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.
Minimum air temperatures across Kansas dipped well below freezing March 19 and 20, which could pose a problem for some of the state's wheat crop, said Mary Knapp, assistant climatologist with the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.
In the past week, the area experienced freezing temperatures for several nights during the week and weekend. It is still several weeks before the normal dates of the last spring freeze in the state, and a freeze during the week of March 14-20 normally does not cause any problems for wheat. However, this year the wheat is much more advanced in development than normal.
The Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management will once again be sponsoring the Kansas Range Youth Camp this year from July 12 -15th. This camp has been held for over 55 years, and the purpose of the camp is to educate youth about what rangelands are, why they are important, and how best to manage these lands to stay sustainable.
A large wildfire that started in Woods County, Okla., and spread to Comanche and Barber counties in Kansas burned an estimated 397,420 acres, hay reserves, fences and other personal property March 22-23.
Barton County was host to Heart of Kansas Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at each of the six county 4-H Days. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional include Midway District (Ellsworth and Russell), Pawnee, Rice, Stafford and Barton.
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 ...