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Newer mobile phones allow farmers to send real-time re oors, including pictures and video, on what they are doing ano why, giving anyone who has an nte&apos;net connection the opportunity to peek into the life of a farmer. New tools allow farmers to reach out from the cab Continued from page 4 'Anyone Who has been away froln farming for a few years may not undel'- stand the lechnolog) awfi!able to farm- ors ioda in tile lk)rln of OPS. variable iale coillrols and n/()re. Those kinds of thilms make farnlers more efficienl." silo said. "Plus. by posting important infornlalioil on the lnl0rnel, we can clarify sornething in tile popular press or a TV sh(a and'help spread file li'utll illld direct readers to find factual infer- marion.'" Hunnicutt said one of the most valu- able compor|er|ts of these tools is they can be harnessed to add a farmer's perspective to issties involving agri- culture and food produclion. "'There are a lot ofi'n} Ills. half truths and ,outright lies ()tit there about farm- mg today," he said "These and other luternet Iools are a groat way 1o help set the record straight, and ['al'lners C;',ill parucipate arid engage right I'rom the cab." "File Nebraska Corn Board's Twit- ter page is www.Twitter.com/ NECornBoard. The Nebraska Corn Board is a self- help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn Iitrmers. Producers m- vest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in l'n'ograms of market developlnent, re- search and education. Above-average precipitation rebounds groundwater Continued fronl page 3 The eroundwater level change maps Call be downloaded free at tile School of Natural Resources Web site at http;/ Isnr un .edu/datalwateri groundwatennaps.asp. Maps froln pre- vious years are archived there, too. dating to 1954. Data for Ihe maps, graphs and re- ports are hased on recorded measure- ments from more than 6,000 observa- mm wells laken by 27 organizations, ral Resources Districts. U,S. Geologi- cal Survey, Central Nebraska Public Power and h'rigation District. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. and UNL's Conservation and Survey Division. Groundwater level change maps rely oil well readings recorded as close to April 1 as possible, before the start of the irrigation season. The full. published report. "Ne- braska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2009." (Nebraska ,explains and amplifies data presented on the maps, as well as other materials. can be purchased for $15 online at snrsales@unl.edu or at the Nebraska Maps andMore store, first floor Hardin Hall. UNL East Campus. North 33rd and Holdrege streets, Lincoln. IANR News Service is now on Twitter. Get the latest news from tile Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resouces at the University of Ne- braska-Lincoln by following us at http:/ A Special Supplement of The Superior Express and Nuckolls County Locomotive-Gazette, Thursday, January 28. 2010 Page 5 Corn prod1 c00ion staying ahead of demand In 1948. U.S. farmers planted nearly 86 million acres of corn and harvested 3.3 billion bushels. In 2009, farmers again planted about 86 million acres - but this time around they harvested some 13 billion bushels. Dramatic increases in prod\\;lotion on the salne nulnber of acres demt)n- strate an important increase in produc- lion efficiency farmers say continues today. "'What we've seen in the htst five decades is jusl incredible It's tile re- sult of significantly improved corn hy- hrids, technok)gy, equipment and man- agement techniques." said Curt Friesen. a farmer froln Henderson and member of the Nebraska Corn Board. "Our knowledge and know-how gets better every year, as do corn hy- brids, so there is no reason to believe thai corn production won'l conlJntle advancing at a significant clip," he said. "In fact. some believe that since we've unraveled the corn genome we'll see natiolml avera<,e, ,_, yields jump 40 percent or more in tile next decade and perhaps double by 2030- to 300 bush- els per acre for tile national average. ` Friesen explained this is why farm- ers believe further developing the corn ethanol industry and other uses for corn makes sense. "We're going to have the corn. so we need to continue in 1948, U.S. farmers planted nearly 86 million acres of corn and harvested 3.3 billion bushels. In 2009. farmers developing markets." he said. again planted