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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 the spring resulting in a longer turnaround from submission to recommendations. Also, soils in the spring are often waterlogged, making taking samples difficult. If your soil test suggests more organic matter, fall is a much better season because materials are more available than in the spring, and fresher materials can be used without harming young tender spring-planted plants.

October 15, 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 to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held Nov. 18 through 19 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.

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 report: "A lack of a skilled agricultural workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture businesses." The shortage covers the gamut from entry level positions to those requiring advanced degrees with over fifty percent of the vacancies in three areas; agriculture mechanics, agriculture business and animal science. Another finding was, to quote the release: "Employers indicated that basic skills such as written communication and applied mathematics are lacking in applicants ...

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 in Kansas for the first time in its history. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will welcome the annual barbeque competition to the state, and encourages Kansans to attend this unique event.

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 Wetlands educational Center located on U.S.156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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 system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas, on Nov. 18–19, 2016. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.

October 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Find the facts

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protectors and guardians of our planet.

October 08, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


University receives patent for vaccine that could protect livestock, make food safer

A newly patented vaccine by Kansas State University researchers could be good news for meat consumers.

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Youth, livestock rewarded at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Youth from across the state earned cash premiums and scholarships while competing in the 84th Kansas Junior Livestock Show sponsored by Cargill. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Hutchinson, 702 4-H and FFA members from 88 counties exhibited a record 1,515 head of livestock.

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Spring flowering bulbs

Fall is a good time to start thinking about your spring landscape believe it or not! Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs or fertilize ones that have already been planted. I found a few short pieces from the K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department to give you a little more information for next year's spring landscape. Happy gardening!

October 08, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Conclusion

The past four columns have provided a brief overview of the water dilemma Western Kansas faces with the Ogallala aquifer. Let's put that dilemma in simple terms.

October 08, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Next Women on the Farm Workshop set for October 15 – Freezer Cooking

What's for dinner? This question probably gets asked in most households every night by every family member. If you are the preparer, you may even ask this question. The Women on the Farm group would like to help take the guesswork out by offering a Freezer Cooking Workshop on Oct. 15, at the Otis-Bison High School FCS Room.

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


October programs

The next several weeks will be very busy for K-State Research and Extension with programs for anyone and all! Whether you are interested in field production, horticulture, or just getting a nice meal on the table for friends or family, there is a program that is for you at the beginning of October!

October 01, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A fall harvest for the ages

It's a fall harvest for the record books. Corn, milo and soybean crops continue to bust the bins and pour into on-farm-storage and elevators across Kansas. Thousands upon thousands of bushels of these fall crops may end up on the ground or cement slabs temporarily.

October 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part IV

Today, we will attempt to tie the last three weeks together into the issues facing agriculture and water for Western Kansas. The idea with these columns is to briefly try and link together the factors creating the dilemma for crop production in Western Kansas and what it all means. To review briefly:

October 01, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Eat smart, stay healthy

Every day consumers can read or hear about something new concerning diets. Diets are as plentiful as the assortment of foods we can now pick ...

October 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall is a good time for soil testing

As the weather gets cooler and the growing season ends, there are still a few items that should be completed before you put your landscape ...

October 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Chickadee Checkoff accepting small grants proposals

PRATT - For 37 years, wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts have benefited from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's Chickadee Checkoff program through small ...

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Integrated Pest Management is they key

Let's finish up our discussion of the evolving challenge of controlling insect pressure in a changing environment while protecting that environment and providing a ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve ...

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support ...

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western ...

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water, water everywhere: The 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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