• Don McCabe

    A Network That Works For Irrigators

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on February 27, 2014

    Neighboring farmers have worked together for years. They not only have helped each other out, but they've worked on projects with Extension educators, crop consultants and company reps. Today, we call that "partnering." One of the best partnerships I've seen in this state in some time is the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network. It's impressive what this irrigation network, in existence since 2005, has done and what it will do in the future in the area of more…

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    Extension Service to Celebrate Centennial

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 16, 2014

    About four years ago, in November 2009, Nebraska Farmer published a special issue celebrating the magazine's 150th year of serving Nebraska agriculture. The magazine was first published in October 1859, when it was Nebraska Territory and eight years before the state officially joined the Union. This year, there's another celebration of a major contributor to Nebraska and the nation—the centennial anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by…

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    Speaking 'To The Choir' Frightens Him

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on December 11, 2013

    It was one of the largest Nebraska Cattlemen conventions in years, and a big reason was the association's celebration of its 125 years of representing Nebraska cattle producers. NC enlisted a lineup of thought-provoking speakers during the three-day event and I sat through several of them. It was a time of reminiscing about past leaders, events and changes in the industry, of debating present-day issues and looking ahead to challenges. Nebraska's largest ag sector knows how to put on…

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    Nebraska College Of Technical Agriculture Is An Innovator

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on October 22, 2013

    The fun part of this job is traveling Nebraska and meeting new people. One of my favorite stops in recent years has been the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, in southwest Nebraska. A renaissance of this two-year ag school has been occurring over the past few years with new classrooms, labs, an education center and new academic programs. And to think there was a proposal to kill the school during the 1980s due to budget concerns. It's flourishing today due to its…

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    There Is Much More To HHD Than Field Demos

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on September 19, 2013

    Some things never change. Take Husker Harvest Days for instance. I've been to every one of the 36 shows so far at the permanent site west of Grand Island and this year's event was one of the best. It's always a great venue for me to interact with Nebraska Farmer readers and to learn about new technologies and farm tools. And it's a great way to catch up on what the state's farm organizations are up to. And the weather at HHD consistently throws a surprise or two…

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    In The Numbers Game, Nebraska Scores Big Time

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on September 6, 2013

    I'm no numbers whiz, but I do find it fun to get caught up in numbers and rankings. To me, baseball is fascinating not only because I love the game but also because there is no end to the statistical possibilities—as in, "What left-handed pitcher, during the ninth inning of playoff games, leads the American League in walks?" No, I don't have the answer. It's just an example. I've read of national rankings that can get downright silly and subjective like…

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    Sandhills: Land Of The Yellow

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on September 1, 2013

    A jaunt through the Nebraska Sandhills is always a highlight of my travels in Nebraska. As most Nebraskans know, this mixed grass prairie covering nearly one-fourth of the state presents a unique landscape of undulating grass-covered dunes, consistently flowing streams and some of the best grazing in the world. Windmills and cattle dot the ridges, dunes and meadows. I've heard numerous times of people, particularly in spring and early summer, who say they've never seen the…

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    September Nebraska Farmer Will Weigh Down Your Mailbox

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on August 22, 2013

    When this blog was written, we watched with relief as our September issue headed to the presses. It's our largest edition of the year in and of itself, but it also includes the 100-page-plus Husker Harvest Days show program. When you receive your September issue in your mailbox, you'll notice it immediately. It's big, of course, but it's also perfect bound and not saddle-stitched. Producing it takes a bite out of my summer in terms of travels to the country, and…

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    Ranchers Like Homer Buell Demonstrate 'Innovations On The Land'

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on August 12, 2013

    Homer Buell is like the vast majority of Sandhills ranchers I know. He and the other members of Buell family of Rose have an abiding love of ranching and cattle and the grass, soil, water and wildlife resources they've protected through the generations. I've been to the Shovel Dot Ranch and seen the grazing management practices implemented by Homer and his family, including wife, Darla, and son, Chad. I saw, too, when the family a year ago was selected as Nebraska's winner in…

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    Plenty Of Outdoor Classrooms To Choose From This Summer

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on August 1, 2013

    I can remember in past years that late July and August were a bit more laid back compared to today in the field day arena. The so-called "slow news" times of late summer don't exist anymore. And, of course, the lazy, hazy days of summer never existed for farmers. For ag writers, the calendar is seemingly more packed than ever this year with crop production events sponsored by commodity associations, UNL Extension and the seed industry. It's a testament to the fact…

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