A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a soil test won't tell you what is wrong, and we have to dig deeper to find out why plants are not as healthy as they should be. I found a piece from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert Ward Upham to share with you this week that goes over a few reasons why your plants may be struggling outside of nutrient requirements.
The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue today but from a slightly different angle. Most stories and information focus on serious injury and death from farming/agricultural industry accidents. This is indeed a problem with eight farm related deaths in Kansas through August of this year. Stories also focus on the number of minors injured and killed on the farm or ranch. Think about how many other workplaces are also homes. While the agricultural industry is still near the top of the ...
October 04, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
On Oct, 8, there will be a Sorghum plot tour in Russell and Ellsworth counties. Barton County and the Midway District of K-State Research and Extension planted the plot and are hosting the tours. There are 20 different varieties of Sorghum that was donated by seed dealers representing eight companies. Specialists from KSRE will be on hand to discuss issues that have arisen in sorghum in their fields of expertise. Curtis Thompson, KSRE weed specialist will be highlighting weed control options in Sorghum. Lucas Haag, North East Agronomist will be talking about production practices. J.P. Michaud, Entomology will be ...
Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those grazing it – rye. Why did hard red winter wheat (HRWW) become the king of Kansas crops for so many years?
September 27, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem.
The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of entomology. Because stable flies are difficult to control, especially around pastured cattle, he encourages producers to be proactive and begin controlling stable fly populations even when they cannot be seen.
The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering 1,861 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years. The total includes 147 market steers, 338 breeding heifers, 244 market hogs, 194 breeding gilts, 305 market lambs, 261 breeding ewes, 229 meat goats and 143 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held October 2-4 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and consider them as harmful, even deadly. However, the soil environment just like human beings benefit greatly and even need microorganisms for good health. What type of organisms are we concerned with? These organisms include algae, fungi, bacteria, archaea, nematodes, earthworms, arthropods, and insects. Not all of these are microscopic for at least part of their life cycle but all tend to be thought of in negative terms. So what ecological niches (spots) in the soil ...
September 20, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Even though temperatures have still been staying pretty hot most of the time, the cool weather snaps add that fall crispness that make thoughts about the changing seasons in the front of the mind. This also brings up thoughts of the end of the growing season and what fall chores need to be accomplished before the coming winter. This week I thought I would share an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist about houseplants. Plants that were taken outside to benefit from the summer sun should be acclimated to being indoors for the winter. Ward covers ...
K•Coe Isom, in collaboration with The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, will unveil plans to provide resources that enable the beef industry to effectively measure and communicate its progress on sustainability. The joint effort will provide much-needed assistance for the beef supply chain in responding to the ever-increasing demands of food companies, supply chain partners and consumers regarding key issues like animal care, environmental impact and worker/community engagement.