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The end of the drought?

Finally, after over five months of essentially nonexistent precipitation, most of the area received significant moisture with some places receiving well over an inch. The title of this column is a bit tongue and cheek and it is safe to assume we all know the drought is nowhere near over and in fact conditions are little improved. In fact for much of the area the drought rating improved only marginally as dry as the State continues to be.

March 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. Agriculture is a family-based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dear reader

The personal letter may soon go the way of the dinosaur or the Edsel automobile – extinction.

March 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | 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 and many other industries.

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 ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties.

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 meantime but it may be quite hard to buy a rain. If you are paying attention to local, state, and national news regarding education the last few years, it is obvious there is great concern regarding students falling behind in the hard sciences and technology. Many school district are implementing some kind of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum to help address this. Also during this time nationally and within the legislature and state ...

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 Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Jeff Colyer and representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores and the Kansas agriculture community.

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 regions in the world.

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 are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and the species' response to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

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, sunflower and wheat - in districts One, Two and Three in the western region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year terms and the terms will commence on April 1, 2018.

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 greening up and even trying to grow. As the saying goes; "Wheat has nine lives." Is it spotty, a bit thin, and behind schedule for March 11? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Was there likely winter kill in spots? Yes. Has the cooler than normal weather helped? Yes. Does the crop need moisture immediately? Yes. Is there any significant precipitation on the horizon? No. The why is the topic of today's column – a La Nina ...

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


The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

March 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Control marestail in soybeans

Controlling marestail in soybeans continues to be a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail generally germinates in the fall or early spring, application timing and weed size are critical factors for successful control.

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Do farmers feel lucky? Well do they?

Even with a bit of moisture over the last week, the drought that has settled over Kansas has deepened a bit overall with only a tiny portion of extreme Northwest Kansas in no stage of drought. Three-quarters of the state ranges from Moderate to Extreme Drought. Today is March 4th so Kansas producers are starting to grow concerned about more than just the 2018 wheat crop since corn planting isn't far off, alfalfa will start greening up, pastures need burned in many cases, and other summer crops aren't far off.

March 03, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Ending the employee drought facing agriculture

No real change in the Drought Monitor as of Tuesday and the moisture received since then will have little effect. It will be interesting this week to see what happens, with warmer temperatures, with the wheat in the ground. Last week's column described the need for significant numbers of employees in agriculture and ag related industries, the lack of awareness with the general public about agricultural careers, and the need of the industry to find a way to overcome these challenges. Today's column suggests possible actions to take to benefit not only the agriculture industry but also potential ...

February 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Watering trees

The year has been feast or famine when it comes to rain. In spite of the recent rains we have been blessed with, we are ...

July 14, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


An old, new crop For Kansas

First as usual, a drought update is in order. The area no longer under drought conditions or even abnormally dry has expanded from northwest Kansas ...

July 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Better than expected

"Better than expected, but not what we'd hoped for."

July 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


It's time to plane fall harvest

Probably the last thing the average gardener thinks of doing in the heat of the summer is to plant another round of vegetables ... again. However ...

July 14, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Agriculture


Fair time

It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will ...

July 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble

Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble is very important to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from going to seed and adding to the weed ...

July 07, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


KLA partnering on Kansas cattle traceability project

TOPEKA – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is one of the key partners in a new cattle traceability pilot project. Cattle Trace will involve an end-to-end ...

July 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant weather not people weather

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Northwest Kansas and a fair portion of North Central Kansas are completely out of drought as ...

July 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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