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Develop relationships through dialogue

More often than we'd like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ranching. These conversations with friends, neighbors and family take place at the local café, filling station, after church or Friday evening ball games.

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will be beef and pork.

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing wind erosion, Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads out there. Today we will start to tackle wind erosion. If you think soil erosion is soil erosion you would be wrong. While there are some similarities and both remove valuable soil particles, water and wind erosion differ in major ways. So today we will discuss wind erosion mechanisms. And remember that areas like Western Kansas experience both types of erosion and in fact damage from ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Prepare garden flowers for summer

The flower gardens have been in full bloom and are looking spectacular this year. You can tell that there is a lot of pride and hard work that has been done by homeowners to make sure that their landscape looks its best! As the first flowers are dying off, and new ones begin to shine, a few chores may help your flower garden looks its best. I'm sharing a few tips for the K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department this week that I thought would be helpful for flower care that can be done at this time.

June 10, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency County committee nomination period begins June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KSU’s quarter-scale tractor teams back in winners’ circle

MANHATTAN - The Kansas State University Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – introduction

On Wednesday a load of wheat was delivered to an elevator in Moundridge and test cutting is ongoing and the 2017 wheat harvest is underway, depending on the weather. The ninety degree plus temperatures will certainly accelerate wheat maturity. Now on to today's topic.

June 10, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never say ‘Just a farmer’

While I hoped I'd never hear this phrase roll of the lips off a farmer or rancher again, I did the other day. I heard someone say, "I'm just a farmer."

June 10, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Managing risk in turbulent times – unavoidable risk

Before addressing today's topic, a few notes. First, none of the state is even listed as abnormally dry according to the official U.S. Drought Monitor. The closest areas are in central Colorado and the Texas/Oklahoma border. Second, after struggling through wet conditions, the corn crop is essentially in the ground according to official statistics while grain sorghum and soybean planting progress is being made. Finally, in spite of wet, somewhat cool conditions, the wheat crop is turning and progressing well. The downside, for reasons discussed everywhere in past weeks, is that around one-quarter of the crop is ...

June 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Lawns feel impact of wet spring

The wet spring that we have experienced has created some unusual situations for homeowners. With the excess moisture, you can experience issues keeping your yard under control. Also, the saturated soils can cause problems with your plants root systems, making them not as drought tolerant going into the hot summer season. I found some more information form the Horticulture department for K-State Research and Extension with some tips on how to help your landscape recover from all of the rain.

June 02, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Veterans: Remember them always

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead - young, old, male and female - tell a story about the community.

May 27, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fertilize warm-season lawn grasses

For people who have warm season lawns such as buffalo grass, zoysia or Bermuda, there is less maintenance, especially at the first of the year. Warm season grasses have now come out of dormancy, and adding a little fertilizer now will help the turf have better growth and a deeper color. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert, to give you some tips on how to help your warm season lawn look its best this summer.

May 27, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour is growing

The wheat is growing quickly, despite the challenges this year. We have had several frost and freeze events that caused damage in some fields. Wheat Streak Mosaic has also been reported more often that in the past several years. To top that off, after a very dry winter, where an ice storm was our only source of significant moisture, we have had a very wet spring, causing some fields to suffer from too much moisture. For the most part though, our wheat still looks good, and has some strong potential.

May 20, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s fun to compare then and now

Until recently, I often stopped by the corner convenience store after work to treat my sweet tooth. From the time I was 4 years old and walked barefoot down to Vern Wagner's little general store, I've always enjoyed the wonderful taste of chocolate.

May 20, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Audiences were spellbound at Downs

Outside the Downs depot a cold north wind blew storm clouds across the dark spring sky.

May 13, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Eat smart, stay healthy

Every day consumers can read or hear about something new concerning diets. Diets are as plentiful as the assortment of foods we can now pick ...

October 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall is a good time for soil testing

As the weather gets cooler and the growing season ends, there are still a few items that should be completed before you put your landscape ...

October 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Chickadee Checkoff accepting small grants proposals

PRATT - For 37 years, wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts have benefited from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's Chickadee Checkoff program through small ...

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Integrated Pest Management is they key

Let's finish up our discussion of the evolving challenge of controlling insect pressure in a changing environment while protecting that environment and providing a ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve ...

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support ...

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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 ...

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 ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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