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Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western tier of counties to as much as 6.8 inches in portions of northwest, central, and north-central Kansas. This early-October precipitation occurred after above-normal precipitation in late-September, resulting in fields with a full soil moisture profile for most of the state, but also in water-logged soils which are delaying field work.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water, water everywhere: The 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the area, what does it mean for fall harvest and planting the 2018 wheat crop? First, it is wet. This column was written Friday morning and so the area may or may not have received the additional promised heavy rains through Friday evening. If we did, the areas soils are really saturated.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water, water everywhere: the 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the area, what does it mean for fall harvest and planting the 2018 wheat crop? First, it is wet. This column was written Friday morning and so the area may or may not have received the additional promised heavy rains through Friday evening. If we did, the areas soils are really saturated.

October 07, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Butterfly migration

Lately the area has been inundated with butterflies migrating. Many assume that it is the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, and you would be partially correct in that assumption. Another species has joined the monarch this year in great numbers, the Painted Lady. I found a piece by K-State Research and Extension's entomology department explaining a little about them, and why their numbers are so much higher this year.

October 07, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Time-tested weather sayings

For the first time last week a touch of fall filled the early morning air. With the coming of autumn and approach of winter, it's fun to recall some of the time-tested weather sayings.

October 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Women on the farm hosts "Meals Under Pressure"

RUSH CENTER - Ever wondered how to make a meal faster? What about cooking that frozen meat that you forgot to thaw and having it cooked for supper? Do you shudder when you hear the word pressure cooker, either because you know they are dangerous or you have recollections about rubbery meat? Have you wondered about all of the hype of an electric pressure cooker?

October 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Insect Dilemma Part III

First, let's discuss last week's precipitation a bit. The area received rainfall at the beginning of last week. Western Kansas and much of our area received significant rainfall and areas to the south of Barton County were under a flood watch for a bit. Amounts locally appeared to range for around an inch to over four inches. This certainly helps but doesn't eliminate for many acres a lack of soil moisture. The top part of the soil profile is in pretty good shape for most but subsoil moisture in many places is short. This is enough to ...

September 30, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


KLA Young Stockmen's academy goes on tours

TOPEKA - The third installment of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA) was held Sept. 18-20. The group of 20 young producers spent three days touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in southern and western Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the YSA program.

September 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


A corn crop for the ages

One hundred forty-bushel dryland corn in Norton County?

September 30, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


AG Schmitdt: 'Do it right' on WOTUS withdrawal

TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to withdraw the Obama-era "Waters of the U.S." Rule, which has been blocked by federal court orders since October 2015.

September 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pesticide training course planned

The Cottonwood Extension District, Great Bend office has partnered with the Pesticide Safety and integrated pest management program to host an upcoming training course. The course will be a part of Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification training. The focus of this training will be Ag Wildlife damage control.

September 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Milo plot tour set for Oct. 4

This year, growing sorghum had many challenges, but thankfully, we have so far been blessed with a slow migration of the sugarcane aphid. Chinch bugs and headworms were a bigger issue this year, but compared to the sugarcane aphid last year, they were easily controlled if needed.

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


No more bacon and eggs?

I love to eat. Like millions of fellow Americans there's nothing better than food grown and produced on this nation's farms and ranches.

September 16, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture and the insect dilemma - Part I

Corn harvest is slowly ramping up, soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves, milo fields are all over the place and fields are being prepared for the 2018 wheat crop. Milo and wheat producers are considering potential insect and arachnid pest problems. We tend to only think of insects as a negative in food production and they certainly can be. However, let's take a step back and consider the insects from a broader perspective.

September 16, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat

What can be done to prevent another widespread occurrence of wheat streak mosaic virus, High Plains virus, and triticum mosaic virus in wheat this coming season? There are several things producers can do: delay planting dates as long as feasible, control any significant stands of green foxtail and barnyard grass near fields that will be planted to wheat, and plant wheat varieties with resistance to wheat streak mosaic.

September 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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When winter bites

When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold ...

December 16, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Weather and Pest Control – Part III

This week will finish our discussion of the effects of weather on pest, specifically weed, control with herbicides. Remember that to combat the Roundup® weed ...

December 16, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Here we go again

We will finish up the discussion of pests and weather next week. Today, let's take a detour to consider where the area is in ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Christmas tree care

Many people look forward to Christmas time and the smell of a fresh cut evergreen tree can bring back the happy memories of Christmas past ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau meeting

MANHATTAN - Last week almost 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2018 ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Often forgotten

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 ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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