• Curt Arens

    Which Farm Gadgets Will Be "Pick-worthy" in the Future?

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 28, 2014

    Old-time farm machinery and antique gadgets and advertising are pieces of our past, and link us in a very physical, touchable way to our ancestors on the farm. Old tractors, implements and household items passed on in a family can be among the prized possessions of future generations. If you are a big fan of shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars, you know that there is often no rhyme or reason to what carries value. Things that were probably disposable at the time are now extremely…

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    Weather Outlook for the Upcoming Growing Season

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 21, 2014

    I know. I’m obsessed with the weather, it is true. I admit it. I watch TV weather reports with amazement. I listen for updated radio reports and read everything I can about the weather, trying to catch differences in reports from varied sources. I was an animal science major in college, but had to sneak an ag meteorology class into my course schedule. So, it should be no surprise that I sat in on a session at a farm show in Norfolk recently featuring Al Dutcher, Nebraska’s state…

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    Out On a Limb: Planting Trees on a Treeless Plain

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 10, 2014

    Over the past year, I’ve written numerous bonus blogs each month featuring the “Families That Grow Our Food,” hoping to tell the ag story to our urban friends by relating the back stories of many of the interviews we’ve written in recent years about hardworking farm and ranch families. Now, it’s a new year and I’ll take on a new topic in bonus monthly blogs. One of my interests as a farmer over the years has been trees, woodlands, shelterbelts and orchards…

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    Baby, It's Cold Outside for Livestock

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 7, 2014

    When I was a kid, we finished hogs in outdoor lots. We managed the livestock in the winter months very carefully, keeping waterers open, even in frigid conditions, and bedding the hogs as much as possible. Still, they didn’t like to go outside to the self-feeders to eat when the temperatures dipped below zero. Who could blame them? I didn’t enjoy doing chores then either. I can recall one extremely frigid day in the early 1980s, working all day inside the warm farrowing barn…

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