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Cold, cold soil?

First a very Happy Easter to all and also enjoy April Fools' Day. Today is April first which means a great deal should be happening in the cropping world in our area. One of those happenings should be wheat jointing before now but with the dry and overall cool conditions that is behind. It is likely farmers won't have a great deal of straw to deal with this year. Alfalfa is greening up but overall lagging in growth to most recent years but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many recent years the alfalfa was up and growing ...

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The end of the drought?

Finally, after over five months of essentially nonexistent precipitation, most of the area received significant moisture with some places receiving well over an inch. The title of this column is a bit tongue and cheek and it is safe to assume we all know the drought is nowhere near over and in fact conditions are little improved. In fact for much of the area the drought rating improved only marginally as dry as the State continues to be.

March 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. Agriculture is a family-based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dear reader

The personal letter may soon go the way of the dinosaur or the Edsel automobile – extinction.

March 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture and many other industries.

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties.

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the meantime but it may be quite hard to buy a rain. If you are paying attention to local, state, and national news regarding education the last few years, it is obvious there is great concern regarding students falling behind in the hard sciences and technology. Many school district are implementing some kind of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum to help address this. Also during this time nationally and within the legislature and state ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Jeff Colyer and representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores and the Kansas agriculture community.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active regions in the world.

March 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and the species' response to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean, sunflower and wheat - in districts One, Two and Three in the western region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year terms and the terms will commence on April 1, 2018.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is greening up and even trying to grow. As the saying goes; "Wheat has nine lives." Is it spotty, a bit thin, and behind schedule for March 11? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Was there likely winter kill in spots? Yes. Has the cooler than normal weather helped? Yes. Does the crop need moisture immediately? Yes. Is there any significant precipitation on the horizon? No. The why is the topic of today's column – a La Nina ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

March 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Control marestail in soybeans

Controlling marestail in soybeans continues to be a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail generally germinates in the fall or early spring, application timing and weed size are critical factors for successful control.

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Do farmers feel lucky? Well do they?

Even with a bit of moisture over the last week, the drought that has settled over Kansas has deepened a bit overall with only a tiny portion of extreme Northwest Kansas in no stage of drought. Three-quarters of the state ranges from Moderate to Extreme Drought. Today is March 4th so Kansas producers are starting to grow concerned about more than just the 2018 wheat crop since corn planting isn't far off, alfalfa will start greening up, pastures need burned in many cases, and other summer crops aren't far off.

March 03, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


The art of second thought

Every Western movie worth watching features at least one full-blown bar room brawl. Such tumultuous scenes are chock full of good guys, bad guys, flying ...

June 23, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Ag suicide on the rise

When looking at hazardous occupations in the world, agriculture is consistently in the top ten. There are many factors that go into this: the large ...

June 22, 2018 | BY ALICIA BOOR Cottonwood District Extension Agent | Agriculture


Drought management

The current drought monitor has almost all of Kansas in some level of drought with much of the state in severe or extreme drought. It ...

June 16, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A winning proposition

In communities across Kansas, farmers' markets continue to offer homegrown and homemade products. Everything from freshly picked fruits and vegetables to mouthwatering baked goods, fresh ...

June 16, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kernels of truth

Wheat harvest is here and the weather certainly helped speed harvest along and not in a good way. You will hear plenty of sources willing ...

June 16, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Beef: Keeping Main Street hopping

It's 1980, and you and your friends are cruising main in your '69 Camaro, or maybe it was your '70 Mustang, many miles were ...

June 09, 2018 | Jared Oelke Ellinwood senior at Fort Hays State University | Agriculture


USDA resumes continuous CRP program enrollment

WASHINGTON - As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KFB awards grants to Kansas FFA chapters

MANHATTAN - In its ongoing support of Kansas FFA Association, Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) awarded 10 grants worth $5,000 to FFA chapters across the state ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Potential advances in crop yields

Wheat harvest is fast approaching and it will be interesting to see how yields turn out after the challenges of the last nine months. There ...

June 09, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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