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Agriculture and Water: Part II

Last week's column focused on water in plants. This week features water in the soil. As always, this is simply a brief overview that covers the highlights. The water contained within plants comes from the soil and is extracted by young, actively growing roots cells. The ability of the soil to hold water and allow roots to extract it is a function of the following:

September 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


A summer to remember

In the east, west, south and north, rain hung in the morning sky. Low-lying fog blanketed the Clark County countryside. At nine o'clock, the temperature inched toward 70 degrees.

September 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Winter Barley

Winter annual weeds like Little Barley are some of the more difficult weeds to control in your home lawn. It's not that they are hard to kill with chemicals; it's that many people forget to treat for them until they are highly visible in the spring. The best time to get rid of this weed however, is now when it is small. Here is a small piece from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert on controlling Little Barley in your turf.

September 10, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part I

If you live and/or farm in Kansas there are several givens in your life. The wind will blow; there will be heat; we all think about water and precipitation. There is either too much or too little water for us but seldom just the right amount. We are afraid to complain when it rains and storms because we all know precipitation can disappear for long periods of time. For the farmer, or rancher for that matter, adequate soil moisture for crops is the difference between staying in or going out of business. That is why the development of practical ...

September 10, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


KJLS entries set record for second consecutive year

The 84th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), sponsored by Cargill, again will set a record for entries, with 798 youth from 90 counties entering 2,063 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years, increasing by 200 head over last year's record numbers. The total includes 141 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 293 market hogs, 278 breeding gilts, 326 market lambs, 298 breeding ewes, 240 meat goats and 158 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 30 to October 2 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

September 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Tough year for agriculture

Record crops, low commodity prices and stalled trade negotiations spell difficult times for Kansas farmers and ranchers in 2016.

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


Agricultural growth summit attended by hundreds

Nearly 400 leaders representing a variety of agricultural interests across the state of Kansas came together on Aug. 30, at the Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.

September 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Master Gardener

The Extension Master Gardener program through K-State Research and Extension is a valuable volunteer program that trades classroom hours of study with the experts in horticulture. In return, the Master gardeners give back to their communities with the knowledge they received. Two Master Gardeners for Barton County are Monica Bowers and Karen Morton of Great Bend. I asked them to write a little bit about their experiences in the program to share this week. You can also stop by the Brit Spaugh Zoo when you have a chance to see the beautiful results of all of their hard work! For ...

September 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and Labor

First, a very happy Labor Day to all. This weekend marks the end of summer and for those of us of a certain age, it's time to put away the white belts and shoes. For producers it signals that harvest of summer crops will soon be in full swing and wheat planting is near. This weekend celebrates and honors workers and their contribution to our country. Rather than dig deeply into an agricultural subject today, let's discuss labor and agriculture. And to make it a bit more interesting, the information is in the form of a multiple choice ...

September 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Using technology responsibly

The conversations are endless. Consumers want and some demand to know the origin, safety and nutrition contained in the food they eat or feed to their families.

August 27, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cool season lawns

Now is the time to start preparing your cool season lawn for a variety of things. Whether you need to thicken your turf up, just general maintenance, or planning an entire new lawn, September is the time to take care of it if you have fescue or bluegrass. I found two short pieces from our Horticulture department that will help you make your lawn look great. If you need any more advice or help, you can always call the Extension office at 620-793-1910

August 27, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 98th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau was honored with the presence of Kansas Farm Bureau President, Rich Felt and his wife, Shirley at their Annual Picnic and Meeting held at the BCC Student Union on Aug. 11.

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What Business Are Farmers and Ranchers Really In?

An unsettled weather pattern and a stalled cold front have led to rains and cooler temperatures. While this isn't a general overall event, many areas have received significant and in some cases excessive rain. Great to fill sorghum heads and soybean pods while providing soil moisture for the 2017 wheat crop. The fall semester is upon Barton and a new class of freshman are acclimating to studying for a career in agriculture. One of the classes, Concepts for Agriculture, provides them with an overview of the basic sciences and their relationship to agriculture. Physics is the first science for ...

August 27, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Back to school with good food

With school starting across Kansas this unfortunately can mean the return of unhealthy lunches which can certainly be labeled as fast food, most of which come to schools shipped in already prepared packaging. If you have or have had children in school, you know what I mean.

August 20, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Grower and Extension collaboration yields production and management success for Kansas tomato grower

There is an old adage that things tend to skip generations. That is the case for Todd Griggs, who is now growing tomatoes and other vegetables on the land where his grandparents once had a large truck garden and farm stand near Augusta, which they operated for decades. A good portion of the land was sold by them for development and is now engulfed by the city, but Griggs still has enough room for four high tunnels on the property.

August 20, 2016 | Jean Stramel | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will ...

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Prepare garden flowers for summer

The flower gardens have been in full bloom and are looking spectacular this year. You can tell that there is a lot of pride and ...

June 10, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency County committee nomination period begins June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KSU’s quarter-scale tractor teams back in winners’ circle

MANHATTAN - The Kansas State University Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society ...

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – introduction

On Wednesday a load of wheat was delivered to an elevator in Moundridge and test cutting is ongoing and the 2017 wheat harvest is underway ...

June 10, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never say ‘Just a farmer’

While I hoped I'd never hear this phrase roll of the lips off a farmer or rancher again, I did the other day. I ...

June 10, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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