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.
First, let's update the drought monitor. As of Tuesday only small parts of the state were rated as abnormally dry, even with the heat of the previous week and not counting any precipitation over the last five days. Now, why discuss today's topic? Sound kind of dull doesn't it? Believe it or not the science of weighing and measuring, metrology, is vital in all aspects of your life and no more so than in the area of agriculture. Barton Community College is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture providing continuing education and testing for the scale ...
According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances for rain. We cope with heat through air-conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, finding shade, and sweating. But have you ever wondered how crop plants cope with excessive temperatures or why plants wilt? They can't hide or sweat but within limits they have very effective coping mechanisms. Please keep in mind this is the Readers' Digest version.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.
While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some may see a 10 -15 percent savings. On the average food bill, this could mean $600 - $1,000 a year.
July 23, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled with low grain prices, the Posted County Price has been below the Barton County Loan rate of 3.14, triggering LDPs.
I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.
July 16, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.
Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...
Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.