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    Remembering Our Farmer Soldiers

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 25, 2011

    Memorial Day has its roots among the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, including hundreds of thousands of farmers. On the cover of the May 2011 issue of Nebraska Farmer, farmer and soldier, Chief Master Sgt. Bob Huttes, poses with his tractor. Farmer soldiers, like Huttes, have been serving our nation and protecting it through thick and thin since the American Revolution. Better yet, Huttes is part of an Agribusiness Development Team that will spend a year improving Afghanistan’s…

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    More Planting Woes - The Final Chapter

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 19, 2011

    What is a normal planting season anyway? This spring has been frustrating to many farmers across the nation. Considering my usual planting problems, as described in my previous blog entries, it is par for the course for me. But farmers around the nation have had reason for extra concern. Between tornadoes, flooding, snow, late frost, wind and generally cold, wet conditions, farmers are left scratching their heads about how to get the crop in the ground. In spite of all of these obstacles…

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    Planting Woes - The Sequel

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 12, 2011

    Here is another tale of my absent-mindedness in the field. If you thought last week’s story about my boneheaded planting time endeavors was bad, wait until you read this week’s story. A few years ago, as I was checking seed placement of my first-planted corn a day or so after planting, I made a heartbreaking discovery. Two rows of corn, side by side, were left unplanted across a 60-acre field. Over the entire field, two rows were not only failing to sprout, but were not planted…

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    Planting Woes

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 6, 2011

    This is what happens when I’m in a hurry to get things done. I will begin with my disclaimer. All of the farm machinery around my place would be considered “extremely experienced” by most regular farmer standards. So, when I had problems a few years back with my 8-row, 800 IH Cyclo air planter, you might be thinking that it is because that model planter has been around a while. The planter is in excellent shape, I’m happy to report. However, when I get in a hurry…

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