• Curt Arens

    Making Every Farm Input Count

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 26, 2012

        I hear it around town all the time. Farmers are making big money. Farmers are really doing well. Of course, for a small farm town, that’s good news, because when farmers have money, they spend it. They pay down debt, buy machinery, take their families out for local entertainment and build up their farmsteads and operations. Farmers and ranchers keep many rural towns moving. In an interview about irrigation efficiency, one farmer told me the other day that many folks…

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    Adding Legumes to Grazing Land is a No-Brainer

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 19, 2012

    With the warm weather we’ve experienced in recent days, it seems only natural to talk about grazing lands. But I have to remind myself that it is still March. I guess, as the eerie, warm weather persists, we might as well enjoy it and make plans for improving our pastures going into the next grazing season. Around our place, one of the easiest, simplest and cheapest things we’ve done to improve our pastures has been adding red clover or alfalfa to the grazing mixture, even with…

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    Making Milk the Beverage of Choice

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 13, 2012

    Today I had the great honor to join Nebraska’s dairy producers for their annual convention in Norfolk. I’ll admit that we haven’t had a Holstein on our farm since the early 1980s, but our family goes through gallons of milk and dairy products every week. We may not milk cows, but we surely support Nebraska’s dairy farmers. When I was a kid, we milked around 40 cows. I would often plop down at the top of a big haystack in the early winter evenings with our old farm dog…

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    It's Ag Week. Hug a Farmer.

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 5, 2012

    We Americans are so fortunate. We have the safest, most abundant, most affordable food supply on earth. I don’t think most American consumers appreciate this fact completely. As a nation, we do not know hunger as they do in other countries. There is no question that hunger exists in our country, and it is something we should diligently work to stamp out. But, as a nation, we have not known hunger, except perhaps during the Great Depression. As we celebrate National Agriculture Week…

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