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Corn, bean and milo fields attract deer and other hooved animals like moths to a flame. Feedlots do the same especially during winter with extended periods of cold weather, heavy snowfall or crusty snow cover.

September 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Essential skills working in agriculture

In this past Thursday's Tribune on the opinion page there was a column by Veronica Coons. The column mentioned a firm was expanding into Hoisington and the head of the firm, which has multiple locations, was lamenting the lack of quality workers. He spoke to a lack of what society terms "soft skills" or skills in addition to those unique for a given profession. Items such as punctuality, responsibility, dedication, and so on.

September 01, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


The green bridge to diseased wheat

The weather recently provided moisture and more moderate temperatures. Good for finishing off summer row crops, except needing heat to move corn and milo to the finish line, and for those looking forward to planting the 2018 wheat crop in a few weeks. There is one added benefit that many may over look – controlling the green bridge.

August 26, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Students awarded Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates

MANHATTAN - Twenty-four students from four schools in Kansas, including Ellsworth, have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. Of these, 20 were awarded the general certificate, three were awarded the animal science certificate, and one student was awarded the plant systems certificate. Ellsworth High School students included: David Koralek III, Amy Westerman and Patrick Zamrzla.

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pre-plant wheat school offered

Farmers, are you needing to pick a new variety of wheat or having problems with weed control?

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Small movie theaters a dying breed

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I'm talking about – those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee.

August 26, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The unintended consequences of new GMO soybeans

Most of the area has received significant, beneficial rains over the last ten days. While it won't "make" the soybean and milo crops, it certainly helps. The rains are also longer lasting with the higher humidities and lower temperatures. Things have improved dramatically but we still need timely rains, warm temperatures, and an average hard frost date. Now on to today's topic.

August 19, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Rush County Conservation District will host two Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses this week. These full-day trainings will provide the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or not.

August 19, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 99th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau Association held its Annual Dinner Meeting at the Barton Community College Student Union on Aug. 10. Seventy-five members and guests were present for the presentation of the 2017 Barton County Farm Family of the Year to Brad and Andrea Birzer.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

Today's column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed the DuPont STS competition.

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit in many cases is tip blight. The past two springs we have experienced wetter than normal weather patterns that have helped this fungus gain a hold. On top of that, older trees that were compromised from the drought several years ago and have damaged root systems, and are having a hard time combating the disease.

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Sugarcane aphid reported in Kansas

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in Sumner County. Sorghum producers in Kansas should begin scouting their fields on a routine basis. More information on scouting and thresholds for treatment can be found in the Agronomy eUpdate article "Start scouting soon for sugarcane aphid" from July 7, and at the myFields web site at: https://myfields.info/pests/sugarcane-aphid

August 05, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wear a hat for safety in the sun

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

August 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-Term versus Long-Term Gain: Part I

Today's column is in the form of a two-part story. Hopefully it will demonstrate the danger in not thinking long-term and trying to identify the unintended consequences when making farming decisions. Before we start, the goal here is not to identify villains, or heroes for that matter, but the need for everyone involved in agriculture to try and think in the very long-term and critically evaluate information. And for those of us past a certain age, this is the Readers' Digest version.

August 05, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Agriculture and the insect dilemma - Part I

Corn harvest is slowly ramping up, soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves, milo fields are all over the place and fields are being prepared ...

September 16, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat

What can be done to prevent another widespread occurrence of wheat streak mosaic virus, High Plains virus, and triticum mosaic virus in wheat this coming ...

September 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Junior Livestock Show celebrates 85th year

HUTCHINSON – The Kansas Junior Livestock Show, sponsored by Cargill, will celebrate its 85th year by hosting 812 youth from 95 counties who have entered 2 ...

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


No more bacon and eggs?

I love to eat. Like millions of fellow Americans there's nothing better than food grown and produced on this nation's farms and ranches.

September 16, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The benefits of agricultural employment

While the title may sound a bit dry, the topic really isn't. This past Tuesday, the Barton Community College's Agriculture Program held its ...

September 09, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fall extension programs listed

As fall is swiftly approaching, the Cottonwood Extension District and K-State Research and Extension are planning some programs for the second half of September. If ...

September 09, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau leadership program accepting applications

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for the fourth class of Leadership KFB through Oct. 1. The year-long program focuses on creating influential ...

September 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The untold story

Whether a writer has written for 40 months or 40 years, most of us have collected, filed or shelved evidence of our work. The amount ...

September 09, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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