Search Results

Result Type: News Stories | Classifieds

Can't find what you are looking for? Refine your search, or use our advanced search tips

Date Range: All Results | Past Week | Past Month | Past 90 Days | Past Year | Custom Range
From:
To:
Go

Search archives for this publication only go back to 2006

Sort Results: Newest | Oldest

When you drive past the acres of hemp fields in Galeton, you might mistake the green spongy plants for marijuana. It would be an easy mistake to make, but it is a mistake — and it’s one that’s causing a struggle for the emerging hemp industry.As the director of agronomy with Colorado Cultivars at TLC Farms in Galeton, Damian Farris
Published: August 27, 2016
Receiving protocol can cause stress in calves, which can cause limitations in future success from the stock. The difference between a stressful and a seamless receiving period can have a significant influence on future performance.“How calves are received at the feedlot can affect performance throughout the feeding phase,” said Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., and cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. “The
Published: August 27, 2016
With three months left of election season, last week Republican hopeful Donald Trump announced the names of those to serve on his Agricultural Advisory Committee during his campaign.Those selected are state and federal officials, along with others involved in the agriculture community.In a news release, Trump said his committee are the top of the industry.“The members of my agricultural advisory
Published: August 27, 2016
Gentle readers, sometimes first impressions are lasting impressions and sometimes they are not. Let me explain to you my humble cowboy opinion. If you meet someone for the very first time and you have been wanting to meet them because you admire them for themselves or for something they have or have done, you want to come across as acceptable.
Published: August 25, 2016
As hard as this may be to believe, I don’t like what I see when I look in the mirror. Whenever I am even close to a mirror it immediately flashes a warning sign, “Objects in the mirror are even uglier than they appear.” I’m no clothes horse; more of a clothes night-mare. I’m no fashion plate either, not even
Published: August 25, 2016
Lindsey Hinrichs didn’t let an accident get in the way of her passion.The 2015 Miss Oregon Trail Rodeo, who lives in Glenvil, Neb., was kicked by a horse when she was fourteen years old. She doesn’t remember much about the accident, and was unconscious for half a day, but she’s still back to horses and being on horseback.It was on
Published: August 25, 2016
Johnny “Backflip” Dudley has gone from being a tough Marine to being the tough guy in the rodeo arena.The Aubrey, Texas man will be in Hastings, Neb., at the Oregon Trail Rodeo next weekend, serving as the rodeo clown and barrelman. While he used to protect our country, he now works to protect bullfighters and bull riders.He got his first
Published: August 25, 2016
The first joint project to help farmers use existing irrigation water to generate electricity has been completed in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for more producers who want to try it.The installation, near Hotchkiss, Colo., is the first for the multi-agency Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural
Published: August 25, 2016
Educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the process of growing and harvesting wheat and other grains in America is the theme of a new series of lessons called ‘Harvesting: Crops & Careers’ developed by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, U.S. Custom Harvesters, New Holland and ConjoStudios LLC.The seven lessons introduce students to new technologies and varied
Published: August 25, 2016
Kathleen Turner, 63Jan. 22, 1953-June 11, 2016Residence: Green River, Wyo.Kathleen Ann Turner, 63, of Green River, Wyo., passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home. A resident of Green River for the past three months and former longtime resident of Rawlins, Wyo., Kathy died surrounded by family following a lengthy illness.She was born on January 22, 1953 in
Published: August 24, 2016
There’s nothing quite like being a farmer, Mike Schuppe said over the buzz of machinery as he worked the hay fields at his farm northeast of Sterling. There’s nothing like the hard work it takes to put up a good crop. But even the best crop — and the most optimistic farmer — can be crushed by a bad market.In
Published: August 23, 2016
Sen. Daniel Webster didn’t buy Horace Greeley’s advice to “Go West, young man.” Webster saw the West as a wasteland.“What do we want with this vast, worthless area,” Webster said in a Senate speech in the mid-1800s. “This region of savages and wild beasts, of deserts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To what
Published: August 23, 2016
Producers learned about cover crops, grazing diversity and management at the 2016 Nebraska Grazing Conference. With these subjects in mind, organizers of the annual event hope to see the quality of grazing lands this generation has enjoyed available for future generations.“There are a lot of positives in the Nebraska beef cattle industry right now,” said Don Adams of the University
Published: August 23, 2016
The 104th Wyoming State Fair kicked off Aug. 13 in Douglas, Wyo., and ran through Aug. 20. The Wyoming State Fair is the largest youth competition in the state and is focused on affordable, family-friendly entertainment, youth competition, agriculture education and fun.Family friendly and affordable grandstand events were scheduled for each night at the fair. This year, the order of
Published: August 23, 2016
“Well, at least it isn’t broken,” he said as he wiped his face with his good arm. “Although it might be a smidgen outta place. That sucker sure did buck hard! I’m glad I was wearin’ my hat or I’da punched right through that net wire fence and hung there like a bat! Dadgummit! Where’s the rest of my shirt?
