• Curt Arens

    Highway litter cleanup makes impression on farm kids

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 8, 2015

    On Easter Monday, it has been a tradition with our 4-H club over the past decade or so to cleanup a three mile stretch of county highway that runs very near to our farmstead. Now into the second generation in the club to walk these same ditches for trash, it is interesting how important this act of community service has become to our 4-H members, past and present. This past Monday, our club members and their parents braved a cool, driving drizzle, toting trash bags and caps and coats, to walk…

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    Planting Cover Crops Is Not An Exact Science

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 10, 2014

    At last week’s No-till on the Plains whirlwind tour stop at Matt Kathol’s farm near Hartington, the farmer discussions with no-till experts and technicians were telling (See gallery slideshow below). No-till farmers are generally quite committed to a philosophy that includes absolutely no tillage of their cropland soils. As University of Nebraska Extension engineer, Paul Jasa said so eloquently, “No-till is not just a planter. It is a systems approach to crop…

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