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Sugarcane aphid reported in Kansas

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in Sumner County. Sorghum producers in Kansas should begin scouting their fields on a routine basis. More information on scouting and thresholds for treatment can be found in the Agronomy eUpdate article "Start scouting soon for sugarcane aphid" from July 7, and at the myFields web site at: https://myfields.info/pests/sugarcane-aphid

August 05, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wear a hat for safety in the sun

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

August 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-Term versus Long-Term Gain: Part I

Today's column is in the form of a two-part story. Hopefully it will demonstrate the danger in not thinking long-term and trying to identify the unintended consequences when making farming decisions. Before we start, the goal here is not to identify villains, or heroes for that matter, but the need for everyone involved in agriculture to try and think in the very long-term and critically evaluate information. And for those of us past a certain age, this is the Readers' Digest version.

August 05, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat to stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Wheat Streak Mosaic was detrimental to the western Kansas wheat crop this year.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Landscapes are under stress

The past few weeks have been brutal to our landscapes. I have been getting many calls about people's trees and grass not looking good. Most of the time, it is the heat and lack of water that we have been experiencing this July that is causing the dieback and stress. I found two short articles to share this week with you that talk about the biggest issues in the area that I am hearing about. As always, you can call me at 620-793-1910 if you have any questions.

July 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Sweltering in the ‘dog days’ of summer

In case you hadn't noticed, much of the state is mired in the "dog days" of summer. Excessive heat warnings. Abundant sunshine. High humidity.

July 29, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part III

Today's column finishes up the discussion of water erosion with how to minimize soil loss based upon the USLE, the Universal Soil Loss Equation - A=RxKxLSx CxP. To mitigate the predicted annual soil loss, A, we will briefly deal with each factor of the equation.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Essential oils can assist with livestock digestion, study finds

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University researchers have found that essential oils can play a role in livestock health.

July 21, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Prickly pear cactus once dotted Kansas

Ever hear of digging prickly pear cactus out of a pasture for 50 cents an acre?

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


Harnessing the power of Excel workshop set for July 25

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 25th. 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.

July 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Department of Agriculture responds to herbicide use complaints

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has experienced an increase in herbicide misuse complaints alleging crop damage due to herbicide products containing dicamba. KDA's pesticide and fertilizer program staff are actively investigating these complaints for noncompliance with state and federal laws, but cautions producers that these investigations will not characterize crop damage, acres involved, or estimated dollar losses, said KDA spokesperson Heather Lansdowne.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part II

Last week's column focused on the types of soil water erosion. While government help in understanding and controlling wind erosion was the focus in the Great Plains after the Dust Bowl, the focus in the eastern U.S. was water erosion. A series of research sites were set up with some still conducting research into the 2000s. The main focus was initially to determine what factors determine the degree of soil erosion and then how to control it. From this work, the Universal Soil Loss Equation or USLE was developed and it is probably the easiest, most concise way ...

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


Losing our most valuable natural resource

The Barton County Fair ends this weekend. Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to enjoy this annual tradition and support our area 4-H youth. Recently we discussed wind erosion. Today let's start examining water erosion. We may think of water erosion as more of a problem east of this area, however, water erosion is a potentially a significant problem from here to the Rocky Mountains. We think of wind erosion in our area, especially the area south of the Arkansas River, however, water erosion is a serious problem. Interestingly, because of our drier climate (less vegetation, less organic matter, and ...

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


Tips for watering trees

I have had a lot of questions lately about how to properly water trees. Even established trees need a good soak of 12-18 inches deep within their dripline when we experience hot and dry weather. I found a little bit of information that explains a few ways to help make sure your tree is getting the water it needs during the dry times of the year. As always, if you need any help, you can get hold of me by calling 620-793-1910, emailing me at aboor@ksu.edu, or coming into the office at 1800 12th Street in Great Bend.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Independence Day and agriculture

Rather than discuss water erosion today, let's take a detour in honor of Independence Day. When we think of July 4, we think of the great generals, soldiers, wars, and the sacrifice that went into establishing this country and keeping it secure for 241 years. For this column, we will briefly consider how agriculture has played a vital role in our history. This column has discussed Presidents who farmed and the importance of the USDA, Land-Grant Universities, Extension and so on to the development and security of the country. Why was/is agriculture so important in our existence?

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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The unintended consequences of new GMO soybeans

Most of the area has received significant, beneficial rains over the last ten days. While it won't "make" the soybean and milo crops, it ...

August 19, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Rush County Conservation District will host two Pollinator Conservation Planning ...

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or ...

August 19, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 99th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau Association held its Annual Dinner Meeting at the Barton Community College Student Union on Aug. 10. Seventy-five members and guests were ...

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

Today's column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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