Published: August 23, 2016
It’s a quarter of a century old, but it’s still young at heart. The Oregon Trail Rodeo turns 25 years old this year, when it returns Aug. 26-28 to the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings, Neb.The rodeo started in 1992 by a group of Hastings and area men: Rich Asmus, Jack Friend, Willis Hunt, Wes Keebler, Stan McMahon, Luwane Nelson,
Published: August 18, 2016
Almost 40 years after Don Wilhite accepted a teaching position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the man known as Dr. Drought is retiring from teaching.That’s not to say he’s retiring from the research he has made his passion for the past four decades, though. In fact, the former director of UNL’s School of Natural Resources is using his newfound time
Published: August 18, 2016
There’s no doubt about it, Leonardo DiCaprio is an outstanding actor. From “Titanic” to “The Great Gatsby” to “The Revenant,” this Hollywood heartthrob has a massive fan base and a decorated resume in the Hollywood scene.However, as DiCaprio jets around the world on his private plane, sails the open seas on his personal yacht and lights up his oversized mansion,
Published: August 18, 2016
Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses. I admire these folks’ ability and special talent. It’s always a pleasure to see a good horse workin’ right. But horses look at veterinarians like kids look at Sunday School or cowboys look
Published: August 17, 2016
It’s too late to gather the moisture the northern Colorado area saw the past few weeks, but as of Aug. 10, is legal to collect rainwater at residences without a permit.Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1005 in May, and now it’s up to residents to buy and install rain barrels, as long as limitations are followed.Most single-family homes and
Published: August 17, 2016
Back in the 1990s, severe storms seemed to shred the crop tended by Glen Fritzler and his fellow farmers every year. That’s why he started his popular corn maze in LaSalle. The agritainment business cushioned him from the unpredictable nature of farming. It helped him survive.He’ll need the maze even more this year. One of the worst hailstorms in years,
Published: August 17, 2016
When commodity prices fall and stay low, it’s usually the young and beginning farmers people worry about, said Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen. That’s changing now.After three years of market lows, it’s the average farmer, the good businessman and the midsized operator that are at risk of getting buried in debt and even going under, Hansen said. “We’re burning
Published: August 17, 2016
It was Sept. 27, 2014 when Ben Orrell got a call from one of his friends. One of his heifers was dead. Orrell went out to check out what happened, and what he found was a bit puzzling.“There was no external wound,” Orrell said.Turns out the heifer was shot, and just a bit further away, Orrell found another one of
Published: August 14, 2016
The nights were often worse for Gabriel, even after long days working on the production line at a pork slaughterhouse in Nebraska. He had nightmares that the line – what the workers call “the chain” – was moving so fast, that instead of gutted hogs flying by, there were people.“You’ve been working there for three hours, four hours and you’re
Published: August 16, 2016
We’ve slipped into what I’ve come to call “The August Shift.” Even though the days are still hot, the nights are getting cooler and there’s a dew on the grass in the morning. As the sun inches south, the shadows are changing, particularly in the low angle light of sunrise and sunset.As I said earlier, as we get into August
Published: August 16, 2016
U.S. beef producers recently got good news — Saudi Arabia reopened the market to receive U.S. beef and beef products following a four-year ban.“On June 28, 2016, Saudi Arabia issued a decree that lifted BSE-related restrictions and allows imports of U.S. beef and beef products,” said Sam Jones-Ellard, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service public affairs specialist.“This agreement is
Published: August 12, 2016
The animal agricultural industry hopes to create a plan to protect against the potential threat of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The U.S. hasn’t had a case of the highly contagious FMD virus affecting livestock since 1929.The Secure Beef Supply Plan is one proposal for mitigating the potential effects of the disease.“If FMD does occur, the state and federal officials
Published: August 12, 2016
