre, up 15 bushels from last year. Both yield and production are new record highs if realized. Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are expected to average 178.4 bushels per acre, up 1.8 bushels from 2017.

 

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Wed
08
Aug
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Land Management for 2020, beyond

Providing the latest information to operators, tenants, and land owners is the goal of a workshop titled “Land Management for 2020 and Beyond.”

This outreach program will be in Hastings at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 915 S. Baltimore Ave. at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

Nebraska Extension Educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek are teaming up to provide this three-hour educational experience

 

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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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