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Our Climate and Crop Production

Dr. Victor L. Martin

August 14, 2011 | | Agriculture


Sept 1 is NAP application closing date for certain crops

Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas, reminds producers that Sept. 1, is the application closing date for certain crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Crops eligible for NAP benefits are limited to those not insurable in the county and are produced for food or fiber.

August 14, 2011 | | Agriculture


Farm production expenditures climb slightly in 2010

WASHINGTON – After a brief reprieve in 2009, last year farm production expenditures resumed an upward trend. In 2010, U.S. farmers reported spending $289 billion to produce agricultural products, up from $287.4 billion in the prior year. The Farm Production Expenditures 2010 summary released on Aug. 2 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) provides national, regional and Crop and Livestock farm expenditures.

August 06, 2011 | | Agriculture


Our climate discussed

First a correction from last week regarding double-cropping called to my attention by a reader of the column.. I referred to fall planted wheat after corn or beans as double-cropping. A better description is continuous cropping. Double cropping would be soybeans or milo planted after wheat harvest. For the purpose of this column it's not a huge deal but if you're in government programs or need crop insurance, it's important. Generally, double-cropping isn't an "accepted" practice while continuous cropping would be, so double-cropping as defined by certain agencies falls outside government programs and isn't able ...

August 06, 2011 | | Agriculture


Out of the mouth of babes

Ever have an 11-year-old farmer's daughter give you a tour of their farm?

August 05, 2011 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


More emergency CRP haying and grazing announced

MANHATTAN – Adrian J. Polansky, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced this week that emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been approved for Elk, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Scott, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson counties; and CRP emergency grazing has been approved for Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Elk, Greely, Greenwood, Labette, Lyon, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson counties.

August 05, 2011 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Chamber introduces new farm show promoter

On Thursday, July 28, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development introduced Darren Dale to the Great Bend community for the second time. The first time Dale was publicly introduced was at the press conference in mid-July announcing his involvement in bringing the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo to the community on an annual basis starting next April. This time, however, he was introduced to a select group of community members who have been pivotal in the success of the Great Bend show in the past.

August 05, 2011 | | Agriculture


Our Climate – What Defines It?

Dr. Victor L. Martin

July 31, 2011 | | Agriculture


Animal Health, Conservation and Ag Marketing join Kansas Department of Agriculture

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.

July 31, 2011 | | Agriculture


Women in Ag Program announced for August 24 in Tonganoxie

Women in Ag will be the focus of a program to be held in Tonganoxie on Aug. 24 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Hwy 16 and Fairgrounds Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., meal served at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:45 p.m.

July 31, 2011 | | Agriculture


Conservation Planning . . . More Than Just a Good Idea?

It is common knowledge that planning to conserve natural resources is a good idea and the right thing to do. But did you know that conservation planning also makes good business sense? If you develop and implement a conservation plan you may receive priority status when and if you decide to apply for certain Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Also, it is one of the best tools around to help you assess and inventory your resources so you can make better decisions to help you reach your land use and natural resource goals subsequently improving your bottom line.

July 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


What goes around, comes around

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


Weather vs. Climate

Dr. Victor L. Martin

July 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


July Thoughts

I have been accused of being a bit of a pessimist from time to time. From an early age, many teachers and professors drilled into my head to "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." If you have read these columns over the last few months I tried to objectively lay out what options were available, depending on the weather. My prognosis was that this was going to be one of those summers that we haven't experienced in a long, long time and that it was too risky for dryland double cropping and that many of the ...

July 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


Scorched, scalded and burnt up

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


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