• Curt Arens

    Out on a Limb: Tips for Proper Tree Pruning

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 28, 2014

    In this special Out on a Limb blog entry, I will address a few tips on proper pruning techniques. At one of the UNL tree care workshops I’ve attended over the years, I have heard foresters say many times that the best time to prune a tree is when you have time to do it. In other words, prune whenever it is convenient, and your saw is sharp. However, the actual best time for most broadleaf trees is in winter or early spring, before the trees display buds. So, that time is drawing near…

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    Opportunities Raising Pigs

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 25, 2014

    There was a time, not that long ago, when nearly every farm in our neighborhood raised pigs. We all had a few sows and either sold feeder pigs or finished out what we raised. This was only 15 years ago. Times have changed. It’s tough these days to be raising pigs, but the fact is, there are great opportunities down the road. At the Nebraska Pork Producers Association Pork Industry Day in Norfolk last week, every producer I talked with was concerned deeply about PED virus. Mike…

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    Truman Prepared for the Presidency by Working the Family Farm

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 18, 2014

    Last year about this time I wrote about President Calvin Coolidge, who, as Vice-President to Warren Harding, was working on his father’s farm in Vermont when he learned of Harding’s untimely death. He took the oath of office by lamplight in his father’s farmhouse, with his father, who was a notary public, officiating. This year during Presidents’ Day week, I recall another unlikely President, who started out life working his family’s Missouri farm. The hard work…

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    Do We Get Style Points in How We Present the Farm Message?

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 11, 2014

    Have you ever walked into a store looking for an item, only to be bombarded by a sales person who follows you around and pushes items in a way that completely turns you away from that store? I think almost everyone has had this experience at one time or another. As a consumer, you may been perfectly willing to purchase your item from that store, but because of how the item was presented by the sales person, and how pushy they were about the sales experience, you took your business…

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    Propane Shortage Worries Farm Users

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 4, 2014

    Around our place, we are pretty reliant on propane as a fuel source. We utilize propane for grain drying, as well as heating for our house and barns. With our stove also running on propane, even our evening supper depends on a good supply. We’re not alone. Over 865,000 farms and ranches rely on propane for at least some of their energy needs. This winter has been taxing on all energy supplies, not just propane. You’ll read more details at Nebraska Farmer online and in a future…

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