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Wheat harvest underway in panhandle Video included


The recent cool, dry weather has helped Nebraska farmers who are harvesting wheat. In the panhandle wheat harvest is about 20 to 30 percent completed. 

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More storage bins being added to Stateline Producers Gering facility Video included


The Stateline Bean Producers Cooperative in Gering is growing at a rapid pace, and running out of space. John Lightcap, Stateline General Manager, says more upright space is needed at the Gering facility. He says three storage bins with a total capacity of 300,000 bushels will be added soon. Lightcap says the new bins will drastically increase efficiency at the facility."It's a slow, daunting process to dump your commodity here at the Gering location, so this should speed up the process fro d...

Wheat harvest demonstration wheels through Legacy of the Plains museum


Members of the Legacy of the Plains Museum held a historical wheat harvest demonstration for visitors this weekend. The event started with a hay ride to a wheat field on the grounds. Visitors then had a chance to watch volunteers cut and bind wheat. The bundles of wheat were then arranged standing upright into small piles called shocks. These piles would keep the grain off the ground and allow it to dry. One volunteer says this type of wheat harvest was the stem between hand harvesting and mo...

Nebraska Farm Bureau PAC endorses Peterson for AG


The Nebraska Farm Bureau's political action committee has endorsed Republican Doug Peterson for attorney general.

Memorial Scholarship established in honor of Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Video included

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A gift of $120,000 was made by the family and friends of Robin Coulter Lapaseotes, a rancher, community leader and entrepreneur from Bridgeport. Coulter Lapaseotes was killed in an automobile accident in February 2014.

Ag-agencies push for grain bin safety education


Farming can be a dangerous job, so Nebraska agriculture groups are trying to educate people about the hazards.Grain bins can be extremely dangerous to farmers and producers if precautionary measures are not followed.The Nebraska Corn board and corn growers association are encouraging farmers to slow down when working around the bins.Bob Hessler, owner of Safetyline Consultants in Scottsbluff, says his company trains farmers, producers, and emergency crews across the state in how to follow occ...

Pea crop growing in Panhandle Video included


Field peas were not once a crop grown in the region,  they were planted as a sample crop about 5 years ago. And now, more than 50-thousand acres of Nebraska land is devoted to peas.

Demonstrators show early sugar beet harvesting techniques Video included

Dozens gathered at Legacy of the Plains Museum to demonstrate the blocking and thinning of sugar beet seedlings. The labor intensive task is done to prevent sugar beet plants from growing so close together, which does not allow the plants to reach maturity.

Potential for alfalfa weevil damage in Panhandle Video included

Alfalfa producers should be watching their first-cutting alfalfa and the stubble after first cutting for delayed green-up. Serious infestations of alfalfa weevil were found last year in several areas of the Nebraska Panhandle in the first cutting and regrowth.

Nebraska Natural Resources Commission expands to 27 members

Governor Dave Heineman today announced 11 new members of the Natural Resources Commission, which will expand the commission from 16 to 27 members. This expansion was created with the passage of Legislative Bill 1098e. The appointees must have staggered terms of service. The following new members will initially serve two-year terms beginning June 1: Brian Barels of Columbus, Water Resources Manager at Nebraska Public Power District; Joel Christensen of Omaha, Civil Engineer and Vice President...

Johanns and Fischer telling Federal Agencies to halt scheme to regulate livestock emissions

If enacted, the new regulations could cost medium-sized dairy farms up to $22,000 and medium-sized cattle farms up to $27,000 annually.

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