Kearney, Nebraska
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Nebraska farm products contribute approximately $9.5 billion in cash receipts to the U.S. economy annually. Estimates reveal one-half of Nebraska’s workforce depends on agriculture and related industries for employment. Nebraska ranks fifth among the states in agricultural exports.

Buffalo County ranked in the top eight counties in Nebraska in the production of alfalfa hay, corn for grain, beef cows and calves during the last five years.

Working for Nebraska’s largest agriculture industry, the Nebraska Beef Council represents the cattle producers in Nebraska to strengthen demand for beef in the global marketplace.

Sand and gravel, which are nonmetallic minerals, are available in commercial quantities, but metallic minerals are not found in the Kearney area. Alfalfa, another product available in the community, is shipped in powder and pellet form to other areas for use in various types of commercial feed.

Nebraskans enjoy four distinct seasons — spring, summer, fall and winter. Annual mean temperatures vary from 53 degrees to 45 degrees. Maximum daily temperatures of more than 105 degrees have occurred in the three summer months. Subzero temperatures occur about 15 days a year.

The average date of the last freeze in spring ranges from April 25 to May 21. The first fall freeze varies around October 1. The average growing season is about 150 days.

On the average, 80 percent of the annual precipitation falls over most of Nebraska between April and September. Snowfall usually increases during late winter and reaches a maximum in March. Average seasonal snowfall is 29 inches. Wind direction changes frequently all seasons of the year. Average wind velocity is 9 miles per hour. Relative humidity in Nebraska decreases as one travels west across the state and varies from 73 to 55 percent in January to 55 to 35 percent in July.

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