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Weather, Climate, and Global Warming – Part 2

Last week's column briefly described weather, climate, global climate, and the atmosphere as a global system redistributing energy received from sunlight due to the tilt of the Earth's axis. Everything naturally moves from a higher to a lower concentration and nature seeks equilibrium or the lowest energy state. Finally, certain gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allow visible light through but don't let heat (longwave radiation) back out. Next a brief description of the what and why of global warming with apologies for the simplification.

May 18, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Livestock handling workshop attracts large, diverse crowd

On Saturday, March 12th, the Kansas Graizers hosted a low stress livestock handling workshop presented by Dr. Lynn Locatelli in Salina Ks. Dr Locatelli is a livestock handling specialist who gave a, deep, thoughtful, presentation to a full-house eager to learn more about low stress livestock handling.

May 18, 2014 | | Agriculture

Protect and enhance

There's an old saying that goes something like this: "Sometimes you have to look back on where you've been to know where you're going." While I'm not a fanatic about history, I believe it certainly has its place in our society today.

May 18, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Evergreen winter damage

This spring, I have had several calls about evergreen trees. People have noticed that their spruce trees are turning brown, usually at the ends of the branches. The question is whether or not this is a disease. In many cases, it is not and is because of the extreme cold temperatures this past winter. The key elements here are timing of damage and location of damage. In terms of timing, the trees were fine last fall and then damage showed up this winter. The location of the damage is at the end of the branches and in a lot of ...

May 18, 2014 | | Agriculture

EPA rule could shut down agriculture

A proposed rule that would expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could bring farming and ranching to a halt. Ordinary field work and everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture, planting crops and even harvest may one day require a federal permit.

May 11, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Wheat plot

Did you know that when it comes to planting wheat, there is a lot of discussion and planning even before it is put into the ground? There are many issues and situations to think about before purchasing and planting a specific variety. At K-State Research and Extension, one of the many projects that we try to do for the community is to find a producer that is ready and willing to have a wheat variety plot on his land. The seed companies for the area including K-State usually donate the seed for the plot while the producer plants the wheat ...

May 11, 2014 | | Agriculture

Weather, climate, and global warming – Part 1

The National Climate Assessment was recently released and it focused on Global Warming and its short and long-term effects. This column isn't intended to change anyone's mind either way on the subject but to provide some information and hopefully make it easier to shift through all the dross out there.

May 08, 2014 | BY VIC MARTIN | Agriculture

Crop specialist explains record number of soybean acres

It's in your margarine, bread, crayons and building materials, but you probably don't realize it. Soybeans are everywhere.

May 04, 2014 | | Agriculture

The Cost of Soil Erosion

This past week was difficult to cope with whether you were a farmer or lived in town. Over five days of wind combined with dry conditions and exposed soil made lives difficult for everyone. As dramatic as the winds and blowing soil were, the 1930s were even worse. The cost of blowing soil included a vehicular death due to poor visibility and numerous accidents. In parts of the state roads were closed and events cancelled. As this is written, the wind has settled down and the skies are blue instead of a hazy brown. Unfortunately there is little chance of ...

May 04, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Wheat Tour estimates lowest production since 1996

The Wheat Quality Council 2014 Hard Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up on May 1. Crop scouts estimated production for the Kansas crop at 260.6 million bushels. This is the lowest tour estimate since 1996. The average yield, calculated from 587 stops, was 33.2 bushels per acre.

May 04, 2014 | | Agriculture

Evergreen damage

Now that spring is in full swing, people have been noticing some dieback or brown areas in their evergreens. I thought I would share an article sent to me by the K-State Plant Pathology department. If you are concerned about your evergreen trees, this piece might help. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me and I will help find an answer to your question.

May 04, 2014 | | Agriculture

Making sense of truck regulations

Once again farmers and ranchers are scratching their heads about how the new CDL (commercial driver's license) regulations will impact them when they transport livestock and crops to market.

May 04, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

May is Beef Month in Kansas

With more than 5.5 million cattle on farms, ranches and in feedyards, Kansas is a recognized epicenter for high-quality beef. To honor Kansas beef producers for this accomplishment, and highlight an industry that generates more than $7 billion in cash receipts each year, Governor Sam Brownback has designated May as Beef Month across the state.

May 02, 2014 | | Agriculture

Adapting To Changing Water Resources

This column isn't about groundwater or irrigation. It's not about building a pipeline from the Missouri River. Today's column is about how area agriculture can maximize the efficiency of precipitation in a climate, which at least in the near term, is short on precipitation. These suggestions have merit, even under more normal conditions.

April 27, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Use this old world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 44th observance of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22.

April 27, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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