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Agriland at the Kansas State Fair: Promoting Kansas Agriculture

Ride in a virtual combine, sift grain between your fingers and milk Blossom, the mechanical dairy cow, in Agriland at the 2015 Kansas State Fair. Located in the Pride of Kansas building, the cooperative agriculture education exhibit provides an interactive experience for children to learn more about agriculture.

September 13, 2015 | | Agriculture

The Disconnect between People and Food

September 9th was the annual Kids' Ag Day, a cooperative venture between the Great Bend Chamber, area school FFA programs, public agencies involved in agriculture, area producers/agribusinesses, and presenters who have volunteered their talents and energies to provide Barton County fourth graders a glimpse into the world of producing food, fiber, and fuel. For over twenty years this event has exposed area children to what is involved in farming and ranching. While it may seem unnecessary in a rural area, most of today's children, even here, are disconnected from where their food comes from.

September 13, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Return from cow heaven

After spending four months in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, 60 head of Doug Zillinger's momma cows returned home in mid-August to the short-land grass of Phillips County.

September 06, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Climatologist says current El Niño could mean more favorable weather for Midwest crops

Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Cattle herd expansion well underway, but beef supplies remain tight

U.S. cattle producers are responding to recent record-high prices by expanding their herds, but Americans' appetite for beef will play a crucial role in how the larger supply will play out for the producer's bottom line, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Surgarcane aphids in Barton County

Sugarcane aphids have now been confirmed in Barton County. From reports in Oklahoma, as well as some southern counties in Kansas, this insect has a very good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. Right now, scouting your sorghum fields twice weekly can allow you to assess if you have the aphid, and at what levels. The sugarcane aphid reproduces very fast, so they can reach the threshold quickly. If spraying is warranted ...

September 06, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Newly identified vernalization gene provides insights into the mechanisms of fine-tuning of wheat to

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Gerrish returns to Kansas for three workshops, six days, September 21-26

Renowned Grazing Management Specialist Jim Gerrish will cover a wide range of beef production issues during three September Amazing Grazing events across Kansas.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Agriculture and Labor

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the official end of summer and a transition to more indoor activities. For many it means things are slowing down a bit and thoughts start to turn towards the holiday season. While that may be true for much of the country, for those in Kansas agriculture, and depending on the weather, it's just another day in the office.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

It’s up to me

Any idea how much packaging we throw away in every household across the United States?

August 30, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Elm leaf beetles

At this time of year, most of the elm trees in Barton County start looking burnt. Their leaves turn brown and some may fall. Overall, the tree just looks unhealthy and many people start to worry if their tree is going to die. A lot of this damage however, had been caused by a little beetle and its offspring. The elm leaf beetle is an annual problem for the Elms in our area, so I thought that I would share a short column about the little pest, and if you decide to treat, when and what to control them with.

August 30, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture In Society

Most students in the Agriculture Program at Barton Community College take a class titled Agriculture In Society. This isn't simply a class to fulfill a social science requirement. The purpose of this class is threefold. First it's important to trace and understand the development of agriculture throughout history and how that development impacted the development of civilization. Second, it's important to understand how modern agriculture impacts modern society and really made it possible. Finally, students need to understand how modern society views agriculture, how agriculture views modern society, and the challenges agriculture faces in attempting to help ...

August 30, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Feeding our youngsters

For many children summer vacation zoomed by too quickly and they're not excited about the new school year that is about to begin. Others are looking forward to school starting so they have something to eat.

August 23, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Upcoming programs

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, The K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center in Hays will be hosting their annual Fall Crop Seminar. The event will be held at the Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave, in Hays. Registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. with the Program from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.This is your chance to talk with several specialists that will be on hand, and to listen to up to date information on their varying expertise. Some of these topics will include information about the Sugarcane Aphid, Managing Iron Deficiency Chlorosis in Grain Sorghum ...

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas farmers encouraged to be proactive in wheat disease control

Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade implications from the fungus prevention in the upcoming crop will be important.

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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