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The general store – gone but not forgotten

Years ago, almost every town had one. They served as a meeting place among friends and neighbors. You could catch up on local news and wet your whistle at the same time.

November 19, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA resumes incentives to grow the bioeconomy and improve forest health

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

November 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Prussic acid poisoning

Grazing milo stalks in Barton County is a very useful way to feed cattle after pastures have gone dormant for the season. Prussic acid can be a concern when grazing milo and it is a good idea to know how to lessen the risk of poisoning when grazing. I wanted to share this article from Sandy Johnson, North West Livestock specialist on a few things to consider when grazing stalks in this unusual fall.

November 19, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Kayleigh Bitter, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, Council Vice President served as the emcees.

November 19, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Agriculture


Where Did That Thanksgiving Meal Really Come From?

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We have just finished up the elections. Commodity prices could be better. We all need a break. So today, instead of some discussing some deep issue in agriculture or the latest problem, let's take a break and focusing on something we can almost all agree on – Thanksgiving dinner. More specifically, as we celebrate, outside of the Independence Day, the most American of holidays, we did our feast really come from? With apologies for any family or regional traditions.

November 19, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Welcome to the land of opportunity

Nowhere on earth can you invest your money more safely or profitably than western Kansas. That was the marketing pitch back in 1905 from Wise & Stern dealers in farms, grazing lands and stock ranches.

November 12, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Commodity Futures Workshop

Pawnee County Extension will be hosting a Commodity Futures Workshop featuring guest speaker Darrell Holaday. The training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov 30, at the J.A. Haas Building in Larned. A lunch and handout materials will be available to those who RSVP by Nov 23, to Pawnee County Extension at (620)285-6901.

November 12, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers aim to heighten feed mill biosecurity

They've come a long way already, but Kansas State University researchers studying the safety of animal food produced in feed mills say they've got plenty more to learn as they work to maintain safe food for animals and humans.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


How Plants Sense Their Environment

We think of plants as unsensing and incapable of reacting to their environment. It's true that they don't have a nervous system in the same way higher animals do but they do have mechanisms to cope with challenges and avoid problems. And while they don't possess glands that produce hormones like many animals, they do produce hormones that regulate many functions. Rather than go into them all let's tackle a few ways that plants sense and adapt to their environment. Today's focus is on flowering and how to avoid conditions that would prevent the production ...

November 12, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


It’s about the residue

Two, three and four decades ago, most farmers took great pride and pleasure in looking across their recently planted fields and seeing green seedlings emerging against a backdrop of black soil. That looked beautiful then. Still does.

November 05, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute adds resources for Veterinary Feed Directive changes

With a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline looming, veterinarians and producers now have more resources available to help them comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive being issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

November 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas State University scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease

Kansas State University scientists say they have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001.

November 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Chores for winter

Even though it still feels like summer outside, it is still time to prepare for winter. Having your lawn mower serviced now will help it run smoother longer and make the busy spring season a little easier. Here are some tips from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department on getting your tools ready for winter so that they are in top shape next spring.

November 05, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weighty Matters In Agriculture

One of the most important factors in agriculture and our everyday lives is something we take for granted until we think it's wrong. Farmers and ranchers in particular, from the time they start every morning until they come in for the evening deal with it. It may make the difference between making or losing money. Consumers deal with it every time they shop for a variety of items. Something that is a somewhat hidden but major factor in our lives – accurate measurements. Whether a weight, a volume, a length or width, or a count – the lives of agricultural producers ...

November 05, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Look ahead, not back

Proponents of organic, labor-intensive farming contend we should go back to the days when every family owned 40 acres, farmed with hay burners (horses) and applied no chemicals.

October 29, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Cutting wind

When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold ...

December 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency extends voting deadline for County Committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian J. Polansky announced that the deadline to submit ballots for ...

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Cattle Herd Health Meetings

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive at ...

December 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Truth In Agriculture Reporting

There has been and continues to be a great deal of buzz regarding "fake news" on social media, even having it picked up and reported ...

December 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Crop conditions deteriorate as drought invades Kansas

Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western ...

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


High pH and iron

Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in ...

November 26, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It could happen again

For the farmers, ranchers and firefighters who live in Barber and Comanche counties, the possibility of another "living, breathing fire monster" is never far from ...

November 26, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


December’s Here – Where Are We?

Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into ...

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers Union invites all to meeting

LARNED - Pawnee County Farmers Union will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pawnee County Courthouse lounge.

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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