Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those grazing it – rye. Why did hard red winter wheat (HRWW) become the king of Kansas crops for so many years?
September 27, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem.
The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of entomology. Because stable flies are difficult to control, especially around pastured cattle, he encourages producers to be proactive and begin controlling stable fly populations even when they cannot be seen.
The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering 1,861 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years. The total includes 147 market steers, 338 breeding heifers, 244 market hogs, 194 breeding gilts, 305 market lambs, 261 breeding ewes, 229 meat goats and 143 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held October 2-4 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and consider them as harmful, even deadly. However, the soil environment just like human beings benefit greatly and even need microorganisms for good health. What type of organisms are we concerned with? These organisms include algae, fungi, bacteria, archaea, nematodes, earthworms, arthropods, and insects. Not all of these are microscopic for at least part of their life cycle but all tend to be thought of in negative terms. So what ecological niches (spots) in the soil ...
September 20, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Even though temperatures have still been staying pretty hot most of the time, the cool weather snaps add that fall crispness that make thoughts about the changing seasons in the front of the mind. This also brings up thoughts of the end of the growing season and what fall chores need to be accomplished before the coming winter. This week I thought I would share an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist about houseplants. Plants that were taken outside to benefit from the summer sun should be acclimated to being indoors for the winter. Ward covers ...
K•Coe Isom, in collaboration with The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, will unveil plans to provide resources that enable the beef industry to effectively measure and communicate its progress on sustainability. The joint effort will provide much-needed assistance for the beef supply chain in responding to the ever-increasing demands of food companies, supply chain partners and consumers regarding key issues like animal care, environmental impact and worker/community engagement.
September is here and that means it is prime time to fertilize your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns. If you could only fertilize your cool-season grasses once per year, this would be the best time to do it.
Ride in a virtual combine, sift grain between your fingers and milk Blossom, the mechanical dairy cow, in Agriland at the 2015 Kansas State Fair. Located in the Pride of Kansas building, the cooperative agriculture education exhibit provides an interactive experience for children to learn more about agriculture.
September 9th was the annual Kids' Ag Day, a cooperative venture between the Great Bend Chamber, area school FFA programs, public agencies involved in agriculture, area producers/agribusinesses, and presenters who have volunteered their talents and energies to provide Barton County fourth graders a glimpse into the world of producing food, fiber, and fuel. For over twenty years this event has exposed area children to what is involved in farming and ranching. While it may seem unnecessary in a rural area, most of today's children, even here, are disconnected from where their food comes from.
September 13, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.