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Kansas State University research drives wheat straw forward as ethanol fuel source

MANHATTAN - Wheat grown from the heartland may soon fill gas tanks.

November 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Weather and Pest Control – Part I

First a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all and safe travels to those on the road. With a holiday weekend, instead of a deep or heavy topic, let's discuss the weather. Specifically weather effects on pest control. This is a very broad topic so for today, what role do weather conditions play in the use of pesticides? This has become an area of greater interest with the continued development of genetically engineered crops for more effective weed control. This week sets up what has happened and why.

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


Master Gardener training course coming in 2018

Even though gardening season is over, gardeners themselves never stop learning, growing and giving. This is the essence of what it means to be a Master Gardener. If you enjoy learning and giving back as a volunteer, consider becoming a Master Gardener in 2018.

November 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Fat rats get cancer

It's holiday time with Thanksgiving this past Thursday and Christmas and New Year's Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of good tasting food – ham, roast turkey, bread stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie.

November 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers of KFB to meet in Manhattan

MANHATTAN – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 3-5 for their organization's 99th annual meeting.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Test plots important for farmers

After last year, the sugarcane aphid in sorghum was very much on the forefront of everyone's mind when it came to choosing a variety to plant in 2017. There were some varieties that had showed good to excellent tolerance to the sugarcane aphid in 2016, but could have a yield drag when compared to other sorghum in a year without the pest. Choosing between yield and tolerance in a year with down prices became a hot topic before planting time.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas, agriculture and the obvious

Thursday's Tribune featured an article about the importance of agriculture to the economy of Kansas, the number of people obtaining their livelihood from some aspect of agriculture, and also focused on Barton County. Directly and indirectly, agriculture and its associated industries are responsible for employing more U.S. workers than any other industry. Also this past week, KMUW public radio featured a report on a desperate lack of help for the cattle industry in southwest Kansas which may be accessed here, kmuw.org/post/labor-starved-ag-businesses-want-keep-immigrant-workers-us-legally. The focus here is that feedyards and the industry want more immigrant labor as ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

This week Barton Community College along with public and private post-secondary institutions and business participated in a two day career fair in Hutchinson. According to the sponsor, ESSDACK, there were five thousand students in attendance. The focus of this event was to expose students to a variety of career choices that many may not have known even existed and those not necessarily requiring a traditional four-year college degree. Areas short of a pool of qualified employees lacking the technical skills for good paying jobs with good benefits.

November 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


It’s about safety

While a farm or ranch can be the most wonderful place in the world to raise a family, it comes with its own special set of hazards that don't exist anywhere else.

November 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Governor’s water conference focuses on water resource management

MANHATTAN - Approximately 600 attendees with diverse water interests were encouraged at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas to keep pushing forward with implementation efforts for accomplishing regional priorities within the Long Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas to ensure our state's water future.

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Grazing stocks and crop residues

After the harvest comes the bounty. I'm not sure who said that line or if I just made it up, but I like this statement. Many of you have completed the arduous tasks of preparing, planting, spraying, and fertilizing summer crops. Corn, milo, soybeans, and sunflowers have been or are very near harvesting. To livestock producers now is the time to reap the bounty.

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What is normal weather? Part II

Last week's column defined terms used in weather such as average, extreme, drought, etc. used in weather and climate. With several hard freezes, it is finally possible to say the growing season is over. Was that date of the average end of the growing season? Long-term data says to expect a freeze in Barton County from Oct. 12, in the northern part of the county until the 22nd in the southern portion. So it is close to that range. But if you think back over the years the area has seen a "light" frost during the State Fair. And ...

November 04, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Time of fall lawn chores

Fall chores for the landscape are finally wrapping up for the year, but there are still a few items on the list. If you have a cool-season lawn, November is a good time to fertilize the turf for the winter hardiness and a quicker green up in the spring. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert talks about the method below.

November 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


FSA County Committee elections to begin; producers to receive ballots Week of Nov. 6

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Terry L. Hawk announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, to ensure that their vote is counted.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Whack on the side of the head

There's an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication.

November 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Here we go again

We will finish up the discussion of pests and weather next week. Today, let's take a detour to consider where the area is in ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Christmas tree care

Many people look forward to Christmas time and the smell of a fresh cut evergreen tree can bring back the happy memories of Christmas past ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau meeting

MANHATTAN - Last week almost 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2018 ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Often forgotten

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 ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Estate taxes threaten family farms

Smart, hard work combined with good planning increases the likelihood of a bright and prosperous future. This is considered the American way – the American dream.

December 02, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Weather and pest control – Part II

Last week's column discussed what happened with Roundup Ready® technology and the resistance problems that arose. Remember Roundup Ready® technology was developed to combat ...

December 02, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas Exercises Animal Disease Response Preparedness

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture held a tabletop exercise on Nov. 28, as the first stage of the state's annual emergency preparedness exercise ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


December programs

Winter is a time that many producers take the opportunity to learn about the latest research, and plan on how to make what they learned ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Alfalfa Production and Rotational Grazing the Focus of Winter Forage Conference

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University and the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council (KSFGC) will hold its Winter Forage Conference and KSFGC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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