• Curt Arens

    Close Calls

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 31, 2011

    Be careful on the farm and in the fields.   Every farmer can recall specific occasions out in the field or in the cattle or hog yard when their dangerous profession nearly did them in. I have a litany of close calls and near misses on the farm, when an inch or a split second could have meant a very tragic outcome. It is something we don’t like to discuss with anyone, especially our spouses. But farming is dangerous. Sometimes we get so comfortable with potentially dangerous…

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    What I Learned While Walking Beans

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 25, 2011

    I’m reminded of the summers of my youth, spent mostly in soybean fields with a corn knife in my hand.   My, how things have changed? At the soybean management field day last week in Bancroft, I sat in on the weed management talk, and heard a lot about preventing spray drift and fighting herbicide-resistant weeds. Herbicide-resistant weeds, did you say? Thirty years ago, there were only a few, very expensive herbicides available for use in soybeans. The only sure-fired way to…

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    Soybean Prices, Policy and Pests

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 19, 2011

    Everyone was there yesterday at Dallas and Matt Breitbarth’s farm west of Bancroft. Right out in the middle of soybean fields, University of Nebraska Extension specialists shared the latest in technology and management research with soybean producers, young and old, from around the region.   BIOSTIMULANTS: UNL Extension educator, Michael Rethwisch, explains soybean biostimulant research trials to farmers attending Soybean Management Field Days at a farm near…

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    Tough Lessons to Learn

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 11, 2011

    My daughters learned more than they bargained for in their 4-H bucket calf projects this year. Today was supposed to be entry day for livestock at the Knox County Fair. For most 4-H and FFA members in the county, it was. But for my daughters, unfortunately, it was not. Both daughters have been caring for bucket calves all summer. The baby calves, named Memorial and Maple, have been partners in their pens. Daughters, Lauren and Taylor, have been feeding the calves and in recent weeks have…

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    Keep Your Cool

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 6, 2011

    When uncertainty and difficulty hit the farm, my Dad would always say, “Keep your cool.”   A few years back, I was having a really bad day. A truck came to load corn in the morning from our aged granary bins. The night before, I checked all of the electrical cords on the auger motors, fueled up my auger tractor and made sure everything was in working order. When the truck arrived, I wanted to get it loaded and get the driver down the road in short order, because the weather…

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