The Thomas County Fair brought the theme of "Celebrating Family" to Thedford, Neb., with 4-H, rodeo and more.There were a few new events mixed in with the old. Friday had two performances of the rodeo organized by Tegwin Egle, owner of the Cowpoke Bar & Café at the fairgrounds, while in town had the Mid-Nebraska Pedal Tractor Pullers. Winners get
Published: August 12, 2016
Sheepherders are a lonely lot. They spend their time caring for sheep in the high country. Why, you might ask? Because that’s where summer pasture is. Sheepherders spend summers in the mountains moving their woolly charges from meadow to meadow and keeping them safe from predators. Many herders pass their winters in town just waiting for spring so they can
Published: August 12, 2016
Yellow toadflax is an escaped ornamental, creeping perennial plant that spreads through its root system as well as by seeds. This plant is also known as butter and eggs. The plant has narrow long leaves. The yellow snap dragon-like flowers typically have a bearded, orange throat. This plant flowers June through September. The plant usually grows up to 1-2 feet
Published: August 12, 2016
The mixed emotions were easily found between smiles and puffy red eyes. It was a bittersweet day Aug. 1 at the Junior Livestock Sale, the final event of the 2016 Weld County Fair. The auction was really the day 4-H kids prepared for when they got their animals, but it was one that came at a price.For some, that price
Published: August 12, 2016
Save the date for the “Ranch transition when you aren’t in control” workshops this fall sponsored by Nebraska Extension.“This isn’t your mom and dad’s estate planning workshop,” said Extension Educator Bethany Johnston, one of the organizersJohnstown said effective communication is one of the biggest obstacles to successfully transferring family ranching operations to future generations.The workshop agenda will focus on communication,
Published: August 12, 2016
Late summer is peak time for mosquitoes and since 1999, when West Nile Virus appeared in the U.S., August and September are also the time for mosquito-transmitted diseases.According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as of July 22 in Colorado, there have been four human infections of West Nile Virus in 2016. That’s not including
Published: August 11, 2016
The Colorado Pork Producers Council announced their annual meeting and invite anyone who raises hogs in Colorado and their guests to attend. The event will be Aug. 25, at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in the Colorado Building, Pueblo, Colo., and will kick off the state fair hog shows beginning Aug. 26.The evening will feature a whole hog barbecue prepared by
Published: August 11, 2016
The road to the Weld County Fair with the Halleys, Lauridsons, Cookseys and LeBlancs started in May.The four families, which represent students across the age spectrum of 4H competitors, had already begun to prepare their animals for the Weld County Fair, but as the summer progressed, the time and dedication necessary for the students to succeed at the fair increased.The
Published: August 11, 2016
Chase County lived up to its name recently with a real life, semi-Old West, bad guy/good guys criminal chase.It happened to a friend of mine, ol’ Phil Moore, who lives out in the country. Here’s a brief description of what happened.Phil’s wife went into their back yard one hot afternoon and wuz like to scared out of her wits to
Published: August 11, 2016
The Agriculture Department announced July Federal order Class milk prices Wednesday. The benchmark Class III price is $15.24 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $2.02 from June but $1.09 below July 2015. It’s the highest Class III since November 2015 and equates to about $1.31 per gallon, up from $1.14 in June. The seven month Class III average is at $13.73 and
Published: August 11, 2016
Large animal veterinarian Dr. Ed Hamer said the U.S. importing fresh beef from Brazil is “the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of.”The southern California large animal veterinarian believes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement Aug. 1, that the Food Safety and Inspection Service approved Brazil to ship fresh beef to the U.S. will put the domestic livestock herd at risk
Published: August 11, 2016
The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo in Castle Rock, Colo., opened its 98th year with an expanded schedule during the first weekend, July 30-31. With more than a 25 percent increase in attendance from last year’s fair, organizers wanted to provide more activities and entertainment in 2016, and the fair’s opening weekend seemed like the perfect spot to do it.
