The weather has certainly been taking Kansans on a rollercoaster ride over the last several weeks. Temperatures have ranged from the upper 80s to the low 20s here and even lower in other parts of the state. The area has seen snow and rain with periods of dead calm and howling winds. Concerns have arisen regarding possible damage to the wheat crop with the cold temperatures. Wheat farmers would love for the markets to react to potential damage to the 2016 crop with increasing prices for the crop with no actual damage. There are two questions to answer. Why are ...
The United States needs the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to compete in world markets. The trade agreement with 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim -- including Canada and Mexico – could eliminate 18,000 tariffs countries place on U.S. goods and services.
March 25, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Strong winds continue to blow across Kansas from Sharon Springs to Olathe. Regardless of where you travel in the Sunflower State, winds scoot across fields and pastures at 15-20 miles per hour. Gusts range anywhere from 30-50 miles per hour.
March 20, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is set to host the 5th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW) in Manhattan at the K-State Alumni Center on June 8-10. Held in one of the world's leading beef cattle production regions, the event will provide a valuable opportunity for beef industry leaders and influencers to learn, gain fresh insight and actively participate in addressing beef cattle welfare.
Working and living in a rural community, we all understand the importance of the family farm. For those that are involved, the importance runs a little bit deeper. You understand that it is not just a tradition in your family, but it is a way of life. Like all things, farming has changed. There was a time where the farm was simply passed down to the next generation. Today that is not the case. It is now more important than ever to treat the family farm like the business it is. Farming is an expensive business, and one that many ...
Hopefully, everybody has pretty much adjusted to "springing forward." Losing an hour in the spring and gaining it back in the fall with all the attendant moaning and groaning is a relatively recent phenomenon and not really because of the time change itself but because of how our view of time has changed. For most of the history of humankind time wasn't a fixed but relative idea. Why? Several reasons.
The growing season, albeit early, seems to be kicking into gear already. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom, and of course, the weeds are trying to get a head start on your lawn. One of the most common questions I get every year, is what is the weed with the purple flowers, and how do I get rid of it? Well, the weed most likely is called henbit, and I have some bad news for you. You can't really eliminate it in the spring.
This past winter was the winter that wasn't for this area. For example, the average temperature in Reno County for February was over six degrees above the long-term average. With the exception of a day or two here and there, the entire winter was above average and essentially devoid of snow. March is similarly starting off that way. Wheat is definitely out of dormancy, has greened up nicely, and considering the lack of moisture for most of Kansas since the first of the year, looks good to very good. This is in spite of the warm, dry, windy conditions ...
Six couples have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. They will be honored at a banquet on Friday, March 11, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.
The weather over the past two weeks has been uncharacteristically warm for this time of year in Kansas. While many are enjoying being outdoors, this early warm spell has raised concerns for winter wheat across the state.
Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of during March 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 in this article, 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.
Golden Belt Community Foundation is excited to announce their new farmland giving program. "Your Land. Your Legacy." was created to give donors greater flexibility and options when considering a gift of farmland, including the option to request that the foundation keep the land in production to support the donor's favorite charities or causes.
A report has just been released regarding the state of bee populations in the world. There is grave concern as populations are plummeting rapidly. Naturally, many would consider this a bad thing but they may also ask that bedsides honey what's the big deal? Believe it or not, it's a huge deal for world food supplies. As one report stated: "one out of every three bites of eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest." It has been common over the last decade for beekeepers in Europe to lose 30% of their hives per year ...