Farming & Ranching

Farmers are reminded to report 2018 Spring-Seeded Crops

Submitted by Rob Larkin County Executive Director The Nemaha County FSA Office is taking appointments for reporting 2018 Spring-Seeded Crops. The deadline for producers to timely report 2018 spring-seeded crops…

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Mini Grazing School to be offered

The Meadowlark Extension District will be conducting a mini grazing school in a series of events throughout the summer of 2018. These “mini” schools will be held in Jackson County…

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FSA makes change to Livestock Indemnity Program

Agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance…

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Kansas farmland values continue to slip

Farmland prices in Kansas continued a slow, steady decline last year and a Kansas State University economist believes the trend will continue this year, saying values are being pulled down…

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Crisis management on the farm: start planning before it happens

Submitted Routine maintenance and safety practices can help prevent spills of hazardous materials like fertilizer, pesticide, oil and fuel. But what kinds of risks do these hazardous materials pose during…

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Cold weather delays corn planting

Right about now, farmers ideally would be getting out into the fields and getting corn in the ground. However, continued unpredictable weather and cold ground temperatures are likely going to…

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Nemaha County Conservation District holds 71st Annual Meeting

Submitted by Dana Schmelzle The Nemaha County Conservation District’s Annual Meeting was held Thursday, Feb. 15. This year’s meeting was held at the Nemaha County Community Building in Seneca. A…

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Nemaha County Conservation District sets cost-share sign up dates

Submitted by Dana Schmelzle, Conservation District Manager The Nemaha County Conservation District is conducting a sign-up from March 1 through 15 to accept requests for state financial assistance to install…

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Brown County Conservation District names winners

Submitted by Niki Tollefson The Brown County Conservation District has named its conservation award winners. Willie and Katie Geisendorf – Banker’s Award Willie and Katie Geisendorf purchased this 80-acre tract…

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Applications are now being accepted for cost share support for cover crops

Submitted by Kerry Wedel The Delaware River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) provides financial assistance for installation of best management practices on agricultural lands located in designated priority areas…

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Conservation: Diversions versus terraces

Submitted One of the first things I learned as a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field technician — diversions are not installed in fields in place of terraces. When deciding…

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Woodland burning has many benefits

Submitted by Ethan Newman, Habitat Specialist with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever When prescribed fire is mentioned, many picture burning a grass or fallow field. However, there are many more…

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Upland birds adapt to habitat

Holly Shutt, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Predators of upland birds are often blamed for the population trends in pheasant and quail. Something to keep in mind is that upland…

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Cover crop economics decision support tool offered by NRCS

Submitted The past decade has brought about tremendous information and rediscovery of the benefits of using cover crops. The interest in this key component of increasing soil health is readily…

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BCCD Cost-Share sign-up is through the end of February

Submitted by Niki Tollefson, District Manager Brown County Conservation District is conducting a sign-up Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, to accept requests for state financial assistance to install enduring conservation…

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