One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. 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, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.
With the unseasonably mild winter, it isn't any wonder that daffodils, scilla and crocus plants have been shooting out of the cool Kansas soil. While a cold snap could severely damage these plants, their emergence has many people thinking about spring gardening and the joys that accompany the blooming of future flowers.
April 08, 2017|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
This week's column starts tackling the macronutrients we fertilize for – Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). These are also termed Primary Nutrients as they are needed in larger amounts. Nitrogen is found in the soil as nitrate, a negatively charged ion, and ammonium, a positively ion. Phosphorus is found as a negatively charged ion and Potassium as a cation. N is the only one found in both a positively and negatively charged for. These nutrients are found in the soil solution and organic matter. Ammonium and potassium as cations may also be found on cation exchange sites. Nitrate ...
What's for dinner? This question probably gets asked in most households every night by every family member. If you are the preparer, you may even ask this question. The Women on the Farm group would like to help take the guesswork out by offering a Freezer Cooking Workshop on Saturday, April 8, at the Haas Building at the Pawnee County fairgrounds in Larned.
This week's column starts tackling the macronutrients. But first, last week saw significant rains for most of the state of Kansas. As of Thursday much of the area had received between 1.5 to well over 3 inches of precipitation with some areas of the state considerably more. Does this make the wheat crop? Of course not but it significantly improves wheat conditions which were starting to deteriorate. And this should be extremely beneficial for pasture and alfalfa conditions and help the corn crop to get off to a good start. If the weather stays seasonable, this moisture gets ...
Last week's column defined what an essential nutrient was and some ground rules. Today, will focus on a few more important concepts before discussing the essential nutrients themselves. These apply to cropland and a backyard garden or flower bed.
Small nonfarm businesses in 26 Kansas counties and neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Nov. 29, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center - West.
Things are at a bit of a standstill currently as Mother Nature can't seem to determine the thermostat setting, the wind seems to want to blow and much of the western half of Kansas waits for rain. Weather permitting, wheat ground is receiving nitrogen and herbicides. Some producers are hesitant to spend more money on their wheat crop with the price of wheat and dry conditions. Agronomically and economically, it is just as, if not more important under these conditions it to provide adequate weed control and make available necessary nutrients than under good conditions. At least those two ...
When is the right time to plant a tree? The answer is 10 years ago. When is the next best time to plant one? Well, this year! We have lost a fair number of trees over the past several years due to drought stress. Many are interested in planting a new tree, either to replace ones that were lost, or to just add beauty to their landscape.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat, in districts Four, Five and Six in the central region of the state.
Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is, this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.
March 11, 2017|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.