Our beloved cornfields surrounding Hazard, Nebraska.
Image of a cornfield in rural Nebraska next to a dirt road and herd of cows
Above cornfield photo was taken approx. two miles south of Hazard in August 2000.

Picture of a cornfield featuring the tassles, ears and husks with a pivot irrigation
Hi-res image
of an irrigated cornfield. Picture taken a mile south of Hazard in August 2002.
Photo of Nebraska mascotWith more than 8 million acres of cornfields, Nebraska is known as "The Cornhusker State." Our local area is no exception as corn consistently ranks first in county crop production. Corn is cool because it touches all our lives, from corn chip snacks to octane-boosting ethanol to chicken feed. From Holsteins to humans, corn is a common favorite. Here is one of ours:

Corn Casserole Surprise
1 can (16 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (16 oz) cream style corn, undrained
1 package (9 oz) corn muffin mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 egg
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Use large bowl to mix together butter, sour cream, and egg. Stir in cans of corn and corn muffin mix. Spoon mixture into buttered 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in preheated 375 oven for 45 minutes. Add cheese & stir well. Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until dish is slightly puffed.

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