• Curt Arens

    Families Growing Our Food: Managed Grazing Includes Best Land Use

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 27, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:  Riding around in Don Peregrine’s pickup through his pastures near Fullerton, you can hear Don’s love of the land, and his understanding about how different types of land need to be handled differently. On his farm, he has low land along a river and upland Sandhills pastures. He knows that these unique properties need to be grazed in customized ways to get the most from land, but also to protect it. Here is his story… A “grazing…

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    The Difference Between a Weed and a Crop

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 24, 2013

    Weeds serve a purpose. I know, there isn’t a farmer out there who really believes that, but they do. They are nature’s way of holding nutrients and soil in place in the absence of other plants that are perhaps more desirable. In conducting research on the history of several modern crops for an article that ran in the Husker Harvest Days program this fall, I learned that many of our current commodity crops started out being considered weeds. That includes oats, which was…

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    Husker Harvest Days 2013: Four Things I Learned in Three Days

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 17, 2013

    Another year of Husker Harvest Days is down. The show had the usual variances in weather conditions, huge crowds, good folks, useful information and connections being made between producers and the businesses that serve them. All in all, it was a great learning experience, as always, for everyone involved. I know that I came home with a few useful tidbits from the show, some new things that I didn’t know before. 1) If you have any interest in irrigation in the U.S., you need to…

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    Husker Harvest Days 2013: Five Things You Won't Want to Miss

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 10, 2013

    Over the next three days in Grand Island, farmers and ranchers from across the region will descend on the Husker Harvest Days grounds for the 36th annual celebration of agriculture on the Plains. There are literally thousands of things to see and do at HHD. Here are five of my favorites.  1. Field demonstrations galore. What do you want to see? Combining, haying, tillage, antique plowing, lawn mowing and much more. You can see the newest and the biggest in the fields doing their…

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    Day One of Husker Harvest Days: Hot Day. Cool Stuff.

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 10, 2013

    It may have been a warm afternoon in Grand Island at Husker Harvest Days on Tuesday, not only because of the weather, but also because of the interesting and exciting demonstrations, tons of new products and exhibits heating things up. Dr. Joe Jeffrey related stories about the first live cattle-handling demonstrations 25 years ago, when they were still developing the demos and working on a system to best display and demonstrate the chutes. He had Husker Harvest Days crowds in stitches…

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    Families Growing Our Food: Melons and More for Helgoth Family

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 6, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:  A couple of years ago, I stopped by the Helgoth farm near St. Libory for an interview. It was spring and they had just been hit at the farm by a hail storm. They had to replant thousands of tomatoes, and worried about how well their crops would do. But this is nothing new for this family. They’ve been farming for decades, and have taken their wealth of knowledge to produce high quality food for their loyal customers, and for area school children as…

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    4-H/FFA: Reaching Out to Our Urban and Farm Youth

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 3, 2013

    I just returned yesterday from a great day at the State Fair. As always, I enjoyed the food, agricultural displays, the food, livestock, entertainment, the food, and all of Nebraska on display. Did I mention the food? Anyway, after being involved in the writing of the 4-H articles that appear along with Don McCabe’s FFA stories as part of a youth package on pages 7 and 8 of your September issue of Nebraska Farmer, it occurs to me that these organizations probably get the best press…

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