about 86 million acres but harvested nearly 13 0illion bushels. Tile largest growth area over the last five yars for corn use has been "'Without the rowth in ethanol pro- 'Corn hybrids today tolerate stress belier lhilll ill the past. and hybrids in ethanol production, which grew front duction we'd have more COl'lq than we llll'e'braska {oi'Ii 1.5 billion bushels of corn in 2005 to an - woukl know what to do with " Friesen the research pipeline will do so even 1)I.oductioI.IL anticipated 4.2 billion in 2009-2010. said. "'Even as it is. with increased more." Friesen aid. "FJintinating Corn for feed remained in the5 billion demaud Ior ethanol, the anlotint of stresses allows Ihe crop IO fuoduce Total Bushels per to 6 billion bushel range during this corn left at tile end otihe year icnlaills closer to its potential and Ihal recalls Year Production lin|e, even thoutfll distillers grains pro-= high. about 1.6 billion bushels this hieher avcraee vields." Acre Average ducedbyethanolplantsdisphtced more year and last. ahout double wllal was The Nebr:.iska ('urn Bo,ud is at sell-. 1900 191.100.000 than I billion bushels of corn in live- lef: in 1948.'" helpprogran/, fundcdand nlzinagedh3 26 stock feed over the last year. As demand for corn for elhanol, Nebraska corll [arlners. Prt)tlucers it- 1920 242.891.000 Corn exports also rein lined in tile 2 exports, feed and other industrial rises vest in the progralll at a E.IIO of 1/4 of a 33 billionbushelneighborhoodduringthis grows in tile future, farmers expect cent perbushel elcorn sold. Nchr:tska 1940 95,489.000 time, and corn use for food-related corn yields to be growing right there corn checkoff funds arc invested in 21 products remained steady with them. programs of market devehtmlent, re- 1960 333.438.000 search and education. 51 000,500000 Meat goat trainingto be Feb. 6 productivity 85 American farmers grow five tunes II/orc cot'l] today thari they did in the 2000 1,014,300,000 Lincoln. Neb. -- Interest in raising will be el interest to those looking ill 1930s - hut on 20 percent less hind. 126 meat goats has gained momentum with raising oats for profit or acreage own- 2001 1,139,250,000   Farmers become inert efficicnt each 147 the increasing demand for goat meat in ors lookino at having, few goats as the United States. UNL Extension lS domcsticai-ed animals, year because yields per acre COl/tlntle 2002 940,800,000 sponsonn an Eastern Nebraska Meat Randy Saner, UNL Extension edu- to rise. This means Farmers will con- tlnue Io produc0 illt)l'e corn with less 128 Goat Workshop to assist those cur- cater, Lincoln and McPherson co\\;ill- Ierlilizer ;.utd other inpuls well line the 2003 1,124,200,000 rently involved ill goat production and tics, and Brian Farts. Kansas Shtle 146 future. 2004 1,3,19,700,000 others interested in learning about rats- University sheep and meat goat exten- 166 ing meat goats, slon specialist, will speak ai the work- Reducing Oil use The workshop will be from 10a.m.- shop. Both have extensive meal goat 2005 1,270.500,000 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 6. at UNL's experience and arc knowlede:able A sludy hy researchers al the Uni- 154 Agricultural Research and Develop- aboul the topics they will he present- vcrsit 3 of Nebrilska donlonslrates an 2006 I, 178,000.000 lmportanl benefit of corn-based clha- 152 merit Center near Mead at the Am, ust lng, Ellicott said. . ' " noi. Ifihc goal is lo redrice ourcounlr} , N. Christenson Research and Educa- Topics include: m Lllti-species graz- 2007 1,472.000.000 tion Building. Registration begins at rag, pa,'asite management, marketing dependence on imported oil, Ihe re- 160 9:30 a.m. and FAMACHA training a hands-on searchers estiinated the lypical co11/- 2008 1,393,650,000 The workshop is aimed at people parasite lnanagement tool ethanol system produces 13 gallons of 163 new to goat production, as well as Earlyreglsuationsrecommended. ethanol Ioreverygalhmofpclroleum- 2009* 1,584,200,000 established doat producers, said Sara More inli)rnqationavailablc online at based fuel used i1 the produclion life 178 Ellicott. UNL Extensiolv educator. It http://saunders.unl.edu/, cycle for corm elhimol. *Estimate as of Nov. 10. 2009 - e, -11 includine each of Nebraska's 23 Natu- WaterSurveyPaperNumber76)which /twitter.com/IANRNewsService. ,, "Insurance is only as good as your agent." 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