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Pre-plant wheat school

Believe it or not, fall is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to plant the 2017 wheat crop. Right now many producers are thinking about the different attributes that go into picking a variety of wheat to plant for the next year. Decisions to be made about a specific variety include disease resistance, straw strength, and drought hardiness to name a few. Other decisions that need to be thought over before planting even starts might include seed treatment options, drill performance and timing.

August 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Importance of Weight and Measures in Agriculture (Part II)

Last week's column was a brief review of what a commercial scale is and what is legally required for it to be used to buy and/or sell an item or product. This week, let's go over what as a buyer or seller you should expect under Kansas Statute. This applies to both the agricultural community and consumers.

August 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Summit on Agricultural Growth to be held August 30

Leaders from across the state will focus on the future of agriculture this month as the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host the 2016 Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth on Tuesday, August 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Conference Center. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.

August 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Vote – make a difference

A wise man once said, If you don't vote, someone else is voting for you on issues that are important in your life. This is particularly true as we head into the final stretch of the election season.

July 30, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas producers reminded of nearing deadline to submit nominations for Farm Service Agency County C

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian Polansky, SED, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

July 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Sugarcane aphid

This week's column is an excerpt from the e-Update that is released by the K-State Research and Extension Agronomy Department. Sugarcane aphid is back in Kansas, and could very well be a major issue in Sorghum fields very soon. If you think you have sugarcane aphid in your field you can contact me at 620-793-1910.

July 30, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Importance of Weight and Measures in Agriculture (Part I)

First, let's update the drought monitor. As of Tuesday only small parts of the state were rated as abnormally dry, even with the heat of the previous week and not counting any precipitation over the last five days. Now, why discuss today's topic? Sound kind of dull doesn't it? Believe it or not the science of weighing and measuring, metrology, is vital in all aspects of your life and no more so than in the area of agriculture. Barton Community College is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture providing continuing education and testing for the scale ...

July 30, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances for rain. We cope with heat through air-conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, finding shade, and sweating. But have you ever wondered how crop plants cope with excessive temperatures or why plants wilt? They can't hide or sweat but within limits they have very effective coping mechanisms. Please keep in mind this is the Readers' Digest version.

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some may see a 10 -15 percent savings. On the average food bill, this could mean $600 - $1,000 a year.

July 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled with low grain prices, the Posted County Price has been below the Barton County Loan rate of 3.14, triggering LDPs.

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Agriculture is amazing

In case you hadn't noticed, agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear daily. This industry is increasingly contributing to fuel and other ...

March 25, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part II

Last week's column defined what an essential nutrient was and some ground rules. Today, will focus on a few more important concepts before discussing ...

March 25, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Spring fever

Safe usage of herbicides and pesticides is a practice today's farmers take seriously. To apply these chemicals, ag producers must attend classes and pass ...

March 18, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


SBA economic injury disaster loans available to kansas small businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in 26 Kansas counties and neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Essential Nutrients for Plants: Part I

Things are at a bit of a standstill currently as Mother Nature can't seem to determine the thermostat setting, the wind seems to want ...

March 18, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tree planting

When is the right time to plant a tree? The answer is 10 years ago. When is the next best time to plant one? Well ...

March 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


New commissioners elected to Kansas Commodity Commissions

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans ...

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Praising Bossie

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is, this humble and in most cases easy-going ...

March 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce ...

March 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dormancy in plants

This past February and now March are looking be unseasonably warm. This is causing the plants in your landscape to break dormancy early. I have ...

March 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Fire and the Prairie

You would have to have been living in a bubble to be unaware of the fires that swept across over 20 Kansas Counties and Oklahoma ...

March 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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