Published: August 9, 2016
If you want to catch a glimpse of a real cowboy, here are 10 places not to look.10. Mercedes dealership — Although I don’t hang around such places myself, I doubt a Mercedes is the cowboy’s dream drive. I don’t even think Mercedes makes a pickup, do they? Although I did write a story once about a cowboy who had
Published: August 9, 2016
Yep, I’m purty darn sure a change is in the wind my friends. How do I know? I know because change is constant. It’s very hot on this Saturday, the last one in July that I put this column on paper. It’s been really hot for many, many days.It’s supposed to be hot in July and August but it doesn’t
Published: August 9, 2016
The crowning of a new rodeo queen is a tradition at the Boulder Valley Fair and Rodeo. There is an exchange of ceremonial chaps, the passing of a crown.This year, though, the chaps and sash were draped over the saddle of a horse with no rider. The crown that would have been passed to 2016 Lady-in-Waiting Ashley Doolittle was handed,
Published: August 9, 2016
“Truly a beautiful day to be movin’ cows to summer pasture,” observed Steve’s boss. Satisfaction wafted off him in gently rising curls. Steve wiped a streak of green off his pant leg with a flat stick.They’d loaded the cows in a hired semi and the calves into a converted hay wagon. This wagon had rubber tires, a long tongue and
Published: August 8, 2016
When Cheyenne Frontier Days expanded the new chutes in the east stands, it was faced with the dilemma of how to accommodate historic Chute 9 into the numbering system. They now had five north chutes and five south chutes to bring the total to ten bucking chutes. Historic chute 9 for the timed events was going to be lost if
Published: August 8, 2016
For 120 years, Cheyenne Frontier Days has served up rodeo entertainment on a big scale. Along the way, its distinctive buckle for winning the rodeo has become a coveted prize for professional competitors in the sport.From rookies to veterans with decades of experience, more than a thousand contestants anted up in 2016 for a chance at rodeo glory and a
Published: August 8, 2016
Two old rocking-chair cowgirls, Thelma and Louise, sat reminiscing and rocking on Thelma’s front porch. Now Thelma’s house happens to be on Main Street. Main Street’s business section is only two blocks long, plus the Lariat Laundromat in the third block. Thelma’s dwelling is next to the Laundromat. Her porch is a mighty fine place from which to reminisce about
Published: August 5, 2016
It may come as no surprise to longtime readers that my family and I are moving again. I think this makes five moves in the last seven and a half years. Since I started writing this column I’ve lived in two towns in Kansas — Hays and Scott City — Granbury, Texas and then our current location in the middle
Published: August 5, 2016
The dates for county fairs, and 4-H achievement days are getting close or already here.Hundreds of volunteers from fair boards to 4-Hers to parents are hustling around getting the fairgrounds ready for the big time. True, by some standards the “big time” is mighty small, but to those who put their hearts and souls into it, the fairs are a
Published: August 5, 2016
Judge Shane Bedwell paced slowly between the last remaining cattle, stopping occasionally to take a closer look at a potential grand champion.He had narrowed it down to just a few that could take home the first-place title.Bedwell was judging the Weld County Fair’s market beef show July 29, which had 86 entries.After a short speech to the audience and a
Published: August 5, 2016
I’ve made myself pay attention to the habits, actions and reactions of critters these past few years. Gentle readers, it’s been kinda fun to discover some things I have not been aware of low these many years. I have an old jackrabbit that I call Jack (how clever is that?) that hangs around the back yard and in the pasture
Published: August 5, 2016
Many Nebraska producers hire custom operators to perform machinery services for their farms and ranches across the state. Prices for these services become more critical as profit margins tighten with lower crop and livestock prices. Findings from the survey, conducted every two years, divide the custom operations performed in Nebraska into two major sections. Part one includes spring and summer
Published: August 4, 2016
All three mosquito trap zones monitored by the Weld County Health Department contained mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus. Each zone contains five strategically placed mosquito traps — for a total of 15 mosquito traps — and is monitored on a weekly basis. Mosquito traps in neighboring Boulder and Larimer Counties have also tested positive for West Nile.So
Published: August 4, 2016
The Weld County Fair’s Western Horsemanship event helped kick off the Weld County Fair July 26 at Island Grove Arena in Greeley, Colo.
