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Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival of the smallest in the litter.

February 07, 2016 | | 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 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A five-year partnership agreement between NRCS and the Kansas Forest Service provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality.

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture

Education and Agriculture: Traditional or Technical Education?

throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing to graduate from high school and older nontraditional potential students. One of these events takes place on Leap Day, Feb. 29, a Career and Technical Education Fair from 1 until 3 p.m. that is open to anyone interested. For information or to sign up you may contact Denise Schreiber at (620) 792-9324. Some programs, welding and the natural gas programs for example, are easily seen as technical while some such as nursing and agriculture ...

February 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Hoisington-native Wayne Stoskopf receives wheat leadership award

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, received awards for their leadership on issues important to wheat producers from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Roberts also addressed the NAWG Winter Conference.

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture

A farmer’s creed

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

February 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration – especially as population numbers in our rural communities and regions of Kansas continue to decline.

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is becoming more difficult, many producers are looking for options and additional control methods than those used in the past. With all of the opinions and advice out there, getting the most up to date, research driven information available is truly important.

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events recently, it is worth revisiting the topic of climate change a.k.a. global warming. Revisiting since this topic was discussed last year in this column. What prompts this column is the spate of memes, posts, interviews, etc. regarding items such as "Here's your three feet of global warming." And interviews with politicians and commentary by radio and TV hosts regarding the global warming "hoax" and not "believing" in it.

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Calving season tips: Increased energy management during extreme weather is crucial

Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also tend to bring on the most volatile and extreme cold periods, cold stress can add another level of needs to their energy requirements.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture

Praising Bossy

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 beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.

January 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

National Science Foundation awards grant extension to continue development of high-throughput measur

The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase food production.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture

Winter bird feeding

Severe winter weather is not only hard on people but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Though birds also require water and shelter, food is often the resource most lacking during cold weather. Many different bird food mixes are available because various species often prefer different grains. However, there is one seed that has more universal appeal than any other: black oil sunflower. If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix. White proso millet is second in popularity and is the favorite of dark-eyed ...

January 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Conserving Resources for the Future

This is the time of year when awards are given for those working to conserve the most valuable resource in agriculture – the soil. Hopefully you had the opportunity to review the winners and articles recently in the Tribune. There are several categories of awards with the focus on protecting soil and providing habitat for wildlife. Many probably wonder why this matters. The answer is simple – even if you live in Manhattan, Kansas or New York, your life is impacted everyday by the soil and what it provides. It isn't an accident that banks help sponsor many of these awards ...

January 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

K-State Sorghum Production Schools set for early February

A series of four Kansas State University Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in early February to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Fall Weather and Agriculture

The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal ...

October 22, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas byway celebrates agriculture

Oct. 6, marked the dedication of the first byway to exclusively celebrate agriculture in this country. Located in far western Kansas and named the "Land ...

October 22, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lady beetles

they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators ...

October 22, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

KDA welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will ...

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during ...

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference to Feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food ...

October 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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