This year has been a very unusual one for gardening. With the slow start to the growing season, and then the drastic fluctuation on temperatures and rainfall amounts, some growers were lucky to just get produce onto their tables, let alone have their plant survive the entire season. I was up at a horticulture update this last week and even the research station in Hays had problems with their flowers, fruits and vegetables surviving and producing for them.
Myths, folklore and wives tales are everywhere, especially in agriculture. As the summer crops start to come in and farmers are itching to put the wheat in the ground, something a bit less serious is in order. Today, let's take a look at some farming folk wisdom and separate fact from fiction.
Today is the official middle of September. Producers are getting antsy to harvest summer crops and plant wheat. If you drive around the area and look closely you can find some fields already drilled, likely with rye or wheat for pasture. The recent rains will likely cause producers to pull the trigger and start planting the 2014 wheat crop a little early (unless they are waiting to harvest corn or soybeans first). Wheat farmers have arrived at the first stop on the journey that is the 2014 wheat crop – planting. But as with any trip, you need to properly prepare ...
WICHITA – The 81st-annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) promises to be a big event this year, with 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years. The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 20-23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today called on U.S. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack to extend emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to help livestock producers hit hard by lingering and intensifying drought.
Rainfall during the end of July and the first week of August has provided hope for farmers and cattlemen across Kansas – even in the farm western corners of the state.
MANHATTAN – Kansas State University's next Landon Lecture will include six of the nation's chief leaders in the agriculture industry.
Earlier this summer, I was called out several times to identify a small foxtail-like plant. I found that most cases that I saw turned out to be little barley and the best thing to do at that time was wait until closer to fall when the plant is more vulnerable and can be controlled easier. Now is the time to start planning a healthier lawn for spring and controlling winter annual plants such as little barley is important. I found this short article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture specialist Ward Upham to share with you this week about ...
Kansas ranch managers and livestock producers are invited to the Short Grass Prairie Grazing Basics and Research Tour, Sept. 17, at the K-State Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave., Hays.
Ever hear of digging prickly pear cactus out of a pasture for 50 cents an acre?
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, "If we do not all hang together, we will surely all hang separately." So how does that relate to agriculture? The answer lies in the 20th Annual Kids Ag Day held this past Wednesday at the Mauler farm just north of Great Bend.
An outpouring of research funds is helping a group of Kansas State University researchers study how human activity and climate change affect Central Great Plains water systems.
Is there a shift in human focus and concentration, or is it just me?
How can farmers prepare for extreme weather ahead? Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, as detailed in a new crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool to be released at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, August 27, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2012's record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.
If current irrigation trends continue, 69 percent of the groundwater stored in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas will be depleted in 50 years. But immediately reducing water use could extend the aquifer's lifetime and increase net agricultural production through the year 2110.
As the lights dimmed and the images flickered on the screen, the movie audience stepped into the lives of young farmers and ranchers as they took on the tasks of running their families' operations. No wannabe Bogarts or Bacalls, just honest-to-goodness people who work the land.
As the weather begins to warm, and the crops in the field begin to grow, insects start their annual migration into Kansas or come out of their winter hiding places to feast upon the new growth. One such insect that is making its presence felt across Kansas is the army cutworm. The following piece is from the agronomy department for K-State Research and Extension with some information about the army cutworm and the threshold for various crops for possible treatment.
It is corn planting season in Kansas and the Kansas Corn Commission is again reminding growers to "Know Before You Grow." Through the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) website growers can view information on the release of new seed varieties, policy stances, biotech traits and grower agreements. The site, "Know Before Your Grow," is designed to help growers have a better understanding of the type of corn they're growing and the needs of their customers.
There is a lot going on this time of year in the world of agriculture. From preparing for and planting spring crops to attending the annual Farm and Ranch Expo this past week. Cattle producers have their own set challenges as we head into spring. Today's column is a brief update of where the winter wheat crop is as of today.
Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.
Tornadoes in Kansas this spring?
State Conservationist Eric B. Banks for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the extension of the cutoff date to April 18, for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Even though CCPI is no longer a program under the 2014 Farm Bill, NRCS will honor existing CCPI agreements through fiscal year 2014. The CCPI provides financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to owners and operators of agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestlands.
The registration date for the annual Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour is coming up soon. The tour, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, assesses the condition and yield potential of the hard winter wheat crop across the state of Kansas.
There has been a great deal of activity this year in Topeka on a variety of environmental issues. Three receiving press are the status of the Greater Prairie Chicken, the possible abolition of the State's Conservation Plan, and the repeal of the standards mandating how much energy in Kansas should come from renewable sources. These as well as other issues have provoked strong reactions on both sides of the spectrum and sometimes resulted in rather unusual coalitions. The issue under discussion this week isn't which side is right or wrong but how these issues are viewed.
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