Matt Saal, Nov. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather has still been really nice. We have had a couple of rain showers and they came pretty slow and timely — a half-inch here and a half-inch there. We have been dry and the rains have not made things really wet where guys had to stay out of the fields for a long time or cause ruts.Most of the soybeans are off but there is still some corn out. Things are definitely still ahead of schedule for this time of year. Most of the true grain guys still have some corn out but most of the dairy guys are wrapping it up. Most all of the wheat I see around here is up and looking good.This year we had to start feeding the first hay that we chopped after the first couple of weeks this summer. That is not ideal. We have one corn silage bunker with three sides on it. We actually had a pretty nice carry over from last year, but we feed it from front to back. We had to cover it all back up when we started refilling the bunk this year and we couldn’t get to the old stuff.  We made a separate pile this year to fix that problem.Ideally we like for the corn silage set for three months before we start feeding. Once it sits in the bunk for three months it stabilizes. As long as you keep the oxygen out of it, it will keep.We are adding more cows to our operation. We are widening some of the free stalls out in a building we had for the heifers. We should have it all done by the end of the year.last_img read more

Neb. Livestock Disaster Losses Mounting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — As flood waters continue to recede in the east and the dig out continues from a recent blizzard in the west, the agriculture tally from the worst disaster in Nebraska’s history may go on for months to come.The state’s Agriculture Director Steve Wellman told reporters on Monday evening that early estimates are the hit to the state’s livestock sector may be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.“We’re looking at a $400 million impact to livestock — mostly beef,” he said, “and with spring planting there will be delays. It’s hard to know what it really amounts to. As for a number of acres, we haven’t tried to do.”At the peak of the flooding, Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis said there were 79 highways closed accounting for 1,568 miles.As of Monday, that number and been whittled down to about 540 miles. In addition, there wasn’t a single flood rescue request in the state on Monday after a several-day total of 163.Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma said the state has filed a request for an expedited federal disaster declaration.“This event has been overwhelming,” he said. “We have little doubt that we qualify.”Tuma said state officials will meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in Kansas City on Tuesday, to discuss the state’s expedited application for both public and individual federal disaster assistance. This is just the second time in the state’s history it has applied for individual assistance, the first being in 2011 with the Missouri River flooding.The hope is the request will move quickly to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. Tuma said once approved, the state will begin a full assessment of the damage.“We’ve never had an event like this in the history of our state,” Tuma said.Though floodwaters are receding in northeast Nebraska, flooding from the Missouri River already has reached 2011 levels in the southeastern tip of the state.Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc said as a result of Interstate 29 closing in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri, Nebraska Highway 75 in the Nebraska City area is taking the brunt of truck traffic.In the Plattsmouth area, in the state’s southeastern corner, the Missouri River has flooded to a level already exceeding the 2011 disaster.“In Plattsmouth, it took 108 days to drop (in 2011),” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said, “and the water there now is higher.”Ricketts said though waters are receding, there still is a lot of work to do.“This is going to take a while,” he said.“Eleven bridges are completely gone. It is going to be a months’-long process. I expect you’ll see Nebraska pulling together. There also will be hundreds of homes damaged and I suspect we’ll be working (to recover) through the course of the year.”HITS TO AGRICULTUREState officials said the state’s agriculture sector is seeing many disruptions as a result of road closures.Wellman said dairies in eastern Nebraska have seen delivery drivers travel 100 to 150 miles out of the way to and from dairies. Many agriculture businesses are finding it difficult to receive supplies to continue operations, he said.At the moment, state officials are focused on flood damage to highways, and have been in contact with county officials about the extent of damage to county roads.Wellman said many of the state’s farmers and ranchers will continue to see travel disruptions on county roads.“It’s extreme,” he said about the damage. “This will be a long-term project to rebuild what’s been damaged.”Based on early assessments, Wellman said detours will cause farming operations to incur an additional $1 million per day in transportation costs statewide.As of Monday, in addition to bridges lost, Schneweis said there is about 200 miles of highways that either require repairs or complete reconstruction.“It will require significant investment,” he said. “We expect the damages statewide to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. We ask that people stay patient. We are making progress and will need more patience.”Once the flood waters recede, Schneweis said officials will inspect roadways and reopen those deemed to be safe.Getting a handle on the extent of the damage to county roads, however, may take some time.“There are some counties that might have 1,000 miles of county roads to assess,” Schneweis said.As the state begins to add up the damage to roads, he said the rebuilding plans going forward will depend on each individual situation.For example, Nebraska Highway 12 that travels over the Niobrara River in the northern part of the state was completely washed away. Prior to the devastation, the state had been studying the future of Highway 12 that has a history of flooding, Schneweis said.Now that the highway is no more, he said the state will look at perhaps making a significant investment in complete replacement.“The detour up there is an hour long,” Schneweis said.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN.(ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Share big smiles and win fun prizes with Love Big!

