• Curt Arens

    Why Are Farmers So Misunderstood?

    Husker Home Place

     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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    4-H Rabbits and Calves and Bugs, Oh My!

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 21, 2012

    It’s been more than a week since the Knox County Fair concluded in Bloomfield and our 4-H critters and displays made their way back home. All summer long, local farmers hoped the fair would bring a drought-breaking storm, as it has done for many years. A few sprinkles fell on Wednesday and Sunday of the fair and temperatures took a break from the century mark that had plagued county fairs across the state all summer long. In fact, on Sunday afternoon, with temperatures in the upper 60s…

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    Lessons Learned From the Summer of Drought and Fire

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 16, 2012

    Producers around the state have learned a lot in this year of drought and wildfires. Most young farmers and many not-so-young farmers have never seen conditions as dry as they have been in their lifetimes. Many haven’t seen a single really dry year in at least two decades or more. This season has been a time of trial and error, when we've had to be creative and innovative. So, we’ve dusted off some of the old axioms of farming and ranching, and we’ve been taking…

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    "Rotation" Might Be the Farm Buzzword of This Decade

    Husker Home Place

     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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    Double Whammy: Drought and Fire Hit Ranchers

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on August 1, 2012

    Fire was on everyone’s mind. As I ate my lunch at Big John’s Restaurant in Ainsworth the other day during a trip to Brown and Keya Paha counties to cover the aftermath of the wildfires that recently swept through that area, fire fighting stories were the greatest source of conversation for other diners around me. Signs on business windows, including Big John’s, simply said, “Thank you fire fighters and volunteers.” Driving through what was once the tiny community…

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