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The Birds and the Bees and Agriculture

A report has just been released regarding the state of bee populations in the world. There is grave concern as populations are plummeting rapidly. Naturally, many would consider this a bad thing but they may also ask that bedsides honey what's the big deal? Believe it or not, it's a huge deal for world food supplies. As one report stated: "one out of every three bites of eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest." It has been common over the last decade for beekeepers in Europe to lose 30% of their hives per year ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | 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 hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Play safe on the farm

The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster growing up on a farm, operating mammoth farm machines epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.

February 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm winter temperatures on wheat

With the warmer than average temperatures that we have experienced, the wheat has started to grow. Many people may be wondering if this can be an issue in the future if we receive a hard freeze or a long spell of cold temperatures return before spring is finally here. I found this article in K-State Research and Extension's weekly agronomy update and I thought I would share it with you this week. It's a good reminder of what to be looking out for if your wheat fields are growing fast at this time of year.

February 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Young Stockmen’s Academy gathers in Topeka for first session

A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met in Topeka last week for the first installment of the 2016 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

February 28, 2016 | | Agriculture


Spring Is Almost Here - Corn

Last week we discussed wheat heading into spring. Today's column focuses on getting ready for the 2016 corn crop. Corn planting, depending on Mother Nature's whims, could start in as little as five weeks, especially dryland corn. For many corn producers what is listed below may have already been decided, especially with discounts for early seed orders and locking in lower prices for inputs. So what goes into getting ready to plant a corn crop? Keep in mind though not mentioned here, the selection of tillage systems plays a large role in some of these decisions.

February 28, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Advocate for agriculture

Today, almost half of the state's 2.9 million people live in five counties. Four are located in eastern Kansas and one in south-central Kansas.

February 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Soil temps

The warm, spring-like temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have been making it hard for people to remember it is still February! The warm sunshine and higher than normal temperatures feel like spring is already here and it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. One thing that is commonly overlooked when it comes to spring planning is soil temperature. Since the air temperature is so warm, it is easy to forget that the soil underneath our feet is still in the 30's right now. I found a short column about soil temperatures and how they can ...

February 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Margin compression in agriculture could lead to lower net incomes, decreased rental rates

The agricultural industry is entering a period of margin compression, in which revenues are depressed and costs remain elevated, according to Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. As a result, farming profits are expected to be thin, and net incomes are projected to be down in 2016.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


Adaptation and Evolution

Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.

February 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Producers focus on herd sire selection

Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


Valentine’s Day

Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to share it with you a short column about flowers which arrived in my email this week. Since Feb. 14, is the biggest day of the year for flower arrangements, here are some helpful tips in making sure your flowers stay beautiful as long as possible!

February 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Barton County Farm Bureau gives schools DVD

Barton County Farm Bureau presented each of the county's High School Librarians with a copy of the DVD, Farmland, an in-depth documentary about the next generation of American farmers and ranchers from academy award winning director James Moll. Most Americans have never stepped foot on a working farm or ranch or ever had the opportunity to talk to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland gives us an up close and personal look at six young farmers and ranchers and the latest farming procedures, practices and technologies that are changing and improving the landscape of ...

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


Safeguarding U.S. wheat: Kansas State University researchers staying ahead of wheat blast disease

In the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Kansas State University $6.5 million to keep a wheat fungus that has had a devastating impact on wheat production in South America out of the United States.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family ...

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


LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled ...

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances ...

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 ...

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ...

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs ...

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It ...

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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