Heartland Express | February 1, 2018

Heartland Express | February 1, 2018

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Carcass..................................................192.09 206.70 Western Corn Belt Base Hog Price Carcass, Negotiated ............................65.14 69.27 Pork Carcass Cutout, 185 lb. Carcass 51-52% Lean................................. 82.06 81.41 Slaughter Lambs, wooled and shorn, 135-165 lb. National ..........................NA 133.29 National Carcass Lamb Cutout FOB ........................................................ 345.37 362.34 Crops, Daily Spot Prices Year Ago 1/26/18 Wheat, No. 1, H.W. Imperial, bu ................................................................ 2.88 3.80 Corn, No. 2, Yellow Columbus, bu ..............................................................3.14 3.32 Soybeans, No. 1, Yellow Columbus, bu ...................................................... 9.23 9.07 Grain Sorghum, No.2, Yellow Dorchester, cwt ........................................... 4.87 6.58 Oats, No. 2, Heavy Minneapolis, Mn, bu.................................................... 2.96 3.01 Feed Alfalfa, Large Square Bales, Good to Premium, RFV 160-185 Northeast Nebraska, ton ...............................................145.00 166.25 Alfalfa, Large Rounds, Good Platte Valley, ton.......................................... 70.00 90.00 Grass Hay, Large Rounds, Good Nebraska, ton.........................................67.50 82.50 Dried Distillers Grains, 10% Moisture Nebraska Average ...........................67.50 150.00 Wet Distillers Grains, 65-70% Moisture Nebraska Average ....................... 42.00 47.50 Network Service Co. www.farmandranchnetwork.net Your source for ag news that affects Nebraska and the Plains region. For daily agriculture news, updates and local happenings, visit www.farmandranchnetwork.net Proud Supporters Of Custom harvesters play vital role in agricultural productivity By Robert Pore robert.pore@theindependent.com More than 800 custom harvesters from across the country recently gathered in Grand Island for the annual U.S. Custom Harvesters Convention and Trade Show this week. It is the third time they have held their show at Fonner Park. “There’s a lot of positives being in Grand Island,” said Glen Jantzen, who operates Jantzen Harvesting in Plymouth. Jantzen is one of the two Nebraskans who serve on the 2018 USCHI Board of Directors. The other Nebraskan USCHI board member is JC Schemper of Schemper & Son Harvesting of Holdrege. U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., is an association of professional custom harvesters. The organization started in 1983 in Texas. It serves as a link between the harvesters and people they work with, such as farmers, businesses and state and federal government. USCHI works to educate its membership on safety, quality of craft and information on equipment updates. Jantzen said the organization started because there were no restrictions on Canadian custom harvesters entering the U.S. That created a disadvantage to U.S. operators. “They wanted to make sure there was a level playing field,” Jantzen said. The organization added custom forage harvesters 13 years ago. That allowed USCHI to grow and expand its membership. From there, he said it evolved into an organization looking after the interests of U.S. custom harvesters. There is also a sense of family among custom harvesters. “We enjoy getting together and taking because we all have shared experiences,” Jantzen said. As a forage harvester, Jantzen does hay and corn silage. His harvest season starts in Kansas, and his crews travel as far as North Dakota and Montana. “It is an extremely demanding business,” he said. “It takes a lot of time and requires, sometimes, a lot of time gone from home.” Jantzen started his farming career as a dairy farmer. Harvesting hay and silage on his farm expanded to surrounding farms. So he let go of his dairy operation and concentrated his efforts on custom harvesting. “This organization has been a tremendous help to me,” Jantzen said. Through friendships and contacts made through USCHI, Jantzen has grown his business. New trucking rules, such as increased training for truck drivers and hours of service, have created concerns for customer harvesters. As a board member, Jantzen said one of USCHI’s main tasks is to help members navigate through state and federal regulations. Continued on page A7 Convention goers are dwarfed by a Krone BIG X 780 combine Thursday during the first day of the annual U.S. Custom Harvesters Convention in the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park in Grand Island. The convention was the first time Krone has shown this new product anywhere in the world. (Independent/Barrett Stinson) Barrett Stinson Pages......................................... B20 & B21 Kearney Map Classifieds Pages......................................... A10 & A11 Bull Bash Page........................................................ A5 Markets Livestock, Grain & Hay ........................... A4 Country Living House Plan ............................................. A3 Bull Sale Calendar ................................ B13 Angus.................................................... B11 Balancer/Gelbvieh ................................ B19 Chianina.................................................. B9 Charolais................................................. B9 Fancy Heifers.......................................... B2 Hereford.................................................. B2 Limousin ................................................. B6 Maine Anjou.......................................... B15 Pen Of 5 Heifers ................................... B22 Polled Hereford....................................... B3 Prospect Steers .................................... B23 Red Angus ............................................ B10 Shorthorn.............................................. B14 Shorthorn Plus...................................... B14 Simmental............................................... B4 Ranch Horse......................................... B16 Cattlemen’s Classic

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