Published: August 3, 2016
We could all learn a thing or two from the eco-extremists who worship trees and owls, but hate people. Instead of fighting them we should join them. We’ve got plenty of endangered species in agriculture that need preserving.I’d be willing to bet there are fewer Hays Converter cattle in this country than there are spotted owls, and yet nobody is
Published: August 3, 2016
Meatless Monday… What kind of person would think something like that up? The same kind of people who would support Breathless Tuesday, Whistleless Wednesday or Jalapeñoless Cinco de Mayo? It is the same cloudy-headed, “we know what is best for you” starry-eyed finger-shakers that have brought us rubber chickens and the Ice Age of the 70s. Surveys and trials that
Published: August 2, 2016
When Randy Calhoon was young, he had a government job welding nuclear missiles. It was right after the Vietnam War, in which he’d tried to enlist several times, but he was too young and got caught.After traveling around the Plains to work on different sites, Calhoon realized the gravity of the weapons he was building. He decided he didn’t want
Published: August 2, 2016
The Cinch Shootout is in its third year at Cheyenne Frontier Days. This year was an invite-only event to bring the best-of-the-best to compete against each other on the best stock in a two-round event with a winner-take-all purse of $10,000.There were five events for some of the best bareback riders, barrel racers, saddle bronc riders, steer wrestlers and bull
Published: August 2, 2016
Clair Orr’s den, or haven as his wife Deb calls it, is filled with books. Gold-filigreed spines from antique anthologies shine from packed shelves. One shelf is full of photo albums with his three daughters’ names written in permanent marker on the bindings.Small statues of historical figures sit in front of the books or on rare empty shelf space. Abraham
Published: August 2, 2016
Running cattle on Harding County grasslands has been a part of the Painter Family legacy since 1895 when great-grandpa, Lewis Levi Painter, rode the open range as a horse wrangler for the CY Cattle Company of Texas.“He ran a few cows with the main herd and squatted on this land until about 1910 when he filed homesteading paperwork,” explained Lewis’
Published: August 1, 2016
Dawn Swanbom originally wanted to raise goats so she could make goat cheese. After a few too many failed experiments, she realized she was an awful cheese maker, and was left with a freezer full of goat’s milk and broken dreams. That’s when her daughter suggested she make lotion out of it. With a freezer full of milk, a farm
Published: August 1, 2016
Colorado corn to hold meetingsColorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend an upcoming District 3 and 4 meeting, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues affecting the industry. The meeting will be at noon for District 4 and 7 p.m. for District 3. Both meetings will be
Published: August 1, 2016
A few weeks ago I joined 300 other writers at Western Writers of America, held this year in Cheyenne. Nearly one-third of the attendees were there for the first time and most of those were also new members of the organization. An important part of these gatherings are the field trips to area historical locations which this year included Fort
Published: July 29, 2016
Oh my...would you believe gentle readers, that the very next day after my column concerning abuse to my poor mailbox, the phantom returned during the night and punished that mailbox again! Good grief Charlie Brown, what gives here? Could it be the fan-tom of the mailbox caper or the phantom or both? Yep, I had it beefed up pretty darn
Published: July 29, 2016
Protecting a sweet corn patch from marauding deer and raccoons is a constant problem for both hobby gardeners and commercial sweet corn growers. Squirrels and field mice are almost impossible to control in a corn patch in my experience.Over the years, growers have come up with novel new ways to keep their sweet corn for their own use and out
Published: July 29, 2016
Ford Super DutyAll-new aluminum body F-Series Super Duty can tow heavier trailers and haul heavier cargo than ever before. Maximum gooseneck towing capacity was raised to 32,500 pounds on F-450 SuperCrew 4×4, fifth-wheel towing capacity boosted to 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to 21,000 pounds. Maximum payload is now rated at up to 7,630 pounds. These new weights puts Ford
