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Regional 4-H Day

Barton County was host to Heart of Kansas Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at each of the six county 4-H Days. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional include Midway District (Ellsworth and Russell), Pawnee, Rice, Stafford and Barton.

March 27, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Agriculture


Wheat and Cold Weather

The weather has certainly been taking Kansans on a rollercoaster ride over the last several weeks. Temperatures have ranged from the upper 80s to the low 20s here and even lower in other parts of the state. The area has seen snow and rain with periods of dead calm and howling winds. Concerns have arisen regarding possible damage to the wheat crop with the cold temperatures. Wheat farmers would love for the markets to react to potential damage to the 2016 crop with increasing prices for the crop with no actual damage. There are two questions to answer. Why are ...

March 27, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


TPP could boost farm exports and income

The United States needs the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to compete in world markets. The trade agreement with 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim -- including Canada and Mexico – could eliminate 18,000 tariffs countries place on U.S. goods and services.

March 25, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Strong winds continue to blow across Kansas from Sharon Springs to Olathe. Regardless of where you travel in the Sunflower State, winds scoot across fields and pastures at 15-20 miles per hour. Gusts range anywhere from 30-50 miles per hour.

March 20, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute to host International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is set to host the 5th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW) in Manhattan at the K-State Alumni Center on June 8-10. Held in one of the world's leading beef cattle production regions, the event will provide a valuable opportunity for beef industry leaders and influencers to learn, gain fresh insight and actively participate in addressing beef cattle welfare.

March 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Women on the Farm Workshop set for April 2

Working and living in a rural community, we all understand the importance of the family farm. For those that are involved, the importance runs a little bit deeper. You understand that it is not just a tradition in your family, but it is a way of life. Like all things, farming has changed. There was a time where the farm was simply passed down to the next generation. Today that is not the case. It is now more important than ever to treat the family farm like the business it is. Farming is an expensive business, and one that many ...

March 20, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Time Is Money In Agriculture

Hopefully, everybody has pretty much adjusted to "springing forward." Losing an hour in the spring and gaining it back in the fall with all the attendant moaning and groaning is a relatively recent phenomenon and not really because of the time change itself but because of how our view of time has changed. For most of the history of humankind time wasn't a fixed but relative idea. Why? Several reasons.

March 20, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Don’t be a road hog

Travel on our highways and country roads should be a two-way street. Motorists and farmers alike need to be cautious during the busy spring farming season.

March 13, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Controlling henbit

The growing season, albeit early, seems to be kicking into gear already. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom, and of course, the weeds are trying to get a head start on your lawn. One of the most common questions I get every year, is what is the weed with the purple flowers, and how do I get rid of it? Well, the weed most likely is called henbit, and I have some bad news for you. You can't really eliminate it in the spring.

March 13, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Warm Spring Weather And Wheat

This past winter was the winter that wasn't for this area. For example, the average temperature in Reno County for February was over six degrees above the long-term average. With the exception of a day or two here and there, the entire winter was above average and essentially devoid of snow. March is similarly starting off that way. Wheat is definitely out of dormancy, has greened up nicely, and considering the lack of moisture for most of Kansas since the first of the year, looks good to very good. This is in spite of the warm, dry, windy conditions ...

March 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The beauty of fire

Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, you can see fires for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, crackles and bursts into orange.

March 06, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers named

Six couples have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. They will be honored at a banquet on Friday, March 11, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Early spring-like temperatures welcome for all but the wheat

The weather over the past two weeks has been uncharacteristically warm for this time of year in Kansas. While many are enjoying being outdoors, this early warm spell has raised concerns for winter wheat across the state.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of during March is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later in this article, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches.

March 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Golden Belt Community Foundation establishes farmland giving program

Golden Belt Community Foundation is excited to announce their new farmland giving program. "Your Land. Your Legacy." was created to give donors greater flexibility and options when considering a gift of farmland, including the option to request that the foundation keep the land in production to support the donor's favorite charities or causes.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Fungicides

Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Mapping wheat ancestors’ genomes: Wild relatives of wheat contain valuable traits for wheat breeding

If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Goodbye Lorna Doone

"Goodbye, sweet girl – it's time to go," I said looking into those eyes that showed love, devotion and friendship. My eyes and those of ...

May 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas added to interactive cover crops website

Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Risk Management In Agriculture

Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or ...

May 01, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Agricultural Odds and Ends

Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers cherish their land

Farmers and ranchers strive to protect our planet each and every day. On April 22, nearly 2 million agricultural producers will celebrate the 45th observance ...

April 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


NRCS seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $15 million in financial and technical assistance available nationwide to ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Ag Foundation to host inaugural summer conference; Peterson Farm Brothers and Monte Selby to keynote

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commuity Orchard

The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be ...

April 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Dealing With Problem Weeds

Last week's column dealt with the weed named the number one weed problem for 2016 – Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species. This week let's ...

April 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Silent sentinels on the High Plains

Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95 ...

April 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Rust in wheat

The wheat crop in Kansas is now at the flag leaf emergence stage of growth in much of southern and central Kansas. The crop is ...

April 17, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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