• Curt Arens

    The Aftermath of the Great Flood

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 30, 2011

    I was in awe. I'm not sure there are any other words to describe my feeling. It was a feeling of sadness, shock and complete respect and empathy for the flooded farmers who live and operate along the Missouri River this summer. Walking out onto what looked like a desert landscape, covering acres and acres of what was once fertile crop ground, I was amazed and upset at the same time. Scott Olson, who farms with his brother, Randy along the bottom land north of Tekamah, took me for a ride in…

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    Hometown Service with a Smile

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 22, 2011

    Several years ago, I was combining soybeans early one afternoon and a rock about the size of my fist bounced into the header, doing a fair amount of damage. I only had about five acres of beans left to harvest, but a big snow storm was coming up fast and predicted to hit late the next day. Needless to say, I was wishing for better luck when this happened. I called my local dealership, and they told me to drive the combine into town and they would take a look at it. This came as everyone was…

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    Second Thoughts - Day 2 - Husker Harvest Days

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 14, 2011

    Thoughts from Day Two at Husker Harvest Days. Big crowds ignored early forecasts of rain and cold and turned out in huge numbers for Day Two at Husker Harvest Days. The grounds on Wednesday were filled with farmers from across the region, as well as large numbers of youth. It was a great atmosphere of farmers seeking out new technology, new machinery and new systems in their quest to raise food and fiber for our country and feed their own families at the same time. In…

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    Husker Harvest Days - Day 1 - First Impressions

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 14, 2011

    Day One Impressions Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, Husker Harvest Days was taking place in Grand Island. Lexington veterinarian, Dr. Joe Jeffrey, remembers that day well. Dr. Joe has been narrating and entertaining Husker Harvest Days visitors for decades at the cattle handling demonstrations. Yesterday, as part of the handling demos at the 2011 version of Husker Harvest Days, Dr. Joe was reflective. He recalled that the 10 a.m. cattle handling demo in 2001 was pretty somber. There was…

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    Don't Forget the HHD Food Drive

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 11, 2011

    Before you leave home for Husker Harvest Days, don't forget to pack non-perishable food items to donate at the show entrances. A few years back, when I was working with high school-aged youth at our church, we collected canned and non-perishable food items for our county food pantry around Thanksgiving time. The teens involved in the group were not well-to-do, but they had never known what it was like to actually be "hungry." And, when we delivered the food we had collected to the church…

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