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17 year cicadas

This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.

May 24, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


FFA members to gather in Manhattan for annual state convention

One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 87th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 27, and run through Friday, May 29.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


A Little Agriculture Fun

First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.

May 24, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Help Wanted – Careers in Agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 17, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Summer safety

Before long, kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration.

May 17, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Study: Spring heat more damaging to wheat than fall freeze

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

May 17, 2015 | | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Wheat plot

This year's wheat crop has had to have nine lives in order to survive to this point. The stressors for this year's crop have been many including: winter-kill, drought, insects, various rusts, and mosaic diseases. The rains came late as well, leaving the wheat shorter than normal. Even though the wheat is short, and many issues have been against it, the wheat still has a chance in many places to make a decent harvest. The individual wheat varieties are responding in various ways to the different stressors that have been present this year. This is one major reason ...

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


Clinton J, Hammeke joins Membership of American Angus Association

Clinton J. Hammeke, Great Bend, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


NRCS extends comment period for Agricultural Conservation Easement program interim rule

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's (ACEP) interim rule until May 28.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


The Drought’s Over, Right?

The last part of April and the beginning of May certainly brought a change in the weather pattern. An unsettled weather pattern with heavy rains, hail, strong winds and even tornados brought much needed moisture and as this is written the end of this week is looking unsettled. As is common with this pattern, while most all areas received rain, totals have ranged from around an inch or less to close to ten inches for some. On average it appears most of the area two to three inches or more. This helps but the area is still under the average ...

May 10, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Boomin’ times

Being one of the early Baby Boomers there's plenty to talk about in my lifetime that's lasted into its sixth decade. During this wonderful, turbulent time my generation has been praised and pummeled.

May 10, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat Tour’s projection forecasts 288M bushels

MANHATTAN -- The 2015 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour was full of surprises for participants and led to a sliver of hope for producers statewide. On day three, the participants stopped at 70 fields, an increase from last year's day three total of 45 fields. The daily average was 48.9 bushels an acre, more than an 11 bushel increase from last year.

May 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Stripe rust

Stripe rust has been found in several fields of wheat in south central Kansas, including Barton County. At the time it was found, it was still at low levels and in trace amounts. With the cool wet weather we have been experiencing, it is something that producers should be on the watch for, and scouting their fields to identify and monitor.

May 03, 2015 | | Agriculture


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Farmers and ranchers of KFB to meet in Manhattan

MANHATTAN – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 3-5 for their organization's 99th annual meeting.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Test plots important for farmers

After last year, the sugarcane aphid in sorghum was very much on the forefront of everyone's mind when it came to choosing a variety ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas, agriculture and the obvious

Thursday's Tribune featured an article about the importance of agriculture to the economy of Kansas, the number of people obtaining their livelihood from some ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

This week Barton Community College along with public and private post-secondary institutions and business participated in a two day career fair in Hutchinson. According to ...

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


It’s about safety

While a farm or ranch can be the most wonderful place in the world to raise a family, it comes with its own special set ...

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


Governor’s water conference focuses on water resource management

MANHATTAN - Approximately 600 attendees with diverse water interests were encouraged at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas to keep pushing ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Grazing stocks and crop residues

After the harvest comes the bounty. I'm not sure who said that line or if I just made it up, but I like this ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What is normal weather? Part II

Last week's column defined terms used in weather such as average, extreme, drought, etc. used in weather and climate. With several hard freezes, it ...

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


Time of fall lawn chores

Fall chores for the landscape are finally wrapping up for the year, but there are still a few items on the list. If you have ...

November 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


FSA County Committee elections to begin; producers to receive ballots Week of Nov. 6

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Terry L. Hawk announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ...

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Whack on the side of the head

There's an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be ...

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


USDA issues safety-net payments to Kansas farmers

MANHATTAN - USDA State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Terry L. Hawk, announced that approximately 100,989 Kansas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs ...

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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