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Post Rock plans Farm and Ranch transition conference in 4 locations

The Central Kansas, Phillips-Rooks, Post Rock and River Valley extension districts will be hosting conferences this August aimed to help farmers and ranchers plan the transition of their farm. According to the 2016 Family Business Survey by the...

 

2023 Midwest Corn Harvest off to early start

Corn harvest usually starts in southcentral Nebraska in October, or maybe November depending on how the year's weather went. However, here the first part of August the sight of corn fields looking lik...

 

South Central Ag Lab Field Day is Tuesday

The public is invited to the University of Nebraska­-Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) field day on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The field day includes topics focusing on improved crop production and profitability. The event is designed...

 

Organic Transition AcademyAug. 18-19 

A new training to help producers explore the transition and economics of certified organic production is set for Aug. 18 to 19, in Aurora, Nebraska, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, and the National Ce...

 

Plows work in the field near Jewell

Friday was a great day for the 2023 edition of Jewell County Plow Day. Joe Eilert, organizer, was glad to see the plows, tractors and operators that kept showing up all morning. At one time there...

 

Drought evident in rural Nebraska

A description often given, many times in jest. However, at times, like 2023, it is true. Average rainfall for south central Nebraska is about 22 to 24 inches of rain . . . in good years. 2023 is shaping up to be not quite as good. Reports from the Li...

 

Farm Service Agency committee elections

The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. The county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of...

 

Post Rock Extension District "Recorded" Wheat Plot Tour

The combines and farm trucks are rolling in the wheat fields of North Central Kansas. The 2023 wheat crop has been through a variety of conditions during the growing season. Here is an update on Post...

 

USDA accepts more than 1 million acres

Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting more than 1 million acres in this year’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup. This is one of several signups that USDA’s Farm Service...

 

Ground Water levels continue to drop

The Little Blue Natural Resources District (LBNRD) distributes a newsletter quarterly to all residents in the district. The Spring 2023 issue just came out and it contained some interesting information. The first page of the publication gave informat...

 

New building going up at fairgrounds

A barn is under construction at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds. It will used to house the fair's poultry and rabbits exhibits. It will also be used for the poultry and rabbit show. The location of...

 

Tasty Tomatoes Post Rock Extension Program

Post Rock Extension is hosting an evening to learn all about tomatoes. Discussion will be how to get the most success out of summer garden tomatoes. Cassie Thiessen, horticulture agent, will provide resources for growing the perfect tomatoes. Jamie...

 

Annual Post Rock Extension District Wheat Tour with 2 stops

The 2023 Post Rock Extension District Wheat Plot Tours will be Wednesday, to view more than 25 varieties in each of the wheat plots with two stops according to Sandra L. Wick,, Post Rock District crop production agent. Unfortunately, like all...

 

Reinke increases investment in CropX

Reinke Manufacturing Co., is participating in a $30 million Series C financing round for CropX Technologies. The investment will be used to continue developing the CropX agronomic farm management system. By combining farm data, real-time conditions,...

 

Wheat may be at tail end of its nine lives

Is our wheat condition because of drought, fertility or disease concerns or all the above? Well, the old myth, “Wheat has nine lives!” may be on the tail-end, as some of our wheat fields may be destroyed or simply left and not taken for grain!...

 

Nebraska land values rise 14 percent last year

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska increased by 14 percent over the prior year, to an average of $3,835 per acre, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2023 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey preliminary report....

 

Spring weather carries high stakes for farmers

Kansas Farm Bureau Perhaps the biggest pastime in spring is watching the weather. I could be just searching for a nice Saturday to visit a park or checking to see if I need to carry an umbrella to the office. For farmers and ranchers, however,...

 

Rempe Farms: The future of the cattle industry

Sam Rempe was born into the cattle industry, helping his dad out much like his own little boy is starting to do now. Rempe Farms sells bulls and heifers, along with embryos that are shipped all over...

 

4-H members shine at Post Rock District 4-H Days

4-H members tested their talents and communications skills in front of audiences at Post Rock District 4-H Day events in Beloit and Osborne. Ninety-six youth practiced public speaking, presentation,...

 

Late winter rain greatly appreciated

While some parts of the country didn’t fare so well, Nuckolls County received a great-late winter rain late Sunday and early Monday. Co-CoRaHS reports from around Nuckolls County include 0.49 one and a half miles north of Nora, 0.53 near Lawrence,...

 

Conservation district holds awards banquet

Sherry Koster, district manager, of Jewell welcomed more than 60 adults and 20 children to the Jewell County Conservation District's Annual Meeting held Wednesday evening, Feb. 22. A Power Point...

 

2022 Census of Agriculture Survey deadline nears

USDA recently mailed its 2022 Census of Agriculture to all known agriculture producers across the nation and Puerto Rico. Producers have the option to respond securely and conveniently online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. The deadline for a...

 

Irrigation District planning diversion dam near Superior

A letter distributed this week to irrigators served by the Superior Canal reported the Bostwick Irrigation District in Nebraska is now considering the construction of a Republican River Diversion Dam and pumping station to be located south of the Aur...

 

Bayer Fund and Jewell Farmers team up to direct donations

Jewell County farmer, the late Roger Underwood, directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Jewell County Helping Hands Ministries. They will use the funds to help feed the residents of Jewell County. “We want to t...

 

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service to Conduct Hemp Survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) sent the 2022 Hemp Production and Disposition Inquiry to Nebraska producers on Jan. 19. Like the 2021 questionnaire, this year’s survey will collect information on the total planted and...

 

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