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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


Prussic acid poisoning

Grazing milo stalks in Barton County is a very useful way to feed cattle after pastures have gone dormant for the season. Prussic acid can be a concern when grazing milo and it is a good idea to know how to lessen the risk of poisoning when grazing. I wanted to share this article from Sandy Johnson, North West Livestock specialist on a few things to consider when grazing stalks in this unusual fall.

November 19, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Kayleigh Bitter, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, Council Vice President served as the emcees.

November 19, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Agriculture


Where Did That Thanksgiving Meal Really Come From?

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We have just finished up the elections. Commodity prices could be better. We all need a break. So today, instead of some discussing some deep issue in agriculture or the latest problem, let's take a break and focusing on something we can almost all agree on – Thanksgiving dinner. More specifically, as we celebrate, outside of the Independence Day, the most American of holidays, we did our feast really come from? With apologies for any family or regional traditions.

November 19, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Welcome to the land of opportunity

Nowhere on earth can you invest your money more safely or profitably than western Kansas. That was the marketing pitch back in 1905 from Wise & Stern dealers in farms, grazing lands and stock ranches.

November 12, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Commodity Futures Workshop

Pawnee County Extension will be hosting a Commodity Futures Workshop featuring guest speaker Darrell Holaday. The training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov 30, at the J.A. Haas Building in Larned. A lunch and handout materials will be available to those who RSVP by Nov 23, to Pawnee County Extension at (620)285-6901.

November 12, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers aim to heighten feed mill biosecurity

They've come a long way already, but Kansas State University researchers studying the safety of animal food produced in feed mills say they've got plenty more to learn as they work to maintain safe food for animals and humans.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


How Plants Sense Their Environment

We think of plants as unsensing and incapable of reacting to their environment. It's true that they don't have a nervous system in the same way higher animals do but they do have mechanisms to cope with challenges and avoid problems. And while they don't possess glands that produce hormones like many animals, they do produce hormones that regulate many functions. Rather than go into them all let's tackle a few ways that plants sense and adapt to their environment. Today's focus is on flowering and how to avoid conditions that would prevent the production ...

November 12, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


The unintended consequences of new GMO soybeans

Most of the area has received significant, beneficial rains over the last ten days. While it won't "make" the soybean and milo crops, it ...

August 19, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Rush County Conservation District will host two Pollinator Conservation Planning ...

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or ...

August 19, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 99th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau Association held its Annual Dinner Meeting at the Barton Community College Student Union on Aug. 10. Seventy-five members and guests were ...

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

Today's column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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