• Curt Arens

    Honored to Talk With Water-drive Irrigation Experts

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     by Curt Arens
     on November 5, 2013

    If you’ve had enough time out of the combine cab recently to read the cover story of the November issue of Nebraska Farmer, you know that I had a fun assignment in August. I was honored to be able to visit with Don Fling, an Ainsworth farmer who has a direct connection to the earliest days of pivot irrigation in Nebraska. If you’ve read anything I’ve written over the years, you may have picked up the fact that I love history, especially Nebraska history of all kinds. I…

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    Identity Protection: I Can't Even Get My Own Private Information

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 27, 2013

    Because of the serious and very real threat of identity theft and the ability of hackers to access our private information and use it against us, we have become obsessed with developing a firewall to protect that information on the farm and in our personal lives. But sometimes, it seems the only ones we are protecting it from are ourselves. Almost everything we do online now is protected by a password. I can’t get into my landline phone, cell phone, bank account or dog’s…

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    Crop Production: Too Much of a Good Thing is Not a Good Thing

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 20, 2013

    In recent weeks, I’ve attended University of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Soybean Board herbicide-resistant weed workshops and soybean management field day events. Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard at least 20 different speakers at two dozen different crop production events talk about resistance issues in weeds, insects and diseases in crops. It is one of the biggest challenges for modern agriculture and crop production, but fortunately, this is not an obstacle that…

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    Families Growing Our Food: High Tech Makes Ag Tick

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 28, 2013

    Curt’s Comments: Some urban folks seem to think that farmers are still living and working as they are portrayed on old TV shows like “Green Acres.” Well, we don’t have to climb a telephone pole to answer the phone and our tractors have changed just a tiny bit since the 1960s. And, it is important to communicate with consumers how technology has changed agriculture and food production, and how it has made us more efficient, so we can produce more food and use less…

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    On the Farm, What Tech Tool is the Next Big Thing?

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 4, 2013

    I’ve been working on an article in recent days, following University of Nebraska research and Nebraska Department of Agriculture marketing efforts to get dry bean powder made from Nebraska Great Northern dry edible beans, into instant noodle cups in China. According to Lynn Reuter with the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, Chinese consumers eat approximately 1300 instant noodle cups per minute. So, adding a teaspoon of dry bean powder boosts the nutritional value of those noodle cups for…

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    Collecting Farm Data: Getting to the Big Picture

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     by Curt Arens
     on November 19, 2012

    I have become a big fan of technology. Although I’m a traditionalist at heart, I have seen the huge positive impact of technology on farms and ranches firsthand. I’m convinced that technology is the tool that will allow farmers of the future to feed the growing world population. No matter which direction we turn, technology is making waves. The way we communicate, the way we select seed, view fertility, handle pests and build organic matter are all tied intimately to…

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    Why Are Farmers So Misunderstood?

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 26, 2012

    I was talking the other day with some well-meaning, but misguided urban folks about the impact of drought on farmers, farm families and rural communities. I was trying to explain how most of the corn we raise in Nebraska goes to livestock feed and ethanol. I was trying to explain the difference between field corn, popcorn and sweet corn. I thought I was making some headway in the discussion, when these lifelong city residents asked me if we had computers on the farm. It was then that I…

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    "Rotation" Might Be the Farm Buzzword of This Decade

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 9, 2012

    I’ve been attending workshops lately dealing with resistance issues. At the weed herbicide resistance field day in David City, I heard experts and researchers say that we need to rotate our way out of resistance issues. Rotate chemistries of our herbicides, rotate crops, rotate herbicide tolerance and insect traits. My head even started to rotate after a while. We’ve heard this before. We’ve been told for years that rotation was a good idea. Crop rotation is a longstanding…

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    Bringing Young Farmers Home - The Attraction of Ag Tech

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 14, 2012

    When Plainview native, Brandon Christiansen, was sitting in the classroom during his Senior year of high school, he had no desire to return to the farm. Although he grew up helping his father, Rick, he didn’t think the farm had a future for him. Rick says that he always believed his son would one day return. He recalls the days when young Brandon would curl up asleep inside the door of the farm house, so his father wouldn’t forget to wake him and allow him to ride along when…

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    It's Ag Week. Hug a Farmer.

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     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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