• Curt Arens

    Curt's Crystal Clear Ag Predictions for 2014

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 31, 2013

    You know Nostradamus. The reputed seer living in 1500s France published a collection of prophecies that have since become famous. Of course, most folks attribute any resemblance of Nostradamus predictions to real life happenings as tenuous at best, but still, his often cryptic predictions have captured the imaginations of many. Well, in the spirit of the infamous seer, I have looked long and hard into my own pastures for inspiration, hoping to make predictions for the coming year that are just…

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    Taking the Sleigh on the Road at Christmas

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 24, 2013

    I don’t know how many of you will be traveling over the holiday season. Our family will be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but over the school Christmas break, we will be traveling at least a little to see family. This is quite an undertaking. Honestly, we don’t travel with our whole clan very often. Logistics become a problem, because our little guy still doesn’t care to sit more than about an hour in his car seat, unless he is sleeping. This has been a common…

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    Landlords and Tenants: Building Trust

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 17, 2013

    I just returned from one of the University of Nebraska Extension landlord and tenant workshops presented by UNL Extension educators, Allan Vyhnalek at Platte County and Tim Lemmons at  Madison County. I have attended these workshops before, but each and every time I attend, I learn something new and useful. There were several themes that resonated at this session, but something that kept coming up was the importance for tenants to build trust and nurture a quality business relationship…

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    What Is Around the Corner?

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 10, 2013

    If you average the extreme drought and heat of 2012 and the wetter, cooler summer of 2013 together, you might get a “normal” year. It isn’t that unusual to have good crops following a year of extreme drought. While much of the state was still drier than normal this season, almost every farmer would agree that it certainly was cooler than a year ago, and most portions of the state received at least a few timely rains. It seems we are easily lulled into the idea that every…

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    On the Farm, What's Around the Corner?

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     by Curt Arens
     on December 6, 2013

    If you average the extreme drought and heat of 2012 and the wetter, cooler summer of 2013 together, you might get a "normal" year. It isn't that unusual to have good crops following a year of extreme drought. While much of the state was still drier than normal this season, almost every farmer would agree that it certainly was cooler than a year ago, and most portions of the state received at least a few timely rains. It seems we are easily lulled into the idea that every growing…

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