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Fact or Fiction?

Myths, folklore and wives tales are everywhere, especially in agriculture. As the summer crops start to come in and farmers are itching to put the wheat in the ground, something a bit less serious is in order. Today, let's take a look at some farming folk wisdom and separate fact from fiction.

September 22, 2013 | | Agriculture


Are We There Yet?

Today is the official middle of September. Producers are getting antsy to harvest summer crops and plant wheat. If you drive around the area and look closely you can find some fields already drilled, likely with rye or wheat for pasture. The recent rains will likely cause producers to pull the trigger and start planting the 2014 wheat crop a little early (unless they are waiting to harvest corn or soybeans first). Wheat farmers have arrived at the first stop on the journey that is the 2014 wheat crop – planting. But as with any trip, you need to properly prepare ...

September 15, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Entries at Kansas Junior Livestock Show reach 25-year high

WICHITA – The 81st-annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) promises to be a big event this year, with 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years. The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 20-23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.

September 13, 2013 | | Agriculture


Roberts, Moran call for extension of CRP grazing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today called on U.S. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack to extend emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to help livestock producers hit hard by lingering and intensifying drought.

September 12, 2013 | | Agriculture


More moisture needed

Rainfall during the end of July and the first week of August has provided hope for farmers and cattlemen across Kansas – even in the farm western corners of the state.

September 10, 2013 | | Agriculture


Six past U.S. ag secretaries to share the stage at Landon Lecture

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University's next Landon Lecture will include six of the nation's chief leaders in the agriculture industry.

September 10, 2013 | | Agriculture


Little barley in lawns

Earlier this summer, I was called out several times to identify a small foxtail-like plant. I found that most cases that I saw turned out to be little barley and the best thing to do at that time was wait until closer to fall when the plant is more vulnerable and can be controlled easier. Now is the time to start planning a healthier lawn for spring and controlling winter annual plants such as little barley is important. I found this short article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture specialist Ward Upham to share with you this week about ...

September 08, 2013 | | Agriculture


Hays tour to focus on Short Grass Prairie Grazing research for cattle producers

Kansas ranch managers and livestock producers are invited to the Short Grass Prairie Grazing Basics and Research Tour, Sept. 17, at the K-State Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave., Hays.

September 08, 2013 | | Agriculture


Prickly Pear Cactus

Ever hear of digging prickly pear cactus out of a pasture for 50 cents an acre?

September 08, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Hanging Together

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, "If we do not all hang together, we will surely all hang separately." So how does that relate to agriculture? The answer lies in the 20th Annual Kids Ag Day held this past Wednesday at the Mauler farm just north of Great Bend.

September 08, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Sustaining the Plains: $1.4 million interdisciplinary project studies water sustainability, climate

An outpouring of research funds is helping a group of Kansas State University researchers study how human activity and climate change affect Central Great Plains water systems.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Use them right

Is there a shift in human focus and concentration, or is it just me?

September 01, 2013 | John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


New U.S. Crop Insurance report to reveal key causes of record $17.3 billion in 2012 crop losses

How can farmers prepare for extreme weather ahead? Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, as detailed in a new crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool to be released at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, August 27, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2012's record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Coming up dry: Study focuses on future availability of groundwater in High Plains Aquifer

If current irrigation trends continue, 69 percent of the groundwater stored in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas will be depleted in 50 years. But immediately reducing water use could extend the aquifer's lifetime and increase net agricultural production through the year 2110.

September 01, 2013 | | Agriculture


Kid’s Ag day is almost here!

Kansas is in the heartland of Agriculture in the United States. Unfortunately, students in our communities have only a little more knowledge of agriculture, and its direct and indirect roles in our lives, than students living in urban areas. Twenty years ago, the Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture committee sought to change that. Kid's Ag Day was born, and is fondly remembered by many even years later.

September 01, 2013 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have ...

February 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Education and Agriculture: Traditional or Technical Education?

throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing ...

February 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Hoisington-native Wayne Stoskopf receives wheat leadership award

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, received awards for ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


A farmer’s creed

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like ...

February 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is ...

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events ...

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration ...

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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