first_imgAdventure! Treasure! Memories! Love Big and author Kat Kronenberg are giving away 550 CATCH-M trackables and we want you to be a part of the adventure by sharing your best “Big Smiles” photos with the trackables on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #GeocachersLoveBig #contest. Love Big, a whimsical and beautifully illustrated children’s novel, demonstrates that together we can all be inspired to identify and pursue our dreams, no matter how big or impossible they may seem through a Powerful—SHHH—Secret. Keep CATCH-M, a character from the story, moving throughout the game and spreading the Powerful—SHHH—Secret. When you find a trackable make sure to log it, take a photo, and move it along to the next geocache.From February to April 2019, three photos with the CATCH-M trackable that best capture “big belly geocaching smiles” will be selected each month to win an autographed 1st Edition of Love Big. Those winners will also be entered to win the Grand Prize Author’s Visit and three additional autographed 1st Editions of Love Big. Request a free trackable at www.geocaching.com/dreambig.To order Love Big visit www.katkronenberg.com or Amazon. ABBREVIATED RULES (Abbreviated rules should be clearly and conspicuously displayed in marketing materials for the contest and along with any calls to action for contest entry.) No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 18 or older and of the legal age of majority. Contest period begins at 8:00 a.m. CT on 2/1/19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on 5/5/19. The Contest consists of three separate entry periods. For full Official Rules and entry information, visit www.geocaching.com/dreambig. Sponsored by author Kathryn Kronenberg, Austin, TX. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. This contest is in no way sponsored or administered by Groundspeak, Inc. DBA Geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAuthor, dreamer, geocacher — Interview with Kat KronenbergMarch 21, 2019In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

How to Create Hand-Drawn Lower Thirds

first_imgLearn how to add a hand-drawn lower-third effect to your next video in three easy steps.Top image via The Film Look.A fast and effective way to put a unique spin on lower thirds is to draw them yourself. Nothing screams originality like your own handwriting for a lower third animation. You can apply this effect to a number of styles and situations, including infographics, transitions, and titles. The Film Look gives us a fast-paced tutorial on how to achieve this look in Premiere while giving us some expert insight into lower thirds and transitions. Step 1. Light Your Canvas ProperlyFor this hand-drawn effect, you’ll need a large white marker board with a dark-colored marker of your choice. As you can see in the video, you can place the board under a well-lit window, or you can light the board yourself. Just make sure you light the area evenly with few to no shadows. The board needs to be white because you’ll need to invert the image in post production and isolate your drawing.Step 2. Invert the ImageTo achieve this effect, go to Video Effects > Channel > Invert. Once you’ve done this, change the blending mode to Lighten, Screen, or Color Dodge. This will allow you to choose the right blending mode for the look you’re going for.Step 3. TransitionsThis type of effect is a simple, quick, and cost effective way to spice up your next video. Don’t be afraid to get creative with this application either. You can apply the effect a number of different ways to bring life to your story.The Film Look is an invaluable resource for any low-budget or aspiring filmmaker. It offers series and one-off episodes covering audio, editing, and production tips. For lower thirds, templates, and overlays for your next edit, check out RocketStock’s extensive selection (including some freebies) covering all styles and motifs.Have you tried a similar effect? Share in the comments below.last_img read more