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NRCS continues investment in water conservation and improvement in nation’s largest aquifer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it is investing $8.1 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations. The Ogallala Aquifer has suffered in recent years from increased periods of drought and declining water resources and experienced a long term decline in groundwater levels, especially in southern parts of the aquifer. "The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative helps landowners build resilience in their farms and ranches and better manage water use in this thirsty region," said Eric B. Banks ...

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Has wheat gluten changed over time? Quality project seeks to find out

Dr. Chris Miller is trying to come up with a way for Celiacs to be able to consume gluten without the repercussions their body has towards it.

December 10, 2016 | Hannah Schlapp, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern | Agriculture


Dairy products getting a bubbly boost from Kansas State University scientists

Kansas State University researchers are deploying small air bubbles invisible to the human eye in a quest to improve several popular dairy products and co-products.

December 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plants And Cold Weather

The area has finally experienced a blast of winter. Lows well-below freezing and a day where temperatures never rose above freezing. Livestock and other mammals can cope pretty well with adequate food and water. Reptiles and certain mammals hibernate. Birds migrate. But how do plants such as our 2017 wheat and canola crop cope? What about perennial plants like prairie grasses and alfalfa? They usually cope better than we expect.

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


Cutting wind

When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold from inside. How an individual feels about the cold weather usually depends on where he/she grew up, age and more importantly, attitude.

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


Farm Service Agency extends voting deadline for County Committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian J. Polansky announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016, to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Cattle Herd Health Meetings

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive at meetings across Kansas this fall offered by K-State Research and Extension. In the central part of the state, a series of meetings has been scheduled for December 13, in Great Bend and Pratt and Dec. 14 in Kinsley and South Hutch.

December 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Truth In Agriculture Reporting

There has been and continues to be a great deal of buzz regarding "fake news" on social media, even having it picked up and reported on mainstream media outlets. Fake news isn't defined as reporting that got some facts wrong or is slanted but news that simply isn't true, made up, often attributed to fictional publications or media, and designed to appeal to biases. It is designed to look legitimate on the surface. This is done for various reasons. It may be to influence an election or the public's opinion on a given subject. A main reason ...

December 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Crop conditions deteriorate as drought invades Kansas

Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western Kansas is currently in moderate to severe drought just a few weeks after the entirety of the state was declared drought free for the first time in six years.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


High pH and iron

Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in our area, and it can be enhanced during times of higher stress such as drought. That's not to say that we lack iron in the soil, but that our pH levels are high because of the limestone in our soils. This causes the iron to be tied up and therefore inaccessible to the plants. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that goes a little more in ...

November 26, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It could happen again

For the farmers, ranchers and firefighters who live in Barber and Comanche counties, the possibility of another "living, breathing fire monster" is never far from their minds.

November 26, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


December’s Here – Where Are We?

Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into a topic today, let's take a look at where our area is as of the end of November.

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers Union invites all to meeting

LARNED - Pawnee County Farmers Union will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pawnee County Courthouse lounge.

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The general store – gone but not forgotten

Years ago, almost every town had one. They served as a meeting place among friends and neighbors. You could catch up on local news and wet your whistle at the same time.

November 19, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA resumes incentives to grow the bioeconomy and improve forest health

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

November 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will ...

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Prepare garden flowers for summer

The flower gardens have been in full bloom and are looking spectacular this year. You can tell that there is a lot of pride and ...

June 10, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency County committee nomination period begins June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KSU’s quarter-scale tractor teams back in winners’ circle

MANHATTAN - The Kansas State University Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society ...

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – introduction

On Wednesday a load of wheat was delivered to an elevator in Moundridge and test cutting is ongoing and the 2017 wheat harvest is underway ...

June 10, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never say ‘Just a farmer’

While I hoped I'd never hear this phrase roll of the lips off a farmer or rancher again, I did the other day. I ...

June 10, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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