TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas, on Nov. 18–19, 2016. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.
October 12, 2016|
Special to the Tribune
Youth from across the state earned cash premiums and scholarships while competing in the 84th Kansas Junior Livestock Show sponsored by Cargill. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Hutchinson, 702 4-H and FFA members from 88 counties exhibited a record 1,515 head of livestock.
Fall is a good time to start thinking about your spring landscape believe it or not! Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs or fertilize ones that have already been planted. I found a few short pieces from the K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department to give you a little more information for next year's spring landscape. Happy gardening!
What's for dinner? This question probably gets asked in most households every night by every family member. If you are the preparer, you may even ask this question. The Women on the Farm group would like to help take the guesswork out by offering a Freezer Cooking Workshop on Oct. 15, at the Otis-Bison High School FCS Room.
The next several weeks will be very busy for K-State Research and Extension with programs for anyone and all! Whether you are interested in field production, horticulture, or just getting a nice meal on the table for friends or family, there is a program that is for you at the beginning of October!
It's a fall harvest for the record books. Corn, milo and soybean crops continue to bust the bins and pour into on-farm-storage and elevators across Kansas. Thousands upon thousands of bushels of these fall crops may end up on the ground or cement slabs temporarily.
October 01, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Today, we will attempt to tie the last three weeks together into the issues facing agriculture and water for Western Kansas. The idea with these columns is to briefly try and link together the factors creating the dilemma for crop production in Western Kansas and what it all means. To review briefly:
October 01, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton Pawnee and Rush, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Nov. 18, as the first cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2017 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
So far we have focused on water in plants and water in the soil. Now let's focus on water in the atmosphere, crop water needs, the soil, and tie it all together. It would seem, based on the last two columns that the amount of water a plant needs to produce a given amount of biomass, forage or grain, would be clear cut as would the soils ability to supply the plant's moisture needs based on soil type, organic matter, structure, and so on. However, this is where the atmosphere and climate can throw in a monkey wrench.
September 24, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton, Pawnee and Rush counties, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.
September 20, 2016|
Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent