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Got Beef? Whip up Runza!

08/27/2013 @ 9:29am

Running through wide, open spaces.  Building forts.  Playing in the hay. Bottle feeding calves.  There’s so much to see and do when you’re a farm kid, and that’s just the way the Siecke family likes it. 

“Our children enjoy many freedoms because we live in the country,” says Shane Siecke of Madison, Nebraska.  He and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of three.  “Each child has a calf.  They learn to take responsibility as they care for their animals.” 

Farming is a family tradition, and the Siecke farm has been in the family for nearly 90 years.  Because family is so important to them, the Sieckes say they enjoy working with family-owned Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.  Shane has been a Latham® dealer for 15 years.  He’s especially excited about these new corn technologies for 2014 planting:

  • Agrisure Artesian™ - exhibit season-long drought protection to increase yield in moisture-stressed fields.  
  • Genuity® DroughtGard™ - the seed industry’s first biotech trait offering drought tolerance for fields where lack of rainfall would normally limit yields to 70 – 130 bushels per acre.  
  • Agrisure E-Z Refuge™ - performance, ease-of-handling and reduced risk for farmers speaks for itself.   

With a farm and seed business to run and active children to raise, the Siecke’s prefer no-hassle meals.  One of their favorites is Runza, a stuffed beef sandwich that originated in Russia and is as popular in Nebraska as hot dish is in North Dakota.

Runza Casserole


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Onion powder or chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can of refrigerated pizza dough
  • White American cheese
  • Sliced mushrooms (optional)

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