When this blog was written, we watched with relief as our September issue headed to the presses. It's our largest edition of the year in and of itself, but it also includes the 100-page-plus Husker Harvest Days show program.
When you receive your September issue in your mailbox, you'll notice it immediately. It's big, of course, but it's also perfect bound and not saddle-stitched.
Producing it takes a bite out of my summer in terms of travels to the country, and I'll have to make up for that staring in mid-August.
Make sure you take time to go through this September issue.
The show program explains everything that's happening at the 2013 HHD, the 36th annual show west of Grand Island. By the way, to further your preparation for attending the show, be sure to download the Husker Harvest Days app. It's a handy smartphone tool that provides great exhibitor location information, event schedules, editor tips and more. It's available for iPhones and Android smartphones. To download it, go to www.HuskerHarvestDays.com.
Back to the September issue itself. The number of features covering crop and livestock production, water issues, markets, and many other farm and ranch subjects is more than you will find in any single issue of any farm magazine. Not counting the show program, there are more than 150 pages and more than 70% of them have informative articles on them.
Let's preview some of what you'll find.
Up front, Field Editor Curt Arens and I review the growing popularity and expansion of Nebraska's FFA and 4-H programs. Those programs give Nebraska youth the experiences and communication tools they need to take advantage of the expanding careers in agriculture, or any career for that manner.
Nebraska high school ag education/FFA programs are at an all-time high at 150. Nebraska has one of the highest enrollment rates in 4-H, as a percentage of our population, of any state in the country.
In the crop production arena, at least two feature stories look at the growth in herbicide resistance weed woes. This is a problem stemming from overuse of glyphosate and some other weed control products, and it won't get any better.
Learn also about hopes for a sorghum revival in the state, stemming from plans of a Nebraska ethanol plant in Ravenna to start phasing in grain sorghum as a feedstock.
Several northeast Nebraska corn producers are growing corn hybrids this this year that contains a trait that will aid in the processing of ethanol, and they'll receive a premium for growing the corn.
Good grazing management and wildlife habitat work well, as find in a feature article on a Sandhills ranch near Burwell.
Also, in another feature you'll learn how to obtain a Nebraska BEEF STATE license plate, similar to the plates on state vehicles in the mid-1950s.
If you're an antique farm machinery enthusiast or like to learn about a Nebraska windmill museum, don't miss the September issue.
Our regular Policy Report column eyes the uncertain future of surface water irrigation in the state, a topic arising because of interstate river compacts and agreements over endangered species.
Plus, as usual, our Technology/Machinery section will cover many new ag equipment rollouts.
There is much more in this issue than what I can mention here. The Nebraska Farmer continues to deliver the best package of information for your farm and ranch operations.