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Storytelling festival coming to Downs

Storytelling, as we know it, began with the advent of man and woman on the earth.

April 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat rust

With our recent rains and its welcome moisture, rust can become an issue in wheat on susceptible varieties. I thought this week that I would share a report from K-State Research and Extension agronomy on the status of stripe and leaf rust in the state, as well as an outlook on what may happen in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about rust, when to treat, or which treatments to use, KSRE has several publications for many of your questions.

April 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Essential nutrients for plants: P & K

This week's column finishes the discussion of the macronutrients known as primary nutrients Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). First though, here's hoping everyone is having a happy Easter Weekend. Second, the moisture situation continues to improve wheat and there is a chance for significant rain for most of the state over the past week and continuing into this week. The only down side is the need to get corn in the ground. And we are fortunate to have warm but not high temperatures. Now on to P and K.

April 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety offered to teens

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.

April 08, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Use your head; prevent gardening accidents

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 | Agriculture


Essential nutrients for plants: Part IV

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 ...

April 08, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Freezer Cooking class set for April 8

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.

April 01, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


After the fire, recovery begins

I know the feeling of watching the sky turn black, the acrid smell, seeing the smoke blanket the landscape and wondering why?

April 01, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part III

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 ...

April 01, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Agriculture is amazing

In case you hadn't noticed, agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear daily. This industry is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bioproducts.

March 25, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part II

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.

March 25, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Spring fever

Safe usage of herbicides and pesticides is a practice today's farmers take seriously. To apply these chemicals, ag producers must attend classes and pass tests to become certified as applicators.

March 18, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


SBA economic injury disaster loans available to kansas small businesses

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.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part I

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 ...

March 18, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tree planting

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.

March 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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USDA designates Kansas counties as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Some steps to prepare for weed control in your alfalfa

Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options ...

May 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The differences between grasses andbBroadleaves – Part I

First, more beneficial rainfall in spots this week to go along with last week. Unfortunately parts of Western and South Central Kansas received damaging hail ...

May 19, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get ...

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential ...

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across ...

May 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The frugal farmer

First, more beneficial rainfall this week to go along with last week. Did the Drought Monitor reflect much change (remember this is as of Tuesday ...

May 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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