Published: July 29, 2016
For some reason I’ve always really liked elderly folks. I think it’s because of how much they know. After all, they are well into the back of the book of this big adventure, where all the answers to life’s questions are.One of the most remarkable and inspirational people I’ve ever met certainly qualifies as an old person. Lavinia is 100
Published: July 29, 2016
Anyone who thinks the Larimer County Fair is a two-week event is underestimating by about 350 days. Just ask Richard Rule, operations supervisor. He’s worked for 10 years at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colo. — where the Fair is held — and has been operations supervisor for the past four. In addition, Rule has been a volunteer for
Published: July 29, 2016
Cal Sidwell, surrounded by friends and family, hunched over to give his sheep a tight hug shortly after being announced Overall Market Reserve Grand Champion on Thursday afternoon.“Good job, Ferris,” the 10-year-old whispered to his animal with an ear-to-ear smile.It was the Gill boy’s second year participating in the market and breeding sheep show as part of the Weld County
Published: July 29, 2016
Marissa Bartmann remembers going to 4-H meetings in Windsor for her brother when she was a little girl. She was just a Cloverbud, the youngest of the 4-H members, back then. Seeing the Weld County Fair, Bartmann was hooked. She knew she wanted to be part of it. She wanted to ride horses.“Mom said, ‘you’re not old enough yet, you
Published: July 29, 2016
Wearing a bright pink button-down top and a hot-pink ribbon in her hair to match, Kashley Hayden led her goat out of the show arena Wednesday. The brilliant color went well with her newly awarded purple grand champion ribbon.It was the 11-year-old’s first year showing her own goat at the fair, but the work she put into it gave her
Published: July 28, 2016
On the worst day of Greta Horner’s life, she was dressed in a burlap robe, waiting by the window for her husband to come home from work.The couple was down to one car. The other one was in the shop. She donned the costume for a play, set in Old Jerusalem, later that morning, part of vacation bible school at
Published: July 27, 2016
Barrel racing is an extremely popular event. The only event that generates more boisterous enthusiasm is Mutton Bustin’. Everyone loves to see a running horse, and the incredible equine athletes generate a tremendous amount of speed between barrels. When they get to a barrel, they turn without seeming to slow down and head off in a new direction. Go fast,
Published: July 27, 2016
Mike Gebes’ wheat is in the bins. Most years, that wouldn’t be remarkable, but it took 70 friends and neighbors just four hours to harvest his 270 acres—a job that neighbor Heath Morrison estimates would have taken Mike about a week.On Sunday, July 10, a neighbor’s field caught fire and Mike left his own field to disc a fire line
Published: July 19, 2016
In the world of rodeo, cowboys usually fall into one of two categories; rough stock riders or timed event men. Each looks on the other with suspicion. Bronc riders can’t imagine havin’ to drag a horse and trailer all over the country and ropers think bull riding is uncivilized.Jack and Russell entered the punkin roller at Bokchito, Okla. They were
Published: July 27, 2016
Janet Baker takes all of her grandsons on a vacation when they turn 10. Kason Baker is only 9, but he’s mature, she said. He was ready for the adventure early. They had just flown in to Colorado from Virginia. While Kason looked for dinosaurs hidden within the displays July 21 at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, a much bigger
Published: July 22, 2016
The wheat harvest in the New Raymer area was going well. A massive thunderstorm July 17 changed that.“It was pretty devastating,” New Raymer wheat farmer Jim Mertens said of the storm. “It’s definitely going to affect the harvest because there’s only half as much wheat out there now.”Mertens grows wheat, corn and millet. Both the wheat and the corn were
Published: July 25, 2016
Current dry conditions make field fires a very real concern. Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist encourages folks to conduct maintenance checks before heading to the hay field to reduce the risk of fire.“Dry conditions this year have reminded many how quickly fires can ignite causing damage, destroying equipment, future feedstuffs and potentially putting lives at risk,” Erickson said.
