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Worry less

Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."

June 04, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute provides online resource for upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive changes

Striving to provide the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes in regulations related to the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University is offering a new online resource – for free.

June 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


June is Kansas Dairy Month

Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy regions in the United States, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to celebrate our hard-working dairy farmers during the month of June as the Governor has proclaimed it Kansas Dairy Month.

June 04, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Waterlogged soils

With all of the rain that we have experienced lately, there has been some concern over how much water a plant in the landscape can handle, and for how long of a time period. This week, I found some information from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that discusses waterlogged soils, and answers some questions you may have about your turf, trees, and vegetables during this rainy time.

June 04, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part I

Since wheat harvest is a little ways off, let's take some time to consider one of the next big things in crop production – Cover Crops. This has become much more than the interest of a "fringe" of crop production (organic farming and sustainable agriculture) and has entered the mainstream with Research and Extension along with the NRCS conducting research and promoting adoption by producers. The actual movement for cover crops really started around forty years ago with the organic/sustainable agriculture movement and has slowly gained acceptance in many quarters. This week, we briefly examine what a cover crop ...

June 04, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never forget

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead – young, old, male and female – tell a story about the community.

May 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm season grasses

June is the time to fertilize warm-season lawn grasses such as bermudagrass, buffalograss, and zoysiagrass. These species all thrive in warmer summer weather, so this is the time they respond best to fertilization. The most important nutrient is nitrogen (N), and these three species need it in varying amounts.

May 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


2016 wheat harvest and loan deficiency payments

The 2016 wheat harvest is approaching, and producers should keep in mind the possibility of a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) may exist. A loan deficiency payment can come into effect when the price of wheat nears the county loan rate. The 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat loan rate for Barton County is $3.14. To be considered eligible for an LDP, producers must have form CCC-633EZ, Page 1 on file at their local FSA Office before losing beneficial interest in the crop. Pages 2, 3 or 4 of the form must be submitted when payment is requested. As of May ...

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Official Start of Summer?

First, before today's topic, let us all take a moment to remember all of those whose gave their lives protecting our country and freedoms as well as those who lost their lives protecting us in our everyday lives. Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer yet there will be stories on June 20th marking it as the official start of summer. Which is correct? The reality is that both are. The question is why?

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The farm and ranch community

A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.

May 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low levels in Barton County, but it is a good idea to keep a lookout. While flag smut does not have an effect on the quality of the grain itself, it is an export issue with several countries so it can affect the economy. This week, I have found a short Q and A that goes over the importance of flag smut and how to control it in the coming years. If you do suspect that ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Is Conventional Agriculture “Safe?”

Before starting today's topic, Kansas reached a bit of a milestone this week. As of this past Tuesday not one square foot of the state is listed as being abnormally dry by the National Drought Mitigation Center located in Lincoln, Neb. In fact, except for a tiny slice of the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma, the region, including Nebraska, is in great shape for soil moisture heading into wheat ripening and harvest and the planting of the region's summer crops. But as always, producers realize this condition can change fairly rapidly. However, the forecast through June is for above normal ...

May 21, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Unspoken values

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

May 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2016 wheat crop is following the old adage that the plant has to die nine times before it comes to harvest. As in last year, the rains came late to the fields, and at some point, people were wondering if there would be much of a crop. The rains did come, and the wheat flourished with it, but with the rains came the diseases. Rust, smut, and scab have been found in fields. Some varieties of wheat have responded to the pressures better than others as can be seen in the two wheat plots that K-State Research and Extension ...

May 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Efficiency And Agriculture

Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many this accomplishment required much more than simply attending classes and studying. Colleges such as Barton serve a diverse student population. There really isn't a typical profile for a Barton student. Many balance work, family, and other responsibilities with academics. Congratulations to them and all the area graduates from our high schools and other institutions of higher learning.

May 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

March 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


New commissioners elected to Kansas Commodity Commissions

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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