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Improving food safety: Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

June 22, 2014 | | Agriculture


Reaching our potential

If today's crop of young farmers and ranchers plan to play a part in the future of agriculture, they must position themselves where this industry will be – not where it is.

June 22, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat Harvest, Rain, and the Drought

Wheat harvest started in spots around Great Bend about ten days ago, been interrupted by rains, and slowed by high humidities. As of Thursday, the reports are pretty much what was expected with a few pleasant surprises. There was a fair amount of wheat south of Great Bend and in other areas baled, chopped, or killed off. Of the wheat being cut reports range from the teens to a lot of twentyish bushels per acre to sporadic reports of 35 and even 40 bushels per acre in select areas. Test weight reports are plus or minus 60 pounds per bushel ...

June 22, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Water meeting scheduled for St. John

Water has been a major issue in Kansas for the past several years. With the drought still looming heavily in everyone's mind, and issues such as crop irrigation, water for livestock, and watering your garden, the discussion about who has a right to the available water remaining can and has become heated. Everyone in the community have different opinions on what should be done to conserve our resources. The Kansas Water Office is compiling opinions and ideas from the people of Kansas about our water resources, and is formulating a 50 year water plan. Right now, an initial draft ...

June 22, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


God Doesn’t Make It Rain

At their convention, Texas Republicans compared immigrants to terrorists, claimed therapy can cure homosexuality, and insisted that the only thing a rape survivor has the right to choose is to stay home and raise her child. A zombie hunting for brains would have starved in Fort Worth, but the dumbest thing to come out of their convention wasn't in the program, but from the mouth of the state's next Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller.

June 20, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Agriculture


Rain, El Nino, and the Drought

First Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads reading this. While this sounds like a broken record, the rains certainly helped but didn't end the drought. The latest drought monitor map (reflects conditions through June 10) shows some improvement but the area is still in the Sever to Extreme categories. This is for two reasons. First, the area is still far behind the average yearly total for this date. Two, the drought monitor reflects soil moisture conditions. While this rain didn't help area wheat much, it was great for summer row and feed crops. This is also a ...

June 15, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Mosquito control

Over the past few weeks, we have finally been blessed with a significant amount of participation. With increased moisture, the number of mosquitos will rise and begin to plague outdoor activities in greater numbers. This is because mosquitos lay their eggs in still water, and when there is standing water in an area, the mosquito population will rise with the increased number of nurseries. Now that we have had a significant rain event, there is standing water in many places just waiting for a female to lay her eggs.

June 15, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Reach out and teach someone

Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it.

June 15, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, studying road maps and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.

June 08, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Strong showing: Quarter-scale tractor teams score high at international competition

The winning streak continues. For the 16th time in the last 17 years, a Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor team has won or placed in the top three at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

June 08, 2014 | | Agriculture


Tree health

Many of questions that come into the office at this time of year are about trees. With the severe drought, many trees are experiencing branch dieback and sometimes death of the entire tree because of the lack of water. Here is some information about healthy trees, and how to tell if your tree may need a little more tender loving care to help it survive until we are out of the drought.

June 08, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Huelskamp talks ag exports

MANHATTAN – Congressman Tim Huelskamp discussed trade issues and opportunities between the United States and Taiwan last Thursday with Jack J.C. Yang, director general of the Taiwan Consulate in Kansas City. Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS) also participated in a roundtable discussion with Yang and members from the Kansas Grain & Feed Association, Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Cooperative Council, and Seaboard Foods.

June 07, 2014 | | Agriculture


USDA, partners usher in a new era in conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced "a new era in American conservation efforts" with an historic focus on public-private partnership. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), created in the 2014 Farm Bill, will fund a number of conservation activities across Kansas. "This is an entirely new approach to conservation," Vilsack said. "We're giving private companies, local communities, and other non-government partners a way to invest in what are essentially clean water start-up operations."

June 01, 2014 | | Agriculture


Capturing the Sun

One question arising from the articles on Global Warming involved plants capturing energy and carbon dioxide. Since there is unfortunately little to write about regarding the wheat or summer crops with the exception of some rain and moderate temperatures, let's take a brief look at photosynthesis.

June 01, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Warm season fertilizing

Lately, I have been getting questions concerning weed control in home lawns. The best solution for weed control is to have a thick, healthy lawn that will not allow the weeds to take hold in the first place. One way to do this is to keep your lawn healthy by fertilizing it at the correct time. I thought that I would share a piece by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension Horticulture specialist about fertilizing recommendations in warm season lawns. This is a good column to help you know how much to use and when for the three warm-season grasses ...

June 01, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Help Wanted – Careers in Agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 17, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Summer safety

Before long, kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration.

May 17, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Study: Spring heat more damaging to wheat than fall freeze

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

May 17, 2015 | | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Wheat plot

This year's wheat crop has had to have nine lives in order to survive to this point. The stressors for this year's crop have been many including: winter-kill, drought, insects, various rusts, and mosaic diseases. The rains came late as well, leaving the wheat shorter than normal. Even though the wheat is short, and many issues have been against it, the wheat still has a chance in many places to make a decent harvest. The individual wheat varieties are responding in various ways to the different stressors that have been present this year. This is one major reason ...

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


Clinton J, Hammeke joins Membership of American Angus Association

Clinton J. Hammeke, Great Bend, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


NRCS extends comment period for Agricultural Conservation Easement program interim rule

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's (ACEP) interim rule until May 28.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


The Drought’s Over, Right?

The last part of April and the beginning of May certainly brought a change in the weather pattern. An unsettled weather pattern with heavy rains, hail, strong winds and even tornados brought much needed moisture and as this is written the end of this week is looking unsettled. As is common with this pattern, while most all areas received rain, totals have ranged from around an inch or less to close to ten inches for some. On average it appears most of the area two to three inches or more. This helps but the area is still under the average ...

May 10, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Boomin’ times

Being one of the early Baby Boomers there's plenty to talk about in my lifetime that's lasted into its sixth decade. During this wonderful, turbulent time my generation has been praised and pummeled.

May 10, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat Tour’s projection forecasts 288M bushels

MANHATTAN -- The 2015 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour was full of surprises for participants and led to a sliver of hope for producers statewide. On day three, the participants stopped at 70 fields, an increase from last year's day three total of 45 fields. The daily average was 48.9 bushels an acre, more than an 11 bushel increase from last year.

May 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


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