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Surviving Hard Times – Part II

Last week's column addressed soil testing as a way to increase efficiency and optimize fertilizer input costs. This week will tackle other decisions producers make to wisely use inputs and manage the cost of inputs. Those not involved in production agriculture sometimes don't really understand that as much time goes into planning, book and record keeping, and managing finances as goes into the actual production of crops.

January 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Two-room school

One of the misfortunes of progress in education is the demise of the small country school. As I look back on all the attributes of attending a two-room school during the first eight years of my life, I wonder if we may have lost something we can never replace.

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


Buying local firewood helps prevent spread of tree diseases

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) encourages Kansans who use firewood to heat their homes to consider using local firewood to help prevent the spread of tree diseases and pests.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee to meet in Lyons

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


‘Cover Your Acres’ conference set for Jan. 19-20

K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 13th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on Jan. 19-20 at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Sequencing the wheat genome to help feed the world

Kansas State University Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center, Jesse Poland, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), has announced the production of an improved whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Women on the Farm

I have a few more programs that have been announced lately that I thought that I would share with you this week. Since it is cold outside, what better way to spend an afternoon or evening than learning? As always, for more information, you can contact me at 620-793-1910 or aboor@ksu.edu.

January 10, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Soil health events focus on improving farm success, celebrate 20 years in Salina

Boosting farm success will be the focus of two soil health events hosted by No-till on the Plains at Salina's Bicentennial Center. The 20th annual Winter Conference will run Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Agriculture's Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium will follow on Thursday, Jan. 28.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Women and Farming

"Women and Farming" will be a panel presentation by four women at Lyons State Bank Community Room at 7 p.m., Jan. 14. The presentation is part one of the Rice County Historical Society's lecture series on agriculture in Central Kansas and complements the "Agricultural Options" exhibit. The panel members are Susan Griffin, Carolyn Lundstrom, Margaret Scheufler, and Penny Wires. The women will explore the unique historical ties that each of them have with their farms. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions regarding their experiences on farms. Today, 28 percent of the ...

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau honors tradition and heritage of family farms

Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Surviving Hard Times – Part I

While it's too early to set in stone, it is certainly shaping up as a financially challenging year for crop and livestock producers. Crop prices, input costs, sluggish economies around the world, and many other factors will test the patience and skill of producers. This isn't to imply input prices haven't fallen but overall they haven't fallen nearly as much as most crop prices.

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


Agriculture is up to the task

The end of agriculture in America is near. American agriculture will soon lose its competitive edge.

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


Agricultural Conservation Easement Program application deadline set for January 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands.

January 03, 2016 | | Agriculture


January programs

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, and 2016 is here, I thought that I would share some upcoming programs to start off the New Year. Whether you are striving to learn more about production in your fields, or want to improve your horticulture skills, there are programs going on through K-State Research and Extension for you. If you have any questions about any of these programs, you can contact me at the Barton County office by calling 620-793-1910, or email me at aboor@ksu.edu.

January 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


10 Reasons to Thank a Kansas Wheat Farmer

Kansas wheat farmers work hard each year to grow the nation's largest supply of high quality hard red winter wheat. In turn, we at Kansas Wheat match that commitment to excellence. Join us this holiday season as we thank all who contribute to the success of Kansas Wheat and the National Festival of Breads. Here are some of our top highlights from 2015:

January 03, 2016 | | Agriculture


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This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, making sure their GPS works, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another ...

June 25, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Faces of Harvest: Geoff and Jenny Burgess

First generation farmers Geoff and Jenny Burgess of Burgess Hill Farms may have grown up more than 4,000 miles apart, but their passions for ...

June 25, 2016 | Malerie Strahm | Agriculture


Harnessing the Power of Excel workshop set for July 12th

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 12th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The ...

June 25, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What to do with wheat ground

After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Response to Vision

MANHATTAN – A new type of farm has been established in Kansas with a primary focus on water conservation in addition to crops and livestock.

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128 ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


“Creating the Best Day Ever” conference helped teachers in-fuse ag in classroom education

State agriculture focused non-profit, the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC), hosted their inaugural one-day summer conference at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Outhouse lore

Several images surface as we dust off the cobwebs of our minds and reflect back on rural Kansas and those days of years gone by ...

June 18, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


University’s quarter-scale tractor team places second at international competition

The Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor A team placed second overall at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant Something in June

This week, I thought I would share a column written by KSRE's Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Nursery Crops for K-State. If you would ...

June 18, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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