Nebraska is a very fertile state. Fields of corn, wheat and soybeans are abundant and out west you'll find fields of sugar beets. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.
Grand Island plays host to national and regional agricultural shows in state-of-the-art buildings at Fonner Park.
The annual Husker Harvest Days draws people from all over the country to see new equipment in action.
Smaller operations in the area include vineyards, a specialty mushroom farm, melon farms and more.
The Sandhills are excellent for grazing cattle. Some of the best beef in the world comes from Nebraska.
Farming is a business and the business of farming is growing; large operations are increasing while family farms are decreasing. These families work hard to maintain the honor, traditions, and ethics of farming handed down generation to generation.
There are 608 farms in Hall County, primarily crop farms with some livestock farms.
84% of the corn crops are irrigated, by furrow or pivot irrigation systems. The irrigation is done via 6,000 registered wells, 87 of which are monitored for water quality by the Central Platte Resource District. Almost half a million gallons of water per acre of corn is needed for irrigating; 80,000 gallons of water evaporates per acre
of corn on a hot July day.
Information – University of Nebraska Rural Initiative
Husker Harvest Days is an annual farm show that allows visitors to see the newest equipment in action.
Rows of mushrooms quietly emerge in Ash Gordon's inconspicuous warehouse near the airport, some for food and some for medicinal use.
Raising Nebraska is a 25,000 square foot agriculture display detailing how our food goes from farm to fork.