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Silent sentinels on the High Plains

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 03, 2011 | | Agriculture


Funding Available

Non-Point Source Pollution Management funding is available for individuals who are suffering with a failed septic system, or needing to plug an abandoned water well. Sign-up will be until July 31.

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


“Do You Feel Lucky?”

One of the dangers of writing a weekly column for the Sunday paper is the chance that from the time it's submitted until you read it, things can change, especially when you are dealing with weather and farming. As I write this column, we avoided some very nasty weather in the area and really only had to deal with some very strong winds. Wheat harvest is proceeding rapidly with good test weights and adequate to good protein. Double-crops are going in the ground and that provides a good spot to pick up where last week's column left off ...

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


Farmers are not truckers

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


USDA designates 25 counties in Kansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 25 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of wheat and forage crops caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continuing. Those counties are:

June 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


USDA announces new recreational, fishing and hunting opportunities in rural areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced developments in two popular USDA programs that will support conservation of working lands for the benefit of wildlife, water quality, and recreation. The Secretary announced that USDA will accept 2.8 million acres offered by landowners under the 41st Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands while providing payments to property owners. Additionally, USDA has approved eight additional states and one tribal government to participate in the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which encourages private landowners to provide public access to their lands for ...

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor Martin Column

Unless the weather decides to turn wet and cold, wheat harvest should be in full swing when you read this. As expected, yields have been all over the place so far in our fair state, ranging from a few bushels to 40 bushels or more per acre. Several fields in Stafford County were in the 50 bushel range. So far test weights have been over 60 pounds per bushel and protein levels over 12%. So while the yields aren't great, the quality appears good and the price holding. Now the trick is to bring in the crop before rain ...

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


Happy as a clam

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


Oregon meets Kansas

Hello Barton County! My name is Rena Berrett and I am the 2011 summer intern at the Barton County Office of K-State Research and Extension. This fall I will be a senior in Agricultural Business Management at Oregon State University. I just finished a year long exchange for the 2010-2011 school year where I studied at Kansas State University through the National Student Exchange Program.

June 12, 2011 | | Agriculture


A field feast

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

June 12, 2011 | | Agriculture


County Committee nominations being accepted

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Adrian Polansky, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas.

June 12, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor Martin

The past week was an interesting one for me and for many of us in the technical division at Barton. We were involved in the annual Breaking Traditions two-day event that exposed high school age young women and men to careers that they may not have considered as part of their future. Careers ranged from working on gas pipelines to criminal justice, automotive technician and agriculture. Even in today's world we all tend to assign certain careers by gender and this was a chance for these highschoolers to "think outside the box."

June 12, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor L. Martin

Some of us have gone beyond gratitude for much appreciated meaningful rain before Memorial Day to needing a little time to dry out but afraid to complain about too much rain after the last nine months. So is the drought over? While the rains helped a lot, portions of Kansas, especially in the extreme southwest were under an "exceptional" drought and much of our immediate area, primarily south of the Arkansas River in the sandier areas were under "severe" or "extreme" drought conditions. While we can breathe easier for now, normal to above normal rainfall is necessary to keep the ...

June 05, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor L. Martin

Next week we will pick up our discussion of rotational no-till crops for our area. This week, let's take a moment and see what the weather of this past week means for the area. Unfortunately, as is often the case here, the price of meaningful rain is severe weather, especially during the spring and early summer. The tragic deaths in northern Stafford County are a reminder of just how quickly our weather can turn violent and deadly. The warning system at the college went off warning of a tornado in the area as I was preparing to leave and ...

May 29, 2011 | | Agriculture


Barton County Farm Bureau scholarships

Barton County Farm Bureau awarded four scholarships to Barton County Seniors whose parents are members of the Barton County Farm Bureau Association. The 2011 scholarship winners are from left to right; Brent Stoss son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stoss, Allie Hipp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hipp, Jennifer Funk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Funk and Matt Beran, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Beran Jr.

May 29, 2011 | | Agriculture


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Watering trees

The year has been feast or famine when it comes to rain. In spite of the recent rains we have been blessed with, we are ...

July 14, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


An old, new crop For Kansas

First as usual, a drought update is in order. The area no longer under drought conditions or even abnormally dry has expanded from northwest Kansas ...

July 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Better than expected

"Better than expected, but not what we'd hoped for."

July 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


It's time to plane fall harvest

Probably the last thing the average gardener thinks of doing in the heat of the summer is to plant another round of vegetables ... again. However ...

July 14, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Agriculture


Fair time

It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will ...

July 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble

Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble is very important to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from going to seed and adding to the weed ...

July 07, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


KLA partnering on Kansas cattle traceability project

TOPEKA – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is one of the key partners in a new cattle traceability pilot project. Cattle Trace will involve an end-to-end ...

July 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant weather not people weather

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Northwest Kansas and a fair portion of North Central Kansas are completely out of drought as ...

July 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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