• Curt Arens

    Seeing My Father In Me

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 27, 2011

    The day my Dad died was the loneliest day of my life.   I farmed with my father, Harold, for most of my adult life. Even when I was off at college in Lincoln, I still returned home during every school holiday and every summer to farm the fields and tend the livestock on our place. I was allowed the opportunity to farm beside my Dad during my formative years, and then for 25 more years after college, as his health declined. Dad was diagnosed with severe bronchial asthma in 1988, just a…

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    Wearing Many Hats - Part 2

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 24, 2011

    When you wear many hats, you have to remember which hat you’re wearing and when.   Last time, I discussed how service-minded farm families really kick in when it comes to community service and helping out their neighbors. It is a splendid rural tradition to help folks who need it. But there are pitfalls and challenges involved when you wear so many hats, all at the same time. 1)       Burnout. Farmers are as tough as they come, and usually their…

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    Wearing Many Hats - Part 1

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 18, 2011

    Farmers have never been afraid to step up to the plate. In the early days of settlement on the Plains, farmers served their communities as members of a Home Guard unit, as veterinarians and post office attendants, and their wives were school teachers and midwives. With scant populations in rural areas spread across miles and miles, farmers had to be competent at all kinds of jobs like maintaining roads, plowing snow, building bridges, waterways and community structures like churches, schools…

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    Most-Rejected Farm Wife Valentine Gifts

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 10, 2011

    I have under strong advisement from my wife that these farm wife Valentine gift ideas send the wrong message.   February is a time for romance, when farmers turn to their wives on the morning of St. Valentine’s Day, gaze longingly into their eyes and whisper sweet nothings like, “You gonna get up and help me with chores or what?” In many households, there won’t be a heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Some farmers probably don’t …

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    Don't Worry, Be Happy with Automatic Tractors

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 4, 2011

    When automatic tractors become the norm, farmers can multitask like never before.   I love all the new technology and precision ag tools on the market today. Most farmers who are utilizing these tools tell us that the tools earn their way and add immensely to the efficiencies on their farms. They save input costs, help prevent fatigue and conserve valuable seed and nutrients, placing seed, fertilizer and other inputs where they will produce the most profit. Simply put, precision tools…

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