• Curt Arens

    Best Cattle and Best People Make Winning Combination at Valentine

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 29, 2011

    I was honored recently to take a photo of shareholders and their living ancestors who saved Valentine Livestock Auction nearly 20 years ago.     This job affords me the luxury of meeting some of the best farm and ranch folks in Nebraska. I freely admit that every day is a new adventure, and the people I meet along the way are the real perks of my job. But for me, a Thursday in early July is a day to remember, one for the books. I was able to witness history. A group of…

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    Manure Happens

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 21, 2011

    Manure management experts say that what we do with manure once it happens is the important part.     Several manure brokers and management experts were on hand at the North American Manure Expo, held Wednesday, July 20 on the campus of Northeast Community College at Norfolk, Nebraska. During numerous presentations, programs and demonstrations, one theme came up again and again. Manure is a good thing. While the general public has been conditioned through the rants of mainstream…

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    Sights, Sounds and Smells (just kidding) at the North American Manure Expo

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 20, 2011

    All puns aside, we learned about what is hot in “Professionalism in Manure Management” at the one-of-a-kind manure expo held in Norfolk, Nebraska.    BUSINESS END: A Manure Expo visitor checks out the business end of this new spreader. Today was as hot as it can get in Nebraska. And the displays, exhibits and demonstrations at the North American Manure Expo, held on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska gave us a taste of what is hot in…

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    Stabilizing the Sand in the Sandhills

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 11, 2011

    Dave Wedin’s Sandhills dune restoration project tries to establish the best methods for stabilizing moving sand dunes.     Last week, when I attended a field day at the University of Nebraska research facility at Barta Brothers Ranch near Rose, Dave Wedin, professor in plant and ecosystem ecology, presented information about his ongoing research on restoring vegetation on sand dunes in the Sandhills. Wedin pointed out during his program that “grass is what makes the…

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    Barta Brothers Ranch is a Real Gem

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 5, 2011

    Field day shows off high quality Sandhills research at Barta Brothers Ranch near Rose. POINTING THE WAY: The Barta Brothers Ranch research facility is located 20 miles south of Long Pine or about five miles west of Rose in Brown and Rock counties. I had the pleasure of attending a research field day at Barta Brothers Ranch near Rose in late June. Located 20 miles south of Long Pine and about five miles west of Rose, the ranch consists of 6000 acres, with over 5500 acres of prime upland…

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