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What is normal weather? Part II

Last week's column defined terms used in weather such as average, extreme, drought, etc. used in weather and climate. With several hard freezes, it is finally possible to say the growing season is over. Was that date of the average end of the growing season? Long-term data says to expect a freeze in Barton County from Oct. 12, in the northern part of the county until the 22nd in the southern portion. So it is close to that range. But if you think back over the years the area has seen a "light" frost during the State Fair. And ...

November 04, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Time of fall lawn chores

Fall chores for the landscape are finally wrapping up for the year, but there are still a few items on the list. If you have a cool-season lawn, November is a good time to fertilize the turf for the winter hardiness and a quicker green up in the spring. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert talks about the method below.

November 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


FSA County Committee elections to begin; producers to receive ballots Week of Nov. 6

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Terry L. Hawk announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, to ensure that their vote is counted.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Whack on the side of the head

There's an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication.

November 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA issues safety-net payments to Kansas farmers

MANHATTAN - USDA State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Terry L. Hawk, announced that approximately 100,989 Kansas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What is normal? Part I

Agriculture, like any endeavor, is bombarded with numbers and statistics. Percentages, averages, normal, total, ratings, and a variety of other terms are constantly reported and analyzed. While they may be useful, their real value is only apparent if you understand where they come from and how they are determined. One short column can hardly describe all this with adequate perspective. So today, let's start discussing weather data but first some definitions.

October 28, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Free crop imaging workshop Nov. 13

Join K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA) on Monday, Nov. 13, starting at 10 a.m.for an engaging workshop on crop imaging and crop scouting.

October 28, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


And I Quote: Pearls of wisdom

Quotations are like rare stones in rings of gold. They provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff, provide a cowardly lion with courage or simply clear away all the cobwebs from a darkened corner.

October 28, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Eat smart, stay healthy

Every day consumers can read or hear about something new concerning diets. Diets are as plentiful as the assortment of foods we can now pick from the shelves of our supermarkets. No wonder consumer skepticism about dietary advice continues to increase along with this country's collective waistline.

October 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall is a good time for soil testing

As the weather gets cooler and the growing season ends, there are still a few items that should be completed before you put your landscape to bed for the winter. Here are a few tips from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department on a few chores to complete this fall for a healthier spring landscape.

October 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Chickadee Checkoff accepting small grants proposals

PRATT - For 37 years, wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts have benefited from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's Chickadee Checkoff program through small grants. By making small grants available each year, KDWPT is able utilize the talents and expertise of people outside of the department to complete a wide variety of educational, research-based, and habitat projects, as well as the monitoring of nongame wildlife and critical habitats.

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Integrated Pest Management is they key

Let's finish up our discussion of the evolving challenge of controlling insect pressure in a changing environment while protecting that environment and providing a safe food supply. Remember, while there are well over 6 million insects species worldwide, only a handful of that number are pests while most are benign, and many in fact beneficial as predators, pollinators, etc. The key here is IPM, Integrated Pest Management, which first seeks to understand insects, their life cycles and habits, their place in the ecology, determining what to do and when in an environmentally responsible manner, and use all control methods ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support and expand this growth in the specialty crop industry, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted the first-ever Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production in 2016.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western tier of counties to as much as 6.8 inches in portions of northwest, central, and north-central Kansas. This early-October precipitation occurred after above-normal precipitation in late-September, resulting in fields with a full soil moisture profile for most of the state, but also in water-logged soils which are delaying field work.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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Farmers and ranchers of KFB to meet in Manhattan

MANHATTAN – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 3-5 for their organization's 99th annual meeting.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Test plots important for farmers

After last year, the sugarcane aphid in sorghum was very much on the forefront of everyone's mind when it came to choosing a variety ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas, agriculture and the obvious

Thursday's Tribune featured an article about the importance of agriculture to the economy of Kansas, the number of people obtaining their livelihood from some ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

This week Barton Community College along with public and private post-secondary institutions and business participated in a two day career fair in Hutchinson. According to ...

November 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


It’s about safety

While a farm or ranch can be the most wonderful place in the world to raise a family, it comes with its own special set ...

November 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Governor’s water conference focuses on water resource management

MANHATTAN - Approximately 600 attendees with diverse water interests were encouraged at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas to keep pushing ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Grazing stocks and crop residues

After the harvest comes the bounty. I'm not sure who said that line or if I just made it up, but I like this ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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