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Wheat Tour Day 2

After day two of the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour 2016, scouts had visited 606 stops and calculated an average yield of 48.2 bushels per acre, up from the 34.4 bushel per acre estimate in 2015.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


When Crops Are Ready To Harvest

Before today's topic, there's some good news. As of last Thursday, all of Kansas is out of drought conditions and only a small area east of here is rated as abnormally dry. That includes a sliver of Barton, most of Rice and part of Northern Reno County. Unless the weather turns of exceptionally hot and dry, everything is in position soil moisture wise for a good wheat crop. Also there is good moisture to plant corn, soybean, and grain sorghum into and provide for good early growth.

May 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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 growers looking into fungicide options. Here is a quick Q&A from Eric DeWolf, K-State Research and Extension Plant Pathologist to help answer a few questions you may have on your options.

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 drought tolerant wheat, or maybe even wheat with resistance to common pests?

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 son, Ben, overflowed with tears.

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 series of questions," said DeAnn Presley, Kansas State University associate professor of agronomy. That's where an interactive web site can be a big help.

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 cropping/livestock production strategies to minimize the risk of failure. We most often associate risk management with money, economic survival. What can we do to stay in business and make sure our operation can stay in business and hopefully turn a decent profit? Today, let's focus on another form of risk management – avoiding serious injury and even death on the farm.

May 01, 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 of Earth Day with the rest of us who live in this country.

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 help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.

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 June 2, at the Salina Bicentennial center and is open to all Kansas teachers, volunteers, out-of-school program coordinators and those interested in agriculture education.

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 trimming branches and starting to train the branches so that they have well- spaced limbs to be able to carry the load of apples in the future. These first few years of letting the apple trees establish themselves, and guiding the branches to the correct angles will help them have a long productive life for the community. On Sunday, May 1, K-State Research and Extension will host a fruit tree trimming class from 1-3 at ...

April 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | 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. Now through the end of June is an extremely busy time for crop producers and for that matter, livestock producers.

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


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


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


NAWG CEO to speak at Kansas Commodity Classic

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule will address farmers during the annual Kansas Commodity Classic on Feb. 8. The Commodity Classic is ...

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


2016 Extension Council Appreciation Award

The Extension Council Appreciation award is presented every year at our annual meeting in December to an individual or a couple who have given additional ...

January 14, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Lessons from the 1980s farm crisis

Prior to a panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis and its implications for the future, a documentary about the crisis was aired for members ...

January 14, 2017 | Tom Parker | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies Part I – Soil Testing

As this is being written, weather forecasts are calling for a wintry mess including ice. Here's hoping everyone is safe and sound with electricity ...

January 14, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wise and prudent

Are extremists in the environmental movement really concerned about the welfare of our animals, the quality of our water and conserving our planet? Could it ...

January 14, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Statewide risk assessment management workshops provides farmers with latest research

Non-convergence in futures markets will be one of the topics in the upcoming risk management workshops put on across the state by the Kansas State ...

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


New Year’s resolutions – sort of

Before we all become buried in the new year, let's look at this new beginning with a bit of humor. Plenty of people trot ...

January 07, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cover Your Acres Winter Conference

On Jan. 17 and 18, K-State Research and Extension in partnership with the Northwest Crop Residue Alliance will host the 'Cover Your Acres Winter Conference ...

January 07, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


KDA to host Agribusiness Development Workshop in Russell

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host an Agribusiness Development Workshop from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, at the Russell City Council ...

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Regional Farmers’ Market Workshops planned

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host four regional workshops in February 2017 ...

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Insects and Winter

First an update on the drought monitor is in order. Even with recent moisture, all but Northeast and part of North Central Kansas are in ...

January 07, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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