• Don McCabe

    In 2012, Irrigation Made The Critical Difference In Nebraska

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 31, 2013

    The differences are stark. It's no surprise that during the blistering temperatures and persistent dryness in 2012 that dryland crop producers in Nebraska farmers didn't fare well. As I drove across much of Nebraska last summer, numerous fields of dryland corn didn't produce enough even for silage. Contrast that with irrigated crop production in 2012. Producers with access to sufficient irrigation water took advantage of high prices and excellent yields. As far as farm…

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  • Don McCabe

    In 2012, Irrigation Made the Critical Difference in Nebraska

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 27, 2013

    The differences are stark. It's no surprise that during the blistering temperatures and persistent dryness in 2012 that dryland crop producers in Nebraska farmers didn't fare well. As I drove across much of Nebraska last summer, numerous fields of dryland corn didn't produce enough even for silage. Contrast that with irrigated crop production in 2012. Producers with access to sufficient irrigation water took advantage of high prices and excellent yields. As far as farm…

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    ROS Rides The Rails To Stop The Rain

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 24, 2013

    For those of us in the farm magazine business, the technology tools available today to farmers and the industry are fun to cover and, I admit, a bit overwhelming to explain at times. When I interview leading-edge Nebraska farmers at planting or harvest time, or during irrigation season, I find myself asking this question quite more and more when it comes to precision farming components—could you repeat that again? Monitors fill tractor cabs and combines, displaying instant…

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    CS-CASH Hopes To Make Farming, Ranching Safer

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 14, 2013

    We recently started planning for the health screening services at the 2013 Husker Harvest Days show this fall in Grand Island. About 30 health and safety professionals sponsor booths in the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent that are a popular stop for show visitors each year. In a way, those crowds taking part in the health screenings each year at HHD sort of belie the sometimes indifferent attitude about health and safety issues around the farm or ranch. The phrase "agricultural…

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    More Digging Into The Benefits Of Cover Crops

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 3, 2013

    Cover crops, if you haven't heard, have been in the news a lot in recent months. When it comes to cover crops, I believe there are three categories of producers: the true believers, those who are intrigued but want more information and the doubters who would rather continue their current traditional farming practices. Members of the latter category could well be no-tillers and conservation-minded farmers, but some are not. You can see the evidence across Nebraska of native…

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    Leopold Award: A Tribute To Private Farm Land Stewards

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on May 2, 2013

    I cover and report on numerous agriculture and natural resources awards given out each year in Nebraska, and all are well deserved. Commodity groups present them to members active in their associations, or to those who win yield or production contests. Farm organizations recognize people who contribute to Nebraska agriculture in general. One award that I especially appreciate is the Leopold Conservation Award. Nebraska Cattleman and Cargill partner with the Wisconsin-based Sand County…

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