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Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128,731, according to annual Kansas Farm Management Association member data. The 2015 level was the lowest average level of nominal net farm income since 1985.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 degree mark and good southerly winds, the green in fields is rapidly disappearing. If the weather holds, harvest could be pretty well wrapped up by the end of this week if combines are available. Let's finish up the discussion of cover crops. Part I described what they are while Part II discussed the possible benefits of cover crops. Now, what are the potential problems and pitfalls? These potential problems aren't intended to dissuade ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


K-State recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2016 Cattle Feeders College

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Kendall Lock of Triangle H as the recipient of the "Top Hand" award at the 2016 Milling and Maintenance Session of the K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 24 in Garden City, Kansas.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat market show

The warm temperatures and sunny days are ripening the wheat, and it will be ready to harvest very soon. The wheat crop is looking to be very good this year, and much better than expected a few months ago. With so many excellent fields out there, producers may be interested in entering a variety into the Barton County Market wheat show for the County Fair.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Now That’s Rural: Randy Kemp – Eskridge Lumber

It's been called a "step back in time," a local resource for hardware and materials, and a lifesaver when somebody is in a jam. It's a small town Kansas lumberyard which now has new life under local ownership.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas State University advances research and education outreach to address fatigued cattle syndrome

Two Kansas State University beef cattle researchers are developing a prevention program for fatigued cattle syndrome. The syndrome, which has the potential to cause mobility issues in feedlot cattle stressed during the end of the feeding period, was identified through research at the university in 2014 that was funded by a grant from Merck Animal Health.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part II

First, combines are rolling in Kansas and early reports are promising with good yields, test weights and protein levels. The rains and relatively mild weather allowed wheat to maximize filling and mature instead of dying, provided diseases didn't interfere. The forecasted rains could slow down progress and lower test weights. Now back to cover crops.

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Worry less

Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."

June 04, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute provides online resource for upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive changes

Striving to provide the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes in regulations related to the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University is offering a new online resource – for free.

June 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


June is Kansas Dairy Month

Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy regions in the United States, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to celebrate our hard-working dairy farmers during the month of June as the Governor has proclaimed it Kansas Dairy Month.

June 04, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Waterlogged soils

With all of the rain that we have experienced lately, there has been some concern over how much water a plant in the landscape can handle, and for how long of a time period. This week, I found some information from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that discusses waterlogged soils, and answers some questions you may have about your turf, trees, and vegetables during this rainy time.

June 04, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part I

Since wheat harvest is a little ways off, let's take some time to consider one of the next big things in crop production – Cover Crops. This has become much more than the interest of a "fringe" of crop production (organic farming and sustainable agriculture) and has entered the mainstream with Research and Extension along with the NRCS conducting research and promoting adoption by producers. The actual movement for cover crops really started around forty years ago with the organic/sustainable agriculture movement and has slowly gained acceptance in many quarters. This week, we briefly examine what a cover crop ...

June 04, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never forget

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead – young, old, male and female – tell a story about the community.

May 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm season grasses

June is the time to fertilize warm-season lawn grasses such as bermudagrass, buffalograss, and zoysiagrass. These species all thrive in warmer summer weather, so this is the time they respond best to fertilization. The most important nutrient is nitrogen (N), and these three species need it in varying amounts.

May 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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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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