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Where we live

Reflection is a good thing. It allows you to see where you've been and hopefully chart a better course on where you're going. While on vacation recently I had a chance to think about the small community where I grew up.

December 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Poinsettias

Much like strings of lights dotting neighborhoods at night, poinsettias color the daylight hours of the holiday season. Keeping poinsettias looking their best through the season, however, offers some unique challenges. Knowing a little more about this symbol of the season can ensure its beauty lasts well after the gifts have been opened.

December 10, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA announces applications available for updated Conservation Stewardship Program

Since Nov. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Based on feedback from farmers, ranchers, and forestry landowners, CSP has been updated with more options to get increased payments based on new bundles of conservation practices. Also, new modeling tools have been created to show payment scenarios for various conservation practices early in the application process. Landowners still have time to submit their applications for the program.

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


NRCS continues investment in water conservation and improvement in nation’s largest aquifer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it is investing $8.1 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations. The Ogallala Aquifer has suffered in recent years from increased periods of drought and declining water resources and experienced a long term decline in groundwater levels, especially in southern parts of the aquifer. "The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative helps landowners build resilience in their farms and ranches and better manage water use in this thirsty region," said Eric B. Banks ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Has wheat gluten changed over time? Quality project seeks to find out

Dr. Chris Miller is trying to come up with a way for Celiacs to be able to consume gluten without the repercussions their body has towards it.

December 10, 2016 | Hannah Schlapp, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern | Agriculture


Dairy products getting a bubbly boost from Kansas State University scientists

Kansas State University researchers are deploying small air bubbles invisible to the human eye in a quest to improve several popular dairy products and co-products.

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plants And Cold Weather

The area has finally experienced a blast of winter. Lows well-below freezing and a day where temperatures never rose above freezing. Livestock and other mammals can cope pretty well with adequate food and water. Reptiles and certain mammals hibernate. Birds migrate. But how do plants such as our 2017 wheat and canola crop cope? What about perennial plants like prairie grasses and alfalfa? They usually cope better than we expect.

December 10, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Cutting wind

When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold from inside. How an individual feels about the cold weather usually depends on where he/she grew up, age and more importantly, attitude.

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


Farm Service Agency extends voting deadline for County Committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian J. Polansky announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016, to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Cattle Herd Health Meetings

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive at meetings across Kansas this fall offered by K-State Research and Extension. In the central part of the state, a series of meetings has been scheduled for December 13, in Great Bend and Pratt and Dec. 14 in Kinsley and South Hutch.

December 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Truth In Agriculture Reporting

There has been and continues to be a great deal of buzz regarding "fake news" on social media, even having it picked up and reported on mainstream media outlets. Fake news isn't defined as reporting that got some facts wrong or is slanted but news that simply isn't true, made up, often attributed to fictional publications or media, and designed to appeal to biases. It is designed to look legitimate on the surface. This is done for various reasons. It may be to influence an election or the public's opinion on a given subject. A main reason ...

December 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Crop conditions deteriorate as drought invades Kansas

Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western Kansas is currently in moderate to severe drought just a few weeks after the entirety of the state was declared drought free for the first time in six years.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


High pH and iron

Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in our area, and it can be enhanced during times of higher stress such as drought. That's not to say that we lack iron in the soil, but that our pH levels are high because of the limestone in our soils. This causes the iron to be tied up and therefore inaccessible to the plants. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that goes a little more in ...

November 26, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It could happen again

For the farmers, ranchers and firefighters who live in Barber and Comanche counties, the possibility of another "living, breathing fire monster" is never far from their minds.

November 26, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


December’s Here – Where Are We?

Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into a topic today, let's take a look at where our area is as of the end of November.

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Agriculture is amazing

In case you hadn't noticed, agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear daily. This industry is increasingly contributing to fuel and other ...

March 25, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part II

Last week's column defined what an essential nutrient was and some ground rules. Today, will focus on a few more important concepts before discussing ...

March 25, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Spring fever

Safe usage of herbicides and pesticides is a practice today's farmers take seriously. To apply these chemicals, ag producers must attend classes and pass ...

March 18, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


SBA economic injury disaster loans available to kansas small businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in 26 Kansas counties and neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part I

Things are at a bit of a standstill currently as Mother Nature can't seem to determine the thermostat setting, the wind seems to want ...

March 18, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tree planting

When is the right time to plant a tree? The answer is 10 years ago. When is the next best time to plant one? Well ...

March 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


New commissioners elected to Kansas Commodity Commissions

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Praising Bossie

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is, this humble and in most cases easy-going ...

March 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce ...

March 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dormancy in plants

This past February and now March are looking be unseasonably warm. This is causing the plants in your landscape to break dormancy early. I have ...

March 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Fire and the Prairie

You would have to have been living in a bubble to be unaware of the fires that swept across over 20 Kansas Counties and Oklahoma ...

March 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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