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


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches. Deciduous shrubs are those that lose their leaves each ...

February 25, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What does the 2017 Cropping Season Look Like?

As this is being written, the drought monitor update for the past week hasn't been released. It will likely look the same as last week with a doughnut hole of sorts for North Central, Northeast and South Central Kansas in pretty good shape but with that area shrinking as more abnormally dry conditions creep in. The western third of Kansas is in moderate drought with severe drought expanding in Southwest Kansas. Above normal temperatures will work to deplete soil moisture. Wheat is greening up and ready for spring. So what does the Spring/Summer forecast look like? Where is ...

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


Winter wheat a mixed bag

Kansas farmers and ranchers have always faced challenges in their livelihoods. It comes with the territory.

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


Soil testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...

February 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Careers In Agriculture

With the start of a new Congress and Administration in Washington along with the start of a new session in Topeka, much of the discussion always seems to turn to the need for "good" jobs and education. With education the discussion naturally gravitates towards the high cost of four-year institutions and the debt accumulated by students and their families for a degree, if they even actually graduate. So how does that relate to agriculture?

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


Local Working Group meeting

The Barton County Conservation District board of supervisors will hold a Local Working Group (LWG) meeting 8 a.m. on March 1, at at The USDA Service Center located at 1520 Kansas AVE, in Great Bend.

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas conservation group makes good showing at National meeting

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) board President, Bill Simshauser, stated that, "Kansas was very well represented at the recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. We were honored as being in the top 10 in the total amount of dues paid by Kansas Conservation Districts. Kansas also received an award for completing training for Supervisors." In other business Ronald Brown, KACD board member from Fort Scott, Kansas was recognized for his four years of being on the NACD executive board. Bevin Law, KACD board member from Longford, KS was sworn in to the executive ...

February 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Trade already

U.S. agriculture needs the Trump administration to strongly support the crops and livestock this nation's farmers produce. Our government must commit to becoming the best we can be in international trade. If we conducted trade the same way we produced food, we wouldn't have trouble moving agricultural products to people who need them overseas.

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


Tomatoes

The recent weather that we have had has made it hard to wait for spring. I have even seen posts online of the first plants beginning to peak out from the ground! For vegetable gardeners, the time can also be spent indoors starting seeds to transplant to the garden when the soil temperatures are warmer. This week, I found a short article from out Horticulture department about the different types of tomatoes and what they will do for you in your garden. This can help when you are shopping for tomatoes so that you know what you are getting before ...

February 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Scientific Method

With all the changes in Washington since the first of the year, there is a great deal of turmoil in various agencies regarding what is and isn't "true." What is and isn't fact. There are many sources disputing the validity of scientific research. True research involves the scientific method and involves rigorous review of findings. Can this work be duplicated? The scientific method is defined simply by the OED as "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses ...

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


Look ahead

High yields and low prices characterize Kansas commodities. Discouraged, pure and simple. The family farm: Withering on the vine. There will be a moment of truth.

February 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Heartland Plant Innovations accelerates wheat breeding process

An important cornerstone of the Kansas Wheat Commission's (KWC) mission is research to enhance Kansas farmers' fields and pocketbooks. KWC does this most visibly with the wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, but many haven't seen or heard of Heartland Plant Innovations (HPI), an organization at the heart of wheat genetics.

February 04, 2017 | By Jordan Hildebrand, Program Assistant | Agriculture


FHSU Ag students put on a good show

The Fort Hays State University Department of Agriculture prides itself on its hands-on learning opportunities for students at its 3,800-acre University Farm.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Tree research

With the recent ice storm damage, many people have asked lately about recommendations for trees to plant in our area. I wanted you to know that we have several publications in the Extension office to help you pick the right tree for your landscape, as well as tips for planting, establishing, and keeping your tree healthy for years to come. I found this column in this week's Horticulture Newsletter for K-State research and Extension that shares some information about research that is being conducted on newly planted trees. As always, if you have any questions, or would like some ...

February 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Ending the employee drought facing agriculture

No real change in the Drought Monitor as of Tuesday and the moisture received since then will have little effect. It will be interesting this ...

February 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Growing canola

Agricultural producers in central Kansas with an interest in canola production can learn more at an upcoming event. K-State Research and Extension is presenting a ...

February 24, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Brunkow shows total commitment to state's ag trade

Pottawatomie County farmer/stockman Glenn Brunkow entered the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka with his hair askew and his demeanor a bit dampened. In less ...

February 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Another drought facing agriculture

There really isn't much to say regarding the continuing and deepening drought in our area. Although parts of Kansas did receive some snowfall, the ...

February 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Plan your spring planting

At this time of year when many gardeners are looking forward to nicer days ahead spent outside tending their plants, many use this time to ...

February 17, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau offers Safety Awareness Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will hold its 17th Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Barton Community College in the Case IH ...

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Speaking dat Hace American

Sometimes we get requests. Recently a couple close friends and I were discussing taking care of livestock during winter when this task can be a ...

February 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Surviving winter: conclusion

Nothing to report on the drought front except that some areas west of Barton County did receive a few inches of snow. Unless conditions change ...

February 12, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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