Published: July 25, 2016
A letter to heaven addressed to Martha Ann Jones Hanks, aka, “Little Miss Martha.”Wow, Martha it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 14 years since the cancer took you away. Then again, sometimes it seems like only a few months ago. I have so many questions for you and I bet I already know the answer to most of
Published: July 25, 2016
I love fan mail — especially fan mail that includes an absolutely great funny story from that occurred back in the days of my youth, or before. This piece of snail mail comes from ol’ U. Ken Belevitt, who either lives or used to live in Bird City, Kan., — a place where I’ve spent many a fine fall or
Published: July 25, 2016
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory diagnoses many kinds of illnesses throughout a given year, but the one witnessed frequently this past spring in cattle was lead poisoning.“Lead poisoning is the No. 1 poisoning we diagnose in the diagnostic lab,” said Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations with the lab. “This past spring, we
Published: July 25, 2016
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $20 million, Nebraska-based research effort to improve crop productivity.Funded with a five-year award from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, this new project draws upon a range of expertise in Nebraska. UNL is teaming with scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska at
Published: July 25, 2016
Dorothy Zabka collected things.a She had more than 40,000 pens and pencils, some with bright feathers extending from the end, and some with names of businesses and places she’d been etched into the sides. Many of these pieces of her lifelong collection still line the walls of her now-lonely office at Martin Produce.When Zabka saw people she cared for in
Published: July 25, 2016
Recently my family bought a camper. I was on the phone describing it to my mom, as she asked, “You mean, there’s a wall right there? The bed folds down – how?” So I said, “Hold on and I’ll FaceTime you.” In less than 10 seconds, I was giving her a tour via my iPhone. We were separated by 450
Published: July 25, 2016
Let’s compare two small towns and how their retail outlets do business. Town A has a population of 3,700 and is on a steady decline shown by a loss of 15 percent since 2000, and Town B has 990 residents with a 27 percent increase during the past 16 years. Both have an arts community, hard-working, diligent volunteers as well
Published: July 25, 2016
Common mullein is a biennial — two-year plant — on the C list for noxious weeds. The leaves are very fuzzy with tiny hairs. These plants send up a single flowering stalk. The yellow flowers have five petals. A plant may produce 100,000 to 180,000 seeds. Seed viability is 35 years to more than 100 years. Common mullein was introduced
Published: July 25, 2016
The animal pens, booths and stands at Island Grove Event Center are more than they appear — they set up a social space for Lauridson kids. The youngest, Sydnee, 8, said she and her friend, Carson, check out the booths and items for sale.That, and pick on Carson’s older brother.And Sydnee isn’t the only Lauridson who enjoys play in the
Published: July 19, 2016
In feast or famine, at least examine the game we came to play ‘Cause win or lose, it’s how we use the card that come our way... “Just let’er rain,” the rancher said, “We’ve built up quite a thirst. I know the low road’s plum washed out, the tank dam’s bound to burst. We’ll have to plant the wheat again
Published: July 19, 2016
John Schweizer has farmed in the Rocky Ford area since horses were used to pull plows. As a child farming next to his father, he watched crops shrivel in the fields when summers were hot and water was scarce. Even then, years before the farms around him were bought and dried up by municipalities during drought years, water was precious.Schweizer
Published: July 15, 2016
The 2017 Miss Rodeo Colorado competition was going to be Kelsie Winslow’s last. The competition is not open to women over the age of 25, and the Pierce native is 24 this year. For Winslow, this meant she had one last chance at completing a lifelong goal.She’d made some hard decisions, she said in a 90-second speech to pageant judges.
