This past Thursday Barton Community College hosted over 300 area high school students for the Annual Jack Kilby Science Day. They were exposed to a variety of speakers and topics ranging from the drones and blood typing to biodiesel, chemistry and physics magic. One topic involved soils and their importance to our world, not just in agriculture but in our everyday world. Another part of the soils presentation involved careers in agriculture and the challenge of feeding nine billion people in the next several decades.
WASHINGTON - Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced Friday.
This last week has really driven home that fall is here and winter is on its way! With the cooler weather, your lawn is slowing down on growth, and gathering reserves to be able to survive the dormant season. It's tempting to stop mowing all together and enjoy the much deserved break from your yard chores. As long as your grass is still growing, your turf still needs mowed for optimum health and winter hardiness. For a little more clarification, I thought I would share with you a piece from K-State Research and Extension' s horticulture specialist Ward Upham:
For the first time last week a touch of fall filled the early morning air. With the coming of fall and approach of winter, it's fun to recall some time-tested weather sayings.
Most people think that the time to get a soil test is in the spring when they start thinking about what they want to grow, and how it is going to look. While a spring test can be important if one hasn't been done for several years, a fall test can actually help you more.
Internationally known expert on forage livestock systems, Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services LLC, is returning to Kansas from Oct. 28-31, for two 2-day workshops on grazing management as it applies to the livestock business.
It is safe to say over the last year almost everyone in some fashion has thought about the government, what it should or shouldn't do, and whether it can do anything well. Lately with the events in Washington and over the last year with events transpiring in Topeka a strong diversity of opinion is evident. Like many discussions regarding government, opposing opinions frame the questions in pretty stark black and white terms. Agriculture is no different in this respect as the industry is constantly aware of and dealing with various aspects of local, state, and federal government bureaucracies. Rather ...
With winter wheat planting underway throughout Kansas, farmers are encouraged to begin planning to participate in the fifth annual Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, and win $1,000 in cash.
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 Sept. 20-23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
Governor Brownback recently proclaimed the month of October as Kansas Farm to School Month and the week of Oct. 14-18 as Farm to School Week.
Dog eating your shoes again? Do you want to garden but have a brown thumb? Dream of cloning yourself to be three places at once? These are just a few of life's little questions. 4-H can help you with these questions. 4-H is a place where everyone in the family can go together on the same night to a 4-H meeting. Join 4-H and learn the basics of dog obedience in the dog project. Join 4-H and open up a new world of fashion options by designing clothes or buying them, selecting accessories and modeling.
More than 75 Farm Bureau members of Kansas have taken leadership positions within their farm organization and will serve on the organization's agricultural advisory committees. Members on the eight state ag advisory committees surface commodity-specific issues, discuss solutions and make recommendations to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
In the last two weeks, I have been getting a lot of calls about different types of caterpillars that are migrating into people's yards and gardens, and sometimes even their houses! I will talk about a few of these and try to help you out a little bit if you are also having this problem.
Sometime over the last year or so, one of these columns was supposed to focus on the new Farm Bill. Needless to say, that hasn't happened and likely won't for some time to come. One of the casualties of the impasse in Washington going largely unnoticed isn't just the lack of a Farm Bill but as of October 1 there is no authority to continue under the previous one. Adding to the mess for agriculture is the closure of Farm Service Agency offices and most USDA functions. Instead of dwelling on Washington, let's shift the focus ...
With each passing day there's more interest in the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. This is the proposed direct current (DC) electric transmission line that would run from near Spearville north and east across the state to the Kansas-Missouri border.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.
This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...
So what can be realistically be done to deal with pesticide resistance once it happens? When pests develop resistance to pesticides, it is a difficult challenge but in most cases not an impossible one. The key to the effectiveness of these management practices include cost, time, markets and climate. Also remember we are speaking about resistance developing in insects and diseases, not just weeds.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.
People outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks have a tendency to question corporate farming whether family owned or not
As most people know, Kansas is the top wheat producing state in the USA. The first Kansas wheat crop was planted in Johnson County in 1839, since then, the yields farmers are able to harvest have more than doubled. This comes in part from universities and private companies breeding new varieties for better resistance to different pressures including fungal and bacterial. Newer varieties also have heat and drought resistance, which increase yields depending on what variety is planted in a given year. One way these organizations know how a wheat variety will perform is by planting it into a field ...
Last week's column described how pesticide resistance develops. Today describes how it can be prevented and next week how to manage it once it occurs. But first a brief review of how this problem arises. For more detail see last week's column.
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