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Make your own plan

The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way back then others began working with and domesticating animals that have evolved into present-day hogs, cattle, sheep, chickens and other livestock.

November 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Farmer led committee seeks innovative research proposals

Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association for the 2017 fiscal year.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

A big disease problem in cattle this fall season: anaplasmosis

This year, confirmed cases of anaplasmosis throughout Kansas and beyond are at some of the highest numbers veterinarians have ever seen. With the high incidence of cases, it is important for cattle producers to be aware of what causes the disease and how it can rapidly spread through herds.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Fall chores

As a child, you may have fond memories of playing in freshly raked piles of leaves on a crisp fall afternoon. As you get older, and become the person raking up the pile of leaves, the joy may fade. One recommendation that has started gaining popularity is just mulching the leaves into the lawn with your lawnmower instead of picking them up. Here is a little more information from K-State Research and Extension about the practice.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Farm Bureau farmers and ranchers to meet in Manhattan

More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 7-8 for their organization's 97th annual meeting.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 2 – Temperature & Wind

Last week's column focused on humidity. This week focuses on temperature measurements with emphasis on agriculture. However, instead of two parts devoted to this topic there will be three with next week's focus on where the long-term data comes from and what it tells us. First we'll briefly discuss the temperature measurements everyone is familiar with.

November 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Relax bacon lovers

The key to a healthy diet is to eat a variety of foods including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruits – all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much.

November 08, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

KRC 2015 Farm & Food Conference registration deadline Nov. 9

Nov. 9, is the official registration deadline for the Kansas Rural Center's 2015 Farm and Food Conference, which will be held Nov. 13-15, at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. After Nov. 9, call 866-579-5469 to see about available space.

November 08, 2015 | | Agriculture

November fertilize

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 08, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 1 - Humidity

As the old say goes, "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." For those in agriculture it should be changed to "but farmers and ranchers live it." Fall harvest is wrapping up. Almost all of the 2016 wheat crop is in the ground and much of the area has experienced freezing temperatures at least briefly. We have access to and are bombarded with weather forecasts and data through all types of media. But how many of us really know where these facts and figures come from and what the terminology means? And those in agriculture, especially ...

November 08, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Student teachers learn about agriculture

Inside the Kansas State University classroom all eyes were riveted on the guest speakers. By the end of the two, one-hour training sessions the future teachers were well equipped to tell the story of the state's number one industry.

November 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas State University researchers studying ways to combat deadly swine virus

Kansas State University is flexing its research muscle in swine nutrition and grain science in hopes of taking out a deadly virus that is said to have a 100 percent mortality rate in piglets less than 7 days old.

November 01, 2015 | | Agriculture

Houseplant care

By now, most houseplants should be inside for the colder winter months. Did you know that acclimating them to their new environment is important to their overall health and wellbeing? By slowly moving them to their winter home, you will help your plants stay healthy overall for the colder, low sun months of being indoors. I found a column from Ward Upham that explains a little bit about one reason it is important to go slowly when moving your plants from their summer spot to their winter one. On Nov. 4, I will be speaking about houseplant care throughout the ...

November 01, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Is a Career In Agriculture For You?

Not so very long ago choosing a career was fairly easy, especially before the Industrial Revolution. The majority of Americans lived and worked on farms and were involved in some aspect of producing food, fiber, and fuel. Sons often followed in their fathers' footsteps. Women's choices were even more limited than men's. Go back a bit further and careers were typically passed down from father to son. Many of our common surnames such as Smith, Cooper, Miller, even Wainwright, reflected the profession of the male members of the family.

November 01, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Farmers to receive documentation of USDA Services

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

October 25, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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