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Surgarcane aphids in Barton County

Sugarcane aphids have now been confirmed in Barton County. From reports in Oklahoma, as well as some southern counties in Kansas, this insect has a very good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. Right now, scouting your sorghum fields twice weekly can allow you to assess if you have the aphid, and at what levels. The sugarcane aphid reproduces very fast, so they can reach the threshold quickly. If spraying is warranted ...

September 06, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Newly identified vernalization gene provides insights into the mechanisms of fine-tuning of wheat to

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Gerrish returns to Kansas for three workshops, six days, September 21-26

Renowned Grazing Management Specialist Jim Gerrish will cover a wide range of beef production issues during three September Amazing Grazing events across Kansas.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Agriculture and Labor

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the official end of summer and a transition to more indoor activities. For many it means things are slowing down a bit and thoughts start to turn towards the holiday season. While that may be true for much of the country, for those in Kansas agriculture, and depending on the weather, it's just another day in the office.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

It’s up to me

Any idea how much packaging we throw away in every household across the United States?

August 30, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Elm leaf beetles

At this time of year, most of the elm trees in Barton County start looking burnt. Their leaves turn brown and some may fall. Overall, the tree just looks unhealthy and many people start to worry if their tree is going to die. A lot of this damage however, had been caused by a little beetle and its offspring. The elm leaf beetle is an annual problem for the Elms in our area, so I thought that I would share a short column about the little pest, and if you decide to treat, when and what to control them with.

August 30, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture In Society

Most students in the Agriculture Program at Barton Community College take a class titled Agriculture In Society. This isn't simply a class to fulfill a social science requirement. The purpose of this class is threefold. First it's important to trace and understand the development of agriculture throughout history and how that development impacted the development of civilization. Second, it's important to understand how modern agriculture impacts modern society and really made it possible. Finally, students need to understand how modern society views agriculture, how agriculture views modern society, and the challenges agriculture faces in attempting to help ...

August 30, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Feeding our youngsters

For many children summer vacation zoomed by too quickly and they're not excited about the new school year that is about to begin. Others are looking forward to school starting so they have something to eat.

August 23, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Upcoming programs

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, The K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center in Hays will be hosting their annual Fall Crop Seminar. The event will be held at the Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave, in Hays. Registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. with the Program from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.This is your chance to talk with several specialists that will be on hand, and to listen to up to date information on their varying expertise. Some of these topics will include information about the Sugarcane Aphid, Managing Iron Deficiency Chlorosis in Grain Sorghum ...

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas farmers encouraged to be proactive in wheat disease control

Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade implications from the fungus prevention in the upcoming crop will be important.

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

Planting the Next Crop of Farmers

The official end of summer in Kansas is really the start of school. Most public schools are now in session and Barton Community College started this past Wednesday. The next "crop" of students has started on the formal journey of becoming professionals in agriculture while some are in their sophomore year. It might be a bit of a stretch but let's compare education and agriculture.

August 23, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make mine water -- nature’s coolant

We're locked in the Dog Days of summer and the humidity is rolling through the roof. If the first few days of August are any indication, this summer may continue well into September. And while some don't venture outdoors much except on weekends, for many outdoor work continues as usual.

August 16, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall Crop Seminar Planned Aug. 26 in Hays

Kansas State University's Agricultural Research Center-Hays is hosting its Fall Crop Seminar Aug. 26, in the auditorium at the center, located at 1232 240th Ave. in Hays.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

Smart Watering

Keeping enough moisture on flower or vegetable gardens this summer hasn't been as stressful as in years past thanks to the intermittent rain showers. But, if you missed out on some of those rains a garden needs an efficient or smart watering system and the Barton County Conservation District can help you out.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

K-State Southwest Field Day will include field tours, seminars and ag product displays

Kansas State University's Southwest Research-Extension Center will host Field Day 2015 on Thursday, Aug. 27. The day starts with registration, coffee and donuts from 8 to 9:15 a.m. and features field tours, seminars and agricultural product displays.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn ...

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a ...

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sorghum tour

On Oct, 8, there will be a Sorghum plot tour in Russell and Ellsworth counties. Barton County and the Midway District of K-State Research and ...

September 27, 2015 | | Agriculture

Journey’s end?

Communication and the written word isn't what it used to be. Neither is the King's English, grammar, punctuation or just about any integral ...

September 27, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System observes National Farm Safety and Health Week

The service area for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System is largely rural in population and ranks as one of the nations' top centers for agriculture production.

September 27, 2015 | Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO | Agriculture

Why Wheat Works in Kansas

Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those ...

September 27, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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