Last week's column addressed soil testing as a way