• Curt Arens

    Which Farm Gadgets Will Be "Pick-worthy" in the Future?

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 28, 2014

    Old-time farm machinery and antique gadgets and advertising are pieces of our past, and link us in a very physical, touchable way to our ancestors on the farm. Old tractors, implements and household items passed on in a family can be among the prized possessions of future generations. If you are a big fan of shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars, you know that there is often no rhyme or reason to what carries value. Things that were probably disposable at the time are now extremely…

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    Tractor and Farm Implement Safety for Youth

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     by Curt Arens
     on April 29, 2013

    I noticed the new schedule for University of Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations courses for youth coming up this summer. The two-day courses, set up for 14- and 15-year-olds, will be coming to Kearney (May 23-24), Concord (May 29-30), Gering (June 3-4), Valentine (June 6-7), Osceola (June 10-11), North Platte (June 13-14) and Grand Island (June 17-18). Here is the complete registration information. I can recall my first experience driving a tractor. When I was…

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    Planting Woes - The Sequel

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 12, 2011

    Here is another tale of my absent-mindedness in the field. If you thought last week’s story about my boneheaded planting time endeavors was bad, wait until you read this week’s story. A few years ago, as I was checking seed placement of my first-planted corn a day or so after planting, I made a heartbreaking discovery. Two rows of corn, side by side, were left unplanted across a 60-acre field. Over the entire field, two rows were not only failing to sprout, but were not planted…

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    Planting Woes

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 6, 2011

    This is what happens when I’m in a hurry to get things done. I will begin with my disclaimer. All of the farm machinery around my place would be considered “extremely experienced” by most regular farmer standards. So, when I had problems a few years back with my 8-row, 800 IH Cyclo air planter, you might be thinking that it is because that model planter has been around a while. The planter is in excellent shape, I’m happy to report. However, when I get in a hurry…

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