The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be trimming branches and starting to train the branches so that they have well- spaced limbs to be able to carry the load of apples in the future. These first few years of letting the apple trees establish themselves, and guiding the branches to the correct angles will help them have a long productive life for the community. On Sunday, May 1, K-State Research and Extension will host a fruit tree trimming class from 1-3 at ...
Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here. Now through the end of June is an extremely busy time for crop producers and for that matter, livestock producers.
Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95. I was on my way to a Rattlesnake Roundup outside of Sharon Springs. While taking the back roads where I grew up, I happened upon the inspiration for the following story. While Mr. Smith is dead and gone, hardy souls and stories like his are worth revisiting.
April 17, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The wheat crop in Kansas is now at the flag leaf emergence stage of growth in much of southern and central Kansas. The crop is at mid- to late-joining in the west central and northwest regions of the state. The crop is generally considered to be two or three weeks ahead of schedule.
Last week's column dealt with the weed named the number one weed problem for 2016 – Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species. This week let's broaden the focus a bit and include not just this weed species but all common problem weeds, especially those that have developed resistance to herbicides, especially Roundup® (glyphosate).
While a great many who live in the city experience a speedy Internet, some of those living in more rural areas of the United States do not experience the same luxury. Slow Internet speeds in less populated regions can prove troublesome for those working in agricultural fields.
Used to be every farm in Kansas raised chickens along with cattle and swine. This wasn't just country folks either. Town and city families often raised their own chickens too, especially if they lived in rural areas.
April 10, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagaers. Agriculture is a family based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education on what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.
Being "Number 1" is often thought of as a good thing. Just ask the Royals, Villanova or the Denver Broncos. Being number 1 is something earned, however, while it's because you're the best at something, it's not always a positive. Take being "Public Enemy Number One" for example. This year several publications and weed specialists have declared a "Weed Enemy Number One" for 2016 – Palmer Amaranth. Not that other weeds aren't headaches, but why single out Palmer Amaranth?
Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of April 22, 2016, to apply for 2016 initiatives funding.
The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is back for its fifth anniversary. As in past years, in Expo 3 at noon, there will be programs for Agriculture Producers brought to you by K-State Research and Extension. This year, there will be programs on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.
This past month, the country celebrated agriculture and all its contributions not just to Barton County or The United States, but really to the world. The world population is currently over 7,400,000,000 and is expected to reach 9,600,000,000 by 2050. That's an additional 2 billion mouths to feed in a little over 30 years. Currently, we are all well aware of malnutrition and even starvation in various parts of the world. The question then is can the world produce enough food to adequately feed 9.6 billion people. The short answer is yes ...
A long road ahead is probably the best way to describe the aftermath of the Anderson Creek wildfire in south-central Kansas, particularly for cattle producers who have relied heavily on grazing as the main source of herd nutrition. Not only are many pastures burned in Comanche and Barber counties, but the cattle are facing a variety of other health-related problems following the fire, said Kansas State University veterinarian Dave Rethorst.