Friday Facts, Fun and Food

Another week down — the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Drought Monitor is showing the drought improving across Nebraska and South Dakota.  Now we just need some sunshine.

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources has a new temperature app called Climate App — it informs farmers of high and low temperatures, 7 day average soil temperatures, 1 day soil temperature, and 1 day precipitation total.

It is amazing that something as seemingly simple as corn cobs could be the future of more cost-effective biofuel production.

FSA County Committee Nominations begin June 17; the deadline is August 1.

Geotourism is on the rise, especially in rural areas.

June 8th is National Get Outdoors Day — I’m sure the farmers and ranchers reading this will not have a problem with getting outdoors that day.  The South Dakota Outdoor Expo is an official National Get Outdoors Day site; the Expo is at the State Fairgrounds in Huron on June 8-9 and a free event.

After you burn off some calories at National Get Outdoors Day, I can’t recommend these Chocolate Chip Brown Sugar Rolls enough.

Friday Facts, Fun and Food

As another week comes to a close, our thoughts are with those in Oklahoma.

Study concludes that internet access increases small farm gross income approximately $2,200 to $2,700 per year.  For purposes of the study, small farm was defined as a farm with a gross cash farm income of $250,000 or less.

Here’s an interesting post on the progress of corn planting but why we are below the record pace of planting.

The ACRE deadline is approaching quickly — the deadline to apply is June 3.

SDSU offers its drought outlook for South Dakota.

Farmers especially should consider estate planning sooner rather than later.  As part of that consideration, this is a great overview of why to involve the entire family during estate planning.

Interested in free ice cream?  Then head over to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Food Processing Center on East Campus on June 9 from 1-5 p.m.  Also available are tours of the Center’s pilot plants, as well as interactive displays on sensory testing, marketing, food safety, and more.

Want something a little different for Memorial Day weekend?  May I suggest Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken?