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The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part I

Since wheat harvest is a little ways off, let's take some time to consider one of the next big things in crop production – Cover Crops. This has become much more than the interest of a "fringe" of crop production (organic farming and sustainable agriculture) and has entered the mainstream with Research and Extension along with the NRCS conducting research and promoting adoption by producers. The actual movement for cover crops really started around forty years ago with the organic/sustainable agriculture movement and has slowly gained acceptance in many quarters. This week, we briefly examine what a cover crop ...

June 04, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never forget

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead – young, old, male and female – tell a story about the community.

May 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm season grasses

June is the time to fertilize warm-season lawn grasses such as bermudagrass, buffalograss, and zoysiagrass. These species all thrive in warmer summer weather, so this is the time they respond best to fertilization. The most important nutrient is nitrogen (N), and these three species need it in varying amounts.

May 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


2016 wheat harvest and loan deficiency payments

The 2016 wheat harvest is approaching, and producers should keep in mind the possibility of a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) may exist. A loan deficiency payment can come into effect when the price of wheat nears the county loan rate. The 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat loan rate for Barton County is $3.14. To be considered eligible for an LDP, producers must have form CCC-633EZ, Page 1 on file at their local FSA Office before losing beneficial interest in the crop. Pages 2, 3 or 4 of the form must be submitted when payment is requested. As of May ...

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Official Start of Summer?

First, before today's topic, let us all take a moment to remember all of those whose gave their lives protecting our country and freedoms as well as those who lost their lives protecting us in our everyday lives. Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer yet there will be stories on June 20th marking it as the official start of summer. Which is correct? The reality is that both are. The question is why?

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The farm and ranch community

A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.

May 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low levels in Barton County, but it is a good idea to keep a lookout. While flag smut does not have an effect on the quality of the grain itself, it is an export issue with several countries so it can affect the economy. This week, I have found a short Q and A that goes over the importance of flag smut and how to control it in the coming years. If you do suspect that ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Is Conventional Agriculture “Safe?”

Before starting today's topic, Kansas reached a bit of a milestone this week. As of this past Tuesday not one square foot of the state is listed as being abnormally dry by the National Drought Mitigation Center located in Lincoln, Neb. In fact, except for a tiny slice of the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma, the region, including Nebraska, is in great shape for soil moisture heading into wheat ripening and harvest and the planting of the region's summer crops. But as always, producers realize this condition can change fairly rapidly. However, the forecast through June is for above normal ...

May 21, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Unspoken values

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

May 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2016 wheat crop is following the old adage that the plant has to die nine times before it comes to harvest. As in last year, the rains came late to the fields, and at some point, people were wondering if there would be much of a crop. The rains did come, and the wheat flourished with it, but with the rains came the diseases. Rust, smut, and scab have been found in fields. Some varieties of wheat have responded to the pressures better than others as can be seen in the two wheat plots that K-State Research and Extension ...

May 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Efficiency And Agriculture

Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many this accomplishment required much more than simply attending classes and studying. Colleges such as Barton serve a diverse student population. There really isn't a typical profile for a Barton student. Many balance work, family, and other responsibilities with academics. Congratulations to them and all the area graduates from our high schools and other institutions of higher learning.

May 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions

A new joint study by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics and the University of Georgia shows lenders from across the nation are expecting the financial outlook for farmers to tighten in the upcoming seasons.

May 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Yolks for healthy folks

When it comes to protein, eggs remain the gold standard, because the high quality protein in eggs provides the mental and physical energy we all need.

May 07, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fertilize cool season lawns

May is an excellent time to fertilize cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization. May is a good time to fertilize because the springtime flush of growth characteristic of these grasses has tapered off, so the fertilizer you apply will be less likely to cause excessive shoot growth than if you fertilized at a full rate in April. Slow-release nitrogen sources are ideal. These nitrogen sources promote controlled growth, which is ...

May 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


May is proclaimed Kansas Beef Month

The month of May has been declared Kansas Beef Month, according to a proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state's ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state's agricultural success.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family ...

July 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled ...

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances ...

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 ...

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ...

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs ...

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It ...

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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