• Curt Arens

    Pay Attention

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 29, 2010

    Five things we’ll be paying attention to on our farm in 2011.     I’ve been attending lots of farm meetings and workshops these days, like many farmers. We cover these regularly in our magazines, and we get ideas about stories that might be worth while down the road. But I’m also usually looking at what I might put into play around our place too. Learning from the Extension folks and experts I’ve been listening to lately, here are five things we’ll be…

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    Away in a Manger

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 20, 2010

    Christmas is a season when farm animals and farmers are blessed.    “The stars in the bright sky looked down were he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”   (Source: Away in a Manger, Author Unknown, 1885)  “Away in a Manger,” is one of my favorites, and probably one of the first carols I learned as a youngster. Today, it’s on everyone’s short list as a Christmas gem.  It tells the Christmas story in such a tender…

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    Remembering Christmas Season Blizzards Past

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 16, 2010

      Last Saturday, the snow was coming down so thick that it was difficult to see the barn from the house. Over the weekend, travelers were stranded in local fire halls and at neighboring farmhouses.   Arens kids enjoy sledding after last year's Christmas blizzard.   Farmers are well known for their neighborliness when others need help. Living and farming along a well-traveled, but rather remote county blacktop road, our family and others living along our road have…

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    Who Will Farm the Land?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 9, 2010

    In the next 10 to 15 years, a tremendous transfer of farm wealth will take place.   I attended a landowner/tenant workshop recently, and had a difficult time finding a place to sit. The room was packed beyond capacity. The Extension educator facilitating the meeting told the group that he had hosted meetings like that over the past three or four years, but only two or three people would show up. What a difference a year makes? Rising land prices, skyrocketing commodity prices…

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    Nothing Beats the Real Thing

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 1, 2010

    I know that installing a plastic tree is simple. But after raising real Christmas trees for over 20 years, putting up a plastic tree to me would be like watching the Super Bowl on a black and white TV. Something special would definitely be missing.   As a kid, before we raised our own trees, our neighbors gathered up their families this time of year and drove out to some Missouri River bottom land where cedar trees grew wild, choking out prime pasture land. The landowner told…

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