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Eli Frasher, right, has a short lead on Justin Vrooman of Hastings St. Cecilia on Friday at the State Cross Country Meet in Kearney.

Harvest in full swing

The dust and soybean stalk debris, kicked up by high winds, obscured Steve Fuxa’s combine late Monday, giving the wrong impression that the area might be dry.

Thanks to around 9 inches that fell in late September and early October, the areas is anything but dry. Windy days have helped Fuxa and other farmers are just now making progress.

“We didn’t get stuck but we made some tracks,” said Steve, who has farmed the 110 acre field for about 10 years.

Because the land is so flat, basically in a bowl, the heavy rain periods leave acres of shallow lakes. The soybeans in between produced good soybeans, about as good as last year, Steve said.

Today’s harvesting equipment and semi trailers make harvest a much faster operation than it was 40 years ago. 

“Now we can do 60 to 70 acres a day, we used to do only 20 to 30,” he said.

Soybean harvest started in a frenzy before the rain began in late September, then the farmers had to wait. Now the wind has helped to move farmers into the corn.

Bone Creek welcomes Williams exhibition

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art  is taking part of the touring art exhibition The Legacy of Nebraska by Todd A. Williams as one of the state’s 150th anniversary programs.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Todd Williams will give an artist talk, open to the public, at East Butler High School,. Williams will speak about his creation of the collection of paintings and some of the artistic principles he has found to be so successful. This program is made possible by Humanities Nebraska in partnership with Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art and the Nebraska 150 Foundation. 

Later that afternoon, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art will host a reception for Todd Williams from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the museum. The museum’s reception is also free and open to the public. The museum is one of five small museums in the state selected to exhibit a regional selection of the 123 paintings in The Legacy of Nebraska exhibition. Bone Creek's show opens Oct. 25 and runs through Jan. 8. The paintings that represent Butler County - Big Blue River Bridge and Hilltop Farm - will be on display.

The Legacy of Nebraska exhibition and educational art project is a monumental exhibition heralding the nostalgia and history of Nebraska. Internationally recognized Nebraska native, artist Todd A. Williams’s mission is to depict significant historic, geographic, and figurative elements from each of the 93 counties. Butler County is represented by two paintings.

Williams, a Central City native,  worked with historians, sponsors, and leaders in each county to help him determine significant subjects. These paintings have inspired thousands of people in Nebraska and reached well beyond the state’s borders with a traveling exhibition, a Legacy of Nebraska commemorative collectors’ art book, and a documentary film produced by NET, Nebraska’s public television affiliate. Dale's Food Pride is a sponsor of the reception for Williams.