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2016 Extension Council Appreciation Award

The Extension Council Appreciation award is presented every year at our annual meeting in December to an individual or a couple who have given additional support and time to the Barton County Extension Council Educational programs. In many cases, their hard work and dedication has lightened the load for the Extension Service personal, in addition to making the Extension Council efforts more effective. The success of Extension programs depends on the unselfish energy of such people who have spent considerable time supporting our endeavors for no monetary rewards.

January 14, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Lessons from the 1980s farm crisis

Prior to a panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis and its implications for the future, a documentary about the crisis was aired for members of the Kansas Farmers Union during their annual convention in early December. For the audience, some of whom lived through the events, it set a sobering tone to what would follow. For the panelists-Charlie Griffin, Ed Reznicek, Forrest Buhler and Linda Hessman-it presented an historical blueprint of shared knowledge that could prevent farmers, mediators and advocacy workers from making the same mistakes again.

January 14, 2017 | Tom Parker | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies Part I – Soil Testing

As this is being written, weather forecasts are calling for a wintry mess including ice. Here's hoping everyone is safe and sound with electricity. This promises to be a challenging year for crop and livestock producers with commodity prices. The next few weeks will focus on several items that can improve efficiencies by minimizing costs and optimizing output. The term "optimizing" output is used because maximizing production seldom results in maximizing profits per acre. Today's topic concerns the value of soil testing for pH and nutrients.

January 14, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Regional Farmers’ Market Workshops planned

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host four regional workshops in February 2017 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers.

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Insects and Winter

First an update on the drought monitor is in order. Even with recent moisture, all but Northeast and part of North Central Kansas are in some stage of moisture deficit. Barton County is on the eastern edge of abnormally dry as is most of Rice County. Just to our northeast the deficit disappears. Moderate drought is as close as western Pawnee County and severe drought has settled over much of Southwest Kansas. This is hardly unusual for the western half of the state, however, damage to winter wheat due to cold is often tied to soil moisture deficits.

January 07, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


New Year’s resolutions – sort of

Before we all become buried in the new year, let's look at this new beginning with a bit of humor. Plenty of people trot out their lists of resolutions. Often, such lists are as long as their arms and last as long as their pinky.

January 07, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cover Your Acres Winter Conference

On Jan. 17 and 18, K-State Research and Extension in partnership with the Northwest Crop Residue Alliance will host the 'Cover Your Acres Winter Conference' in Oberlin for crop producers, consultants and others interested in northwest Kansas agriculture.

January 07, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


KDA to host Agribusiness Development Workshop in Russell

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host an Agribusiness Development Workshop from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, at the Russell City Council Chambers, 133 W. 8th Street in Russell. This workshop will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, current business development and organizational contacts to assist with start-ups or expansions.

January 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dad was right

When I think about the perils associated with winter travel, I think about my dad's simple, but sound advice, "Stay off the roads."

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


USDA provides new cost share opportunities for organic producers and handlers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

December 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Christmas tree removal

Did you enjoy a fresh cut tree for Christmas this year? There are many benefits to having one in your house for the season, but soon, they need to be taken down and removed from your house. There are a few ways that you can get rid of your Christmas tree in the Barton County area after the season. If you live in Great Bend or Ellinwood, you can take your tree (with lights, ornaments and tinsel removed) to the city composts sites. For Hoisington, you can take them out to the local burn site and they will burn them ...

December 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Likely Agricultural Stories of 2017

The 2017 is here and after a tumultuous 2016, here's hoping for a prosperous, happy New Year. As we enter a new year, let's take a brief look at the potential stories of the year.

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


Conservation district to celebrate 69 years

The Barton County Soil Conservation District will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, at the Barton Community College Student Union. This marks the 69th anniversary of the district.

December 31, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Christmas spirit is not what you drink

Some people forget about the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the birth of Christ, love, friendship and spending time with the family. As a youngster, I have fond memories of Mom inside fixing turkey and dressing while my siblings and I would be playing outside throwing snowballs, playing "fox and geese" and just being kids.

December 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas State University veterinary faculty reach out to cattle veterinarians and producers to addres

While shoppers may be counting down the days till Christmas, veterinarians and cattle producers are preparing for the first day of January when new federal rules go into effect on the use of antibiotics in feed.

December 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part III

Today's column finishes up the discussion of water erosion with how to minimize soil loss based upon the USLE, the Universal Soil Loss Equation ...

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Essential oils can assist with livestock digestion, study finds

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University researchers have found that essential oils can play a role in livestock health.

July 21, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas Department of Agriculture responds to herbicide use complaints

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has experienced an increase in herbicide misuse complaints alleging crop damage due to herbicide products containing dicamba. KDA's ...

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part II

Last week's column focused on the types of soil water erosion. While government help in understanding and controlling wind erosion was the focus in ...

July 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Prickly pear cactus once dotted Kansas

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

July 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Harnessing the power of Excel workshop set for July 25

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 25th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The ...

July 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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