Published: July 19, 2016
Keenesburg farmer Marc Arnusch had barely started harvesting the wheat on his farm when he knew it was one of the best crops he’d see in his farming career.While that’s a relief for any farmer, it was bittersweet for Arnusch. “We’re going to need it,” he said. “We need to produce about twice as many bushels as we did a
Published: July 15, 2016
A hard-working, kind-hearted, black and white dog looking for a tank of water to cool off in is a familiar sight on many ranches and sheep outfits. Border collies are one of the most common dogs on livestock operations, earning their keep by saving cowboys, herders and horses many miles. However, in the competitive world of sheepdog trials, the talent
Published: July 19, 2016
Sometimes I wonder why I want to live in the country. In reality, living in town is a much easier existence — especially since we are just renting. The number of chores to do around here is relatively small. Other than the unavoidable and thankless tasks of dishes and laundry that are common in any home, there is isn’t much
Published: July 19, 2016
The Ochsner family is grateful. As they continue to inventory burned acres, bury dead cattle and try to put out a smoldering silage pile, they keep returning to how thankful and grateful they are. The Ochsner Ranch, a five-generation, family-run operation known for their registered Hereford and Angus bulls, was in the path of a wildfire that burned through eastern
Published: July 19, 2016
A signature from President Barack Obama is all that remains to pass a national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms.The GMO bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives July 14 with a 306-117 vote — less than a week after the Senate approved it, 63-30. The bill was proposed to create a national standard for GMO labels, instead of state-by-state
Published: July 15, 2016
While cows probably don’t wonder where their next meal will come from, it is a topic that consumes many ranchers’ thoughts year-round.Neal and Amanda Sorenson of Powder River Ranch, at Spotted Horse, Wyo., purchase hay most years. “We try to buy good quality hay that doesn’t have weeds, since we don’t want to bring in weeds to our ranch,” Neal
Published: July 15, 2016
Kansas State University was one of 13 prominent research institutions in the United States that joined the SoAR Foundation to call for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” a report released by this coalition, highlighted recent scientific innovations and illustrates how U.S. agricultural production is losing ground to China and other global competitors.“The
Published: July 15, 2016
It won’t untip a barrel or slip a wayward head loop around a neck, but instant replay gives rodeo athletes the chance to challenge a split-second judgment call made by the officials.The Elite Rodeo Association is the first to implement the policy, said their spokesperson.“This is the first time in rodeo that because of the use of cameras at each
Published: July 15, 2016
It’s hard to ignore an article titled, “Meat is horrible.” Written by Rachel Premack for The Washington Post, the op-ed opens with the line, “It may be delicious, but the evidence is accumulating that meat, particularly red meat, is just a disaster for the environment — and not so great for human beings, too.The article is riddled with so much
Published: July 15, 2016
I would like to make a deal with you. I’m not sure we have met, maybe, maybe not, but I’m ready to holler “calf rope!” Yep, I have reached the point where I would just love for you to call me, and heck, I’ll even buy your breakfast if you like. You can finally start barkin’ at me and just
Published: July 15, 2016
I recently received this email from a old rodeo aficionado friend this morning.“Milo, I have two tickets to the National Finals Rodeo next fall, but just realized I’m getting re-married that day and can’t go.”“If you’re interested in going in my place, it’s at St. Paul’s Church and her name is Gertrude.”Now that’s a real rodeo fanatic.•••A henpecked old farmer
Published: July 15, 2016

Result Type: News Stories | Classifieds

Can't find what you are looking for? Refine your search.

Date Range: All Results | Past Week | Past Month | Past 90 Days | Past Year | Custom Range
From:
To:
Go

Search archives for this publication only go back to 2006

Sort Results: Newest | Oldest