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Don’t ‘got milk’

Imitation dairy products may account for nearly 70 percent of the items a shopper finds in the dairy case today. That's according to the latest data from the dairy industry.

August 24, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Elm Leaf Beetle

As you drive around the county, you might notice that many trees are starting to look like we are already in fall though summer is still very much upon us. Leaves of area Elm Trees have turned brown, and some may be falling off, giving them a sickly appearance. In many cases, the reason for this is, Elm Leaf Beetles feasting on their leaves. Elm Leaf Beetles are a yearly concern when the second generation hatches about Mid-July. 2014 is no exception.

August 24, 2014 | | Agriculture


Local Work Groups

The Barton County Conservation District (Barton Co CD) board of supervisors will hold a Local Work Group (LWG) meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, at 1520 Kansas Ave, Great Bend.

August 24, 2014 | | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 96th annual meeting

Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baacus and his wife Patricia, as well as Kansas Farm Bureau Executive Director Terry Holdren and his wife Natalie were special guests at the Barton County Farm Bureau annual dinner meeting held Friday evening, Aug. 15 at the Barton Community College Student Union.

August 24, 2014 | | Agriculture


Planting the Next Crop

While summer isn't quite over, everyone is turning to a fall schedule. If they haven't already, producers are planning and getting ready for the 2015 winter wheat crop and summer crops producers are starting to think about harvest. And many are already thinking about planting decisions for next spring. But there is one more crop plan underway in Kansas – the next crop of persons preparing for careers in some aspect of the agriculture sector.

August 24, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Can-do attitude

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.

August 17, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Apple in progress

This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...

August 17, 2014 | | Agriculture


What Is Pesticide Resistance? Part III

So what can be realistically be done to deal with pesticide resistance once it happens? When pests develop resistance to pesticides, it is a difficult challenge but in most cases not an impossible one. The key to the effectiveness of these management practices include cost, time, markets and climate. Also remember we are speaking about resistance developing in insects and diseases, not just weeds.

August 17, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas State University equine expert warns traveling livestock owners of vesicular stomatitis

A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.

August 15, 2014 | | Agriculture


A special breed

People outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks have a tendency to question corporate farming whether family owned or not

August 10, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

As most people know, Kansas is the top wheat producing state in the USA. The first Kansas wheat crop was planted in Johnson County in 1839, since then, the yields farmers are able to harvest have more than doubled. This comes in part from universities and private companies breeding new varieties for better resistance to different pressures including fungal and bacterial. Newer varieties also have heat and drought resistance, which increase yields depending on what variety is planted in a given year. One way these organizations know how a wheat variety will perform is by planting it into a field ...

August 10, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What Is Pesticide Resistance? Part II

Last week's column described how pesticide resistance develops. Today describes how it can be prevented and next week how to manage it once it occurs. But first a brief review of how this problem arises. For more detail see last week's column.

August 10, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Speak from the heart

Life experiences teach plenty to those willing to learn. From the time I was a small boy, I remember my dad, uncles and grandfather talking and debating the issues of the day whenever we visited one another.

August 03, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


K-State releases new wheat variety

From phonographs to iPods and horse-drawn carriages to four-wheel drives, much has changed dramatically over the last century, the wheat industry included. Kansas State University released its first variety, Kanred, 100 years ago. Now, a century later, K-State, in conjunction with the Kansas Wheat Alliance, is unveiling its latest variety, KanMark.

August 03, 2014 | Jordan Hildebrand | Agriculture


What Is Pesticide Resistance? Part I

While discussing GMO crops, this column alluded to pesticide resistance as a potential problem with GMO traits such as glyphosate (Roundup ®) tolerance and resistance to the Bt trait found in crops such as corn and cotton. Last week, Barton County ANR Extension Agent shared a column on herbicide resistance from Extension Agronomy. But what exactly is resistance? Not necessarily to just pesticides but also crop resistance to something like a disease. And maybe the more important question is how or can it be prevented? Today's column tackles what is pesticide resistance and how does it develop.

August 03, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, making sure their GPS works, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another ...

June 25, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Faces of Harvest: Geoff and Jenny Burgess

First generation farmers Geoff and Jenny Burgess of Burgess Hill Farms may have grown up more than 4,000 miles apart, but their passions for ...

June 25, 2016 | Malerie Strahm | Agriculture


Harnessing the Power of Excel workshop set for July 12th

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 12th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The ...

June 25, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What to do with wheat ground

After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Response to Vision

MANHATTAN – A new type of farm has been established in Kansas with a primary focus on water conservation in addition to crops and livestock.

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128 ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


“Creating the Best Day Ever” conference helped teachers in-fuse ag in classroom education

State agriculture focused non-profit, the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC), hosted their inaugural one-day summer conference at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Outhouse lore

Several images surface as we dust off the cobwebs of our minds and reflect back on rural Kansas and those days of years gone by ...

June 18, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


University’s quarter-scale tractor team places second at international competition

The Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor A team placed second overall at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant Something in June

This week, I thought I would share a column written by KSRE's Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Nursery Crops for K-State. If you would ...

June 18, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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