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.
As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, K-State Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas. Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.
I have had many calls lately with concern over leaves on trees turning brown at the edges. Much of the time, this is attributed to our erratic weather we have been experiencing lately. I found a short column by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture expert that explains leaf scorch a little more, as well as a few tips to help your tree recover from the damage.
A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of high-volume Chinese sorghum buyers was in Kansas this summer as part of a tour aimed at further developing and strengthening relationships between Chinese sorghum buyers and U.S. suppliers. One of their stops was in Lyons.
After the last week it is likely safe to say the area has received its fair share of moisture which hurt finishing up wheat harvest but is certainly a boon for summer crops (and weeds), pastures, and wildlife. Also today, the Barton County Fair wraps up so everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to put it on and/or participating, especially the 4-H participants and their parents. A significant topic currently in agriculture is labelling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products and content labelling in general. This column has previously discussed at length GMOs so we will skip that.
It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.
The LDP or Loan Deficiency Payment will kick in when the LDP Rate goes below the Barton County Loan Rate of $3.14. The LDP Rate is based on the average of the Texas Gulf and Kansas City Terminal Markets, not the local market price. You can go to www.fsa.usda.gov website and click on the Daily LDP Rates and PCP Data to obtain the LDP rate for that day.
Tomorrow is Independence Day, a day to celebrate. For most it's a day at the lake, a barbecue, and definitely fireworks. Hopefully, we all take a moment to reflect on what happened two hundred and forty years ago and perhaps contemplate politics in 2016. Finally add the importance our agricultural heritage to the mix.
All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, making sure their GPS works, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.
June 25, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
First generation farmers Geoff and Jenny Burgess of Burgess Hill Farms may have grown up more than 4,000 miles apart, but their passions for agriculture closed the distance. Geoff came to Sterling from England in 2000 on an agricultural exchange program and ended up doing custom harvest for about three years. Four years after meeting at a local restaurant where Jenny waitressed, Jenny and Geoff decided to unite their dreams of farming by getting married and starting their own farm.
The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 12th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The presenter will be Rich Llewelyn, Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University.
After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been good to excellent and the overall quality of the crop, test weight and protein, is good. Protein levels could be higher for many but that lower protein is a result of higher than anticipated yields. More nitrogen, and for some sulfur, would have increased protein levels but with the tough conditions of late winter/early spring it's understandable producers were cautious. It's June 26 today and after maybe taking a deep breath and ...
June 24, 2016|
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