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  • Nebraska crops progressing nicely according to USDA

    LINCOLN (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nebraska’s two main crops of corn and soybeans appear to be in good shape. The USDA released its weekly report on crop conditions Aug. 29. It said temperatures had warmed up again and were averag...
  • Crop tour: Nebraska corn yields down 3 percent from 2010

    The western leg of the 2011 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn yields and ear populations down from averages measured in 2010. The average yield for Nebraska corn was pegged at 153.7 bushels an acre, a 3 percent decline from 2010’s 158.29. The ca...
  • Strawberry breeder to share techniques

    A strawberry breeding expert with local roots will be sharing some of her knowledge about natural strawberry breeding techniques at a special event hosted by the Ogallala Garden Club. Originally from Elsie-Madrid, Renae Robinson of Santa Maria, Calif. is...
  • No harvest delays anticipated

    Producers can expect a similar weather pattern during harvest this year compared to last year, as this will be the second year of a La Nina pattern, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln state climatologist. Al Dutcher, state climatologist in the ...
  • New dean in UNL ag division

    A geneticist with significant experience in both academia and private industry has been named dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Agricultural Research Division and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Archie C. Clutter’s broad e...
  • Nebraska corn checkoff update

    The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) in partnership with other associations will be promoting ethanol and corn usage over the next few weeks with events scheduled for the Nebraska State Fair and Husker Harvest Days. State Fair During the Nebraska State Fair, NCB...
  • Farm/ranch financial clinic planned

    Free, one-on-one, confidential consultations for farmers and ranchers are being offered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska. The consultations involve meeting with an experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor. ...
  • Leadership Nebraska accepting applications

    The application deadline for the sixth class of Leadership Nebraska is Oct. 31. The State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska program is looking for the next members for Class VI. The program continues developing a cross-section of local leaders who will use...
  • Special 9/11 program to be aired on NET

    On Sept. 11, 2011, the nation will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. NET Radio will carry live special programming from NPR, which will include coverage of ceremonies in New York City, Washingto...
  • Mealtime Makeovers...Can’t beat birthdays

    Our little boy celebrated his 5th birthday. Each year for the kids’ birthdays we have a family party and I let them pick what they want for cake. Alexa has had everything from brownie volcanos to Little Mermaid cakes. Landon has had John Deere tractor c...
  • What's Up...Seasons are changing

    By Vernon WhetstoneAmateur Astronomer Wow, it is almost like someone, somewhere, threw a switch and the daytime temps are cooler and the nighttime temps have dropped drastically, down into the 50s already. I know we still have some warm weather ahead of ...
  • Artbeat...Imperial artist displaying at gallery during September

    By Shari FriedelPCAAC Member Marcia Bauerle of Imperial has contributed a display for the public to enjoy at Meadowlark Gallery during the month of September. Bauerle’s impressive resumé includes teaching degrees in family and consumer science and K-12...
  • Cogitation...Golden hours at Golden Ours

    By Jo McCormickMadrid Resident Events and happenings within the nursing home portrayed in these writings are real but full names will not be used.   My first adventure into the world of activities was a split shift, 1 p.m.-to 9 p.m. From 1 to 5 I was di...
  • Water operators training to be held in Ogallala

    Central Community College-Grand Island will offer a water operators training session, “Back to the Basics,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Educational Service Unit No. 16, 314 W. First St. in Ogallala. The training is designed for water operator...
  • 100 disability conditions fast-tracked by SS

    By Laurie JonesS. S. District Manager Here’s some important news  if you’re applying for Social Security disability benefits for yourself or a loved one.  There are 100 conditions which qualify for an expedited process known as Compassionate Allow...
  • MPCC’s Rodeo Club to hold ‘Cowboy Scramble’ Sept. 23-24

    The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club will have a “Cowboy Scramble” fundraiser Sept. 23-24 at several locations in the North Platte area. The event will kick off with a Calcutta at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 23, at The Canteen Bar & Grille, ...
  • $1,000 prize offered in poetry contest

    A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a contest sponsored by Rainbow Poets. Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged by the contest director Michael Thomas. “We love encouraging youth in the...
  • Nebraskans support variety of economic development steps says poll

    Rural Nebraskans support having their communities take a range of steps to improve economic development, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln expert said the good news is that many entrepreneurial resources already are a...
  • Family mealtime helps kids thrive

    Sitting down to supper with children on a regular basis is a simple strategy for building a strong family. “It’s well documented that children in families that eat dinner together develop social skills, strengthen family bonds, do better in school, an...
  • Hunting for a prescription drug plan is no game

    By Laurie Jones S. S. District Manager It’s that time of year again. “Open  season” is right around the corner for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Hunting down the best plan for you is no game. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries...