A LEGEND IN MANY WAYS - REMEMBERING BILL
Moles and pocket gophers can be among the most destructive pests to home landscapes.The Barton County Extension Office in Great Bend gets many calls annually from homeowners with holes, tunnels and mounds on their property which disrupts mowing and plant growth. Recently, Charlie Lee, Kansas State University wildlife damage control specialist, came out on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 4, to the Jim And Marlies Stevens property southeast of Great Bend with Rick Snell, Barton County Extension agent. They demonstrated the proper trapping techniques and to discuss biology and other control methods for pocket gophers and moles.
Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a five-part agritourism course in February and March at Pratt Community College in Pratt.
You've got to forgive me, but during this holiday season, seems like my thoughts turn to food and all of the wonderful homemade dishes of this season. I do enjoy the great fellowship with family and friends, but alas, what would this be without something good to eat.
MANHATTAN – Kansas State University joins four other land-grant universities in sharing a three year, $1.9 million grant to study pest control methods, treatments and best management practices in wheat. The USDA's Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP) awarded the grant, which provides resources that allow scientists from the five institutions to complete their work.
You've got to be kidding me, a new year already! 2011 will be here in just a few days and there will be a lot going on. Read on for some great educational opportunities.
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LAST FARM SPRAYER SCHOOL FOR A LONG TIME
If you're even a casual observer of weather, you know the East Coast was brutalized with the season's first round of snow and blinding winds that brought the New York state region to its knees.
Seems a long time ago my mother told me about one of her first Christmas celebrations. The Christmas was 1930 and she would have been six years old.
MANHATTAN – More than 400 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 will gather next month in Wichita to network, learn and help position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.
The Kansas Farm Bureau annual meeting was held Nov. 19-20 in Manhattan.
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KFAC, KFB to host 4th annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops this winter
SALINA - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin.
Cattlemen and producers are invited to the Fall Forage Tour, Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1st. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. on both days at the Dale Strickler Farm, one mile south of Courtland on the west side of the highway. Two audiences will benefit from participation in the Fall Forage Tour-cattle producers and those interested in utilizing cover crops to improve soil health. The tour will focus on improving soil productivity by using of cover crops, forages, and perennial grasses.
The fall weather lately has been beautiful, and made it very easy to be outside most weekends. The warm weather will not last much longer, so now is the time to prepare your garden and landscape for the coming spring if you have not already done so. Below, I have found a few pieces of information about fall chores that you may find helpful, and if you would like to learn more about fall prep for a healthy spring landscape, I will be giving a short program at the Extension Office located at 1800 12th Street over the noon hour ...
During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn't enough for sustenance. In order to survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked.
Katherine and Mathew Hicks of Great Bend competed on Oct. 11, at the Kansas State Rabbit Breeders Association annual convention. They participated in the youth individual contests, the royalty contest and youth rabbit shows. Katherine was third runner up in the rabbit judging contest, was a member of the queen court and won the American Chinchilla rabbit show with her home bred, home grown rabbits. Mathew was named the runner up Kansas duke in the royalty contest which is a six-contest skill-a-thon including a six-page written application, a 200-question test, the rabbit judging contest, the rabbit ID contest, showmanship and ...
Livestock producers attending the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita will hear an investigative journalist present the case that nutritional science has it wrong with respect to the healthfulness of meat and dairy products. A tribute to KLA's chief executive, who is stepping down, and comments from one of the nation's largest cattle feeders are other highlights of the convention, set for Dec. 3-5.
While not avoiding this topic, it seemed smart to wait and see how fall harvest and planting progressed. However, as you read this, the area is experiencing early summer, not mid-fall temperatures. First let's look at fall yields followed by winter wheat planting.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
One hundred years ago, Dr. Norman Borlaug was born. His semi-dwarf, disease-resistant wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. It is fitting that the 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, will be awarded on October 16 to a wheat researcher for the first time. And Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is not just any wheat breeder - he was Borlaug's successor.
As the 2014 election races toward the finish line on Nov. 4, candidates from both parties have stooped to their old tricks of slinging mud, name calling and finger pointing at one another. Why can't candidates do what's right for this nation and focus on issues?
In 2014, the average age of a farmer in the United States is 57 years old, yet more individuals continue to farm well past 65 years of age. With the larger value of many farms and ranches today, how will you make sure of a successful transition of the family Farm to the next generation?
To wrap up this discussion, today's column discusses what a producer can do to strive for as efficient an operation as possible with the four factors of production – Land, Labor, Capital, and Management. Please keep in mind that unlike many other enterprises, producers of agricultural products have certain disadvantages including weather, producing a product with a limited shelf life compared to most products, and trying to predict what the factors of production used actually produce. Take a moment to think about the last point – a car manufacturer or a smart phone manufacturer can tell you based upon the inputs ...
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