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Soil testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...

February 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Careers In Agriculture

With the start of a new Congress and Administration in Washington along with the start of a new session in Topeka, much of the discussion always seems to turn to the need for "good" jobs and education. With education the discussion naturally gravitates towards the high cost of four-year institutions and the debt accumulated by students and their families for a degree, if they even actually graduate. So how does that relate to agriculture?

February 18, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Local Working Group meeting

The Barton County Conservation District board of supervisors will hold a Local Working Group (LWG) meeting 8 a.m. on March 1, at at The USDA Service Center located at 1520 Kansas AVE, in Great Bend.

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas conservation group makes good showing at National meeting

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) board President, Bill Simshauser, stated that, "Kansas was very well represented at the recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. We were honored as being in the top 10 in the total amount of dues paid by Kansas Conservation Districts. Kansas also received an award for completing training for Supervisors." In other business Ronald Brown, KACD board member from Fort Scott, Kansas was recognized for his four years of being on the NACD executive board. Bevin Law, KACD board member from Longford, KS was sworn in to the executive ...

February 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Trade already

U.S. agriculture needs the Trump administration to strongly support the crops and livestock this nation's farmers produce. Our government must commit to becoming the best we can be in international trade. If we conducted trade the same way we produced food, we wouldn't have trouble moving agricultural products to people who need them overseas.

February 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tomatoes

The recent weather that we have had has made it hard to wait for spring. I have even seen posts online of the first plants beginning to peak out from the ground! For vegetable gardeners, the time can also be spent indoors starting seeds to transplant to the garden when the soil temperatures are warmer. This week, I found a short article from out Horticulture department about the different types of tomatoes and what they will do for you in your garden. This can help when you are shopping for tomatoes so that you know what you are getting before ...

February 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Scientific Method

With all the changes in Washington since the first of the year, there is a great deal of turmoil in various agencies regarding what is and isn't "true." What is and isn't fact. There are many sources disputing the validity of scientific research. True research involves the scientific method and involves rigorous review of findings. Can this work be duplicated? The scientific method is defined simply by the OED as "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses ...

February 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Look ahead

High yields and low prices characterize Kansas commodities. Discouraged, pure and simple. The family farm: Withering on the vine. There will be a moment of truth.

February 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Heartland Plant Innovations accelerates wheat breeding process

An important cornerstone of the Kansas Wheat Commission's (KWC) mission is research to enhance Kansas farmers' fields and pocketbooks. KWC does this most visibly with the wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, but many haven't seen or heard of Heartland Plant Innovations (HPI), an organization at the heart of wheat genetics.

February 04, 2017 | By Jordan Hildebrand, Program Assistant | Agriculture


FHSU Ag students put on a good show

The Fort Hays State University Department of Agriculture prides itself on its hands-on learning opportunities for students at its 3,800-acre University Farm.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Tree research

With the recent ice storm damage, many people have asked lately about recommendations for trees to plant in our area. I wanted you to know that we have several publications in the Extension office to help you pick the right tree for your landscape, as well as tips for planting, establishing, and keeping your tree healthy for years to come. I found this column in this week's Horticulture Newsletter for K-State research and Extension that shares some information about research that is being conducted on newly planted trees. As always, if you have any questions, or would like some ...

February 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Sen. Moran Meets with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


2017 Kansas Angus Futurity Junior Show

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies - Conclusion

Today we will wrap up this brief discussion regarding crop production efficiencies. First, we discussed soil testing and proper fertilizer recommendations. Then was the discussion of efficiency and water, including irrigation. We will wrap production efficiency up this week with a few more thoughts.

February 04, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


February meetings

Winter is a time that many producers take the opportunity to learn about the latest research, and plan on how to make what they learned help their production in the coming year. I have several meeting coming up in February about the latest information from K-State Research and Extension. If you have any questions, would like more information, or want to register for any of the programs, please call 620-793-1910 or email me at aboor@ksu.edu.

January 28, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Dress for safety in the field

As spring rolls around and field work picks up, so does the potential for farm accidents. Tractor overturns remain the leading cause of death for ...

April 29, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Field bindweed

Field bindweed is difficult to control, especially for homeowners, but there are options.

April 29, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Essential micro-nutrients for plants

This week's column finishes the discussion of essential plant nutrients with the micro-nutrients. These are necessary for the plant to complete its life cycle ...

April 29, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat tour participants scout for rust, viruses

Nearly 90 grain traders, government officials, reporters, millers and even a few farmers start the 2017 Wheat Quality Council's Hard Winter Wheat Tour on ...

April 29, 2017 | By Marsha Boswell Kansas Wheat Commission | Agriculture


Winter annual weeds are here

At this time of year, I tend to get questions about the purple flowers or dandelions in home lawns and what can be done now ...

April 22, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm and ranchland sales increase

OMAHA, Neb. – Farmers National Company reports that real estate sales volume is up 21 percent during the first half of its fiscal year compared to ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day ...

April 22, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Secondary nutrients

This week's column discusses the macronutrients known as secondary nutrients: Sulfur (S), Calcium (Ca), and Magnesium (Mg). Calcium and magnesium are found as cations ...

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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