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Kansans depend on grassroots journalism

People in Kansas, and across this country, depend on strong community journalism to keep them informed and connected to one another. In spite of all the inroads with social media, many of the folks who live in rural communities across Kansas still rely on home-town newspapers like the Hoxie Sentinel where I grew up.

January 06, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

AG in 2018 - A look ahead

Tomorrow marks the start of a new year, a frigid start to say the least. Last week's column reviewed some of the major stories in Kansas agriculture and agriculture in general. This week's piece briefly discusses the possible stories for 2018. And if the last two years have taught us anything, it's that trying to predict what is going to happen is pretty much a wild guess. So what will the major stories of 2018 be in agriculture?

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

Cut your profit margins

The holidays are in full swing, winter has somewhat set in, although it's not very cold and let's keep it that way. Although the days remain shorter, farmers and ranchers are busy planning the new year.

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

The changing face of agriculture in Kansas: A diverse community

The promotion of greater diversification and biodiversity in farming and food systems has long been a major goal of the Kansas Rural Center. However, the emphasis on diversification has mostly focused on complex crop rotations, rotational grazing, multi-species integration of both crops and mammals, specialty crop production and marketing, and other programs designed to insure greater environmental and ecological resilience.

December 23, 2017 | Tom Parker | Agriculture

The gift of memory

If I could request but one gift during the holiday season, I'd ask for a book. Books abound with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. They provide hours of adventure and entertainment rarely found anywhere else in today's culture.

December 23, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas Farm Bureau's 2017 annual meeting

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Year end review

First, here's hoping everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas. Well it's the year's end and time for reviews. This week features what some of the important agriculture stories were for the year. Next week features the important stories for the year ahead.

December 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

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 from the inside. How an individual feels about the cold weather usually depends on where he/she grew up, age and more importantly, attitude.

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 resistance issues that were developing with Roundup Ready® crops new technologies were/are being developed to allow for the use of dicamba and 2,4-D herbicides on soybeans, herbicides that under normal conditions which would severely harm of kill soybean plants. The trouble with this technology, even with new and improved herbicide formulations, is that once applied they can become a vapor under certain environmental conditions and move off target. Sounds simple enough to avoid ...

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 terms of the 2018 wheat crop and moisture. The Drought Index released yesterday shows that all but parts of West Central, Southwest, and Southeast Kansas are either abnormally dry or in moderate drought. In our area, it is essentially abnormally dry above the Arkansas River and in moderate drought below it. So today, as we head in the official start of winter in less than two weeks, what is going on and what does all ...

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. If you have not picked out your perfect tree for this season, here are a few tips about picking one out. Bringing home a tree is not the end of the work though. Proper care for the tree once it is in your house may help it stay looking good throughout the holiday season.

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. These policies will now become the organization's roadmap for the 2018 legislative session.

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 a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Weather and pest control – Part II

Last week's column discussed what happened with Roundup Ready® technology and the resistance problems that arose. Remember Roundup Ready® technology was developed to combat weeds that were becoming resistant to herbicide modes of action in current use. And with overuse across multiple crops, severe weed resistance issues developed with Roundup. Finally, since this problem was most severe and had the fewest options in soybeans, companies focused on genetically engineering soybeans. We are not discussing corn, wheat, or grain sorghum here. Wheat and grain sorghum weed control are being addressed in a manner not causing the problems that arose in ...

December 02, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Exercises Animal Disease Response Preparedness

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture held a tabletop exercise on Nov. 28, as the first stage of the state's annual emergency preparedness exercise. This year's exercise, named Phoenix, will continue Dec. 18–20, as the agency simulates a foreign animal disease event to practice the state's agriculture emergency response plan.

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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