• Curt Arens

    Right on the line

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 29, 2011

    I visited Sam and Eleanor Nelson’s farm near what is now known as South Yankton, NE, northwest of St. Helena, to catch some river flooding photos and to write about the flooding heritage of their historic farm for a future print story in Nebraska Farmer. The Nelson’s farm in northern Cedar County adjacent to the Missouri River, just downstream from Yankton, SD has an important and historic distinction. The farm is located near the old town site of Green Island, which was…

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    The More Things Change

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 22, 2011

    Finding 91-year-old copy of Nebraska Farmer sheds light on how much agriculture has changed, and how much it remains the same.   I was walking quickly from the second-hand store in Crofton, glancing on a table as I headed for the door. From the inside of a large, ziplock plastic bag, red letters, “Nebraska Farmer,” jumped out at me. A faded, torn and tattered copy of the January 24, 1920 issue of Nebraska Farmer looked too good to pass up. I purchased the old copy of…

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    Farm Service Agency on the Front Lines

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 16, 2011

        When disaster strikes farmers or when new programs are handed down, local FSA staff members are charged with the responsibility of helping farmers.   I remember visiting my local FSA office many years ago, during the signup period of a new farm program. The latest Farm Bill had recently passed, and several new criteria were changing the way farmers handled much of their business. One of the workers in the county office was trying to explain to an elderly farmer the…

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    Water, Water, Water

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 7, 2011

    The largest quantity of water in sixty years is now gushing down the Missouri, making the Muddy Mo look mighty wild. Just a few years ago, folks around Pierre, SD were talking about how low the water level was in Lake Oahe, on the Missouri River. Today, folks only wished they were talking about low water. Things change pretty rapidly in the Great Plains, and the low snowfall years have given way to a winter that won’t quit in the Northern Rockies. All that snowpack eventually melts…

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    What Will Attract the Next Generation of Farmers?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 2, 2011

    The newest crop of farmers loves high tech tools. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to meet a few father-son farming teams. Stories about these farmers will show up in future print issues of Nebraska Farmer. Both family farms have a few important things in common. The fathers are progressive, hardworking, creative and business-oriented. The sons are smart, energetic and ready to embrace the next efficiency on their farms. But the most important common aspect between these…

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