• Curt Arens

    Farm New Year's Resolution: Share Your Stories

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 31, 2012

    No one has to convince me that Nebraska farmers are good stewards, protectors of their environment and caregivers of their livestock. I see it every day as I visit with producers around the state and travel to their farms and ranches. They have always been the first environmentalists, the first soil conservationists, the first and best at proper animal husbandry. While producers in general enjoy positive reviews by most consumers around the world, particularly those in other countries…

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    Early Indicators on the Farm Give Reasons for Optimism

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 27, 2012

    Drought continues to worry most producers in the Western Corn Belt. While the folks to the east of us have received some welcome fall precipitation, our rain gauge has been idle, except for a few light showers. That concerns almost everyone in our area. Yet, planning for profit in the midst of these challenges could set producers up for a very happy 2013. There are a few indicators that give us reason for some optimism. If you look at fuel prices trending significantly lower these days…

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    Drought Sends Beef Producers Looking For Answers

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 18, 2012

    I’m about as optimistic as anyone. But I’ve attended enough drought meetings this past year to understand that drought forces producers to make decisions that are extremely difficult. And the aftermath impact is not always known. Almost all grazing experts are telling producers to destock their herds and delay turnout this spring on pasture to save the pastures from sure destruction. Producers are encouraged to plant annuals, if there is adequate moisture, to fill in the…

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    The Town Name Says It All

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 11, 2012

    Nebraska Farmer editor, Don McCabe, and I have the privilege of traveling the state’s byways regularly, visiting with farmers and ranchers, and stopping by rural communities in every section of the Good Life. Personally, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to not only visit these towns, but to talk with local residents and learn more about what makes Nebraska villages special. Our towns are as different as they can be. They were founded for varied reasons and have colorful, often…

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    It All Depends on the Soil

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 4, 2012

    When I attended one of Pat Reece’s grazing strategies sessions last week in Bloomfield as part of Reece’s four-day tour of Nebraska, I asked the well-respected grazing consultant a question that I guessed might be on the minds of many producers. “If I pulled my cows off pasture in July, having grazed every conceivable blade of grass out there, and if I have received basically no measurable precipitation this fall and if there is zero grass regrowth visible in that…

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