Sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed in Barton County and many other counties in Kansas. Populations first reported in Sumner and Cowley counties have reached threshold levels (30% of plants infested with visible signs of honeydew on leaves) and are being treated with insecticides. Scouting fields early will help determine the need for an insecticide application before losses occur. Treating too soon may increase the need for additional insecticide treatments later, as populations can rebound based on immigration events. Scout often, as densities can change quickly. Report any infestations in new counties to your local agent or using http://myFields ...
Another summer is essentially over with Labor Day just around the corner. A sure sign summer is over is the start of another school year. Barton Community College starts this Wednesday with another crop of incoming freshman in the agriculture program. But let's take a step back and examine what education it takes to succeed in today's agricultural environment as a farmer and/or rancher.
August 13, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Since I first bit into my first Buffalo wing in the early '70s I've loved eating the spicy, tasty treat. I was back east visiting an old Army buddy, Steve Devaux, who lives in New York. He took me to a bar that served the wings up right.
August 06, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and Kansas State University will celebrate their 50th ranch management field day in the ongoing series August 15 at Bar F Farms near Larned. The field days started in 1997 at the Bluff Creek Ranch near Ashland and have continued for nearly 20 years, with ranchers all across the state opening their gates for tours and educational sessions on various industry topics.
Believe it or not, fall is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to plant the 2017 wheat crop. Right now many producers are thinking about the different attributes that go into picking a variety of wheat to plant for the next year. Decisions to be made about a specific variety include disease resistance, straw strength, and drought hardiness to name a few. Other decisions that need to be thought over before planting even starts might include seed treatment options, drill performance and timing.
Last week's column was a brief review of what a commercial scale is and what is legally required for it to be used to buy and/or sell an item or product. This week, let's go over what as a buyer or seller you should expect under Kansas Statute. This applies to both the agricultural community and consumers.
August 06, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Leaders from across the state will focus on the future of agriculture this month as the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host the 2016 Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth on Tuesday, August 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Conference Center. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian Polansky, SED, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
This week's column is an excerpt from the e-Update that is released by the K-State Research and Extension Agronomy Department. Sugarcane aphid is back in Kansas, and could very well be a major issue in Sorghum fields very soon. If you think you have sugarcane aphid in your field you can contact me at 620-793-1910.