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Silent sentinels on the High Plains

Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95. I was on my way to a Rattlesnake Roundup outside of Sharon Springs. While taking the back roads where I grew up, I happened upon the inspiration for the following story. While Mr. Smith is dead and gone, hardy souls and stories like his are worth revisiting.

April 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Rust in wheat

The wheat crop in Kansas is now at the flag leaf emergence stage of growth in much of southern and central Kansas. The crop is at mid- to late-joining in the west central and northwest regions of the state. The crop is generally considered to be two or three weeks ahead of schedule.

April 17, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Dealing With Problem Weeds

Last week's column dealt with the weed named the number one weed problem for 2016 – Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species. This week let's broaden the focus a bit and include not just this weed species but all common problem weeds, especially those that have developed resistance to herbicides, especially Roundup® (glyphosate).

April 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Weak Internet connectivity in rural areas hindering agricultural production

While a great many who live in the city experience a speedy Internet, some of those living in more rural areas of the United States do not experience the same luxury. Slow Internet speeds in less populated regions can prove troublesome for those working in agricultural fields.

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fowl play

Used to be every farm in Kansas raised chickens along with cattle and swine. This wasn't just country folks either. Town and city families often raised their own chickens too, especially if they lived in rural areas.

April 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tractor safety

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagaers. Agriculture is a family based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education on what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

April 10, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What Is the Number One Weed Problem For 2016?

Being "Number 1" is often thought of as a good thing. Just ask the Royals, Villanova or the Denver Broncos. Being number 1 is something earned, however, while it's because you're the best at something, it's not always a positive. Take being "Public Enemy Number One" for example. This year several publications and weed specialists have declared a "Weed Enemy Number One" for 2016 – Palmer Amaranth. Not that other weeds aren't headaches, but why single out Palmer Amaranth?

April 10, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS announces National Conservation Initiatives for 2016

Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of April 22, 2016, to apply for 2016 initiatives funding.

April 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The art of second thought

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


Farm and Expo presentations

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is back for its fifth anniversary. As in past years, in Expo 3 at noon, there will be programs for Agriculture Producers brought to you by K-State Research and Extension. This year, there will be programs on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.

April 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau's LEAD trip

April 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


How Do You Feed The World?

This past month, the country celebrated agriculture and all its contributions not just to Barton County or The United States, but really to the world. The world population is currently over 7,400,000,000 and is expected to reach 9,600,000,000 by 2050. That's an additional 2 billion mouths to feed in a little over 30 years. Currently, we are all well aware of malnutrition and even starvation in various parts of the world. The question then is can the world produce enough food to adequately feed 9.6 billion people. The short answer is yes ...

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


Producers battle herd health issues following south-central Kansas wildfire

A long road ahead is probably the best way to describe the aftermath of the Anderson Creek wildfire in south-central Kansas, particularly for cattle producers who have relied heavily on grazing as the main source of herd nutrition. Not only are many pastures burned in Comanche and Barber counties, but the cattle are facing a variety of other health-related problems following the fire, said Kansas State University veterinarian Dave Rethorst.

April 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS announces national conservation initiatives for 2016

Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of April 22, 2016, to apply for 2016 initiatives funding.

April 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Temperatures below freezing may be a concern for some Kansas wheat

Minimum air temperatures across Kansas dipped well below freezing March 19 and 20, which could pose a problem for some of the state's wheat crop, said Mary Knapp, assistant climatologist with the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.

March 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Fungicides

Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Mapping wheat ancestors’ genomes: Wild relatives of wheat contain valuable traits for wheat breeding

If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Goodbye Lorna Doone

"Goodbye, sweet girl – it's time to go," I said looking into those eyes that showed love, devotion and friendship. My eyes and those of ...

May 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas added to interactive cover crops website

Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Risk Management In Agriculture

Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or ...

May 01, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Agricultural Odds and Ends

Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers cherish their land

Farmers and ranchers strive to protect our planet each and every day. On April 22, nearly 2 million agricultural producers will celebrate the 45th observance ...

April 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


NRCS seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $15 million in financial and technical assistance available nationwide to ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Ag Foundation to host inaugural summer conference; Peterson Farm Brothers and Monte Selby to keynote

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commuity Orchard

The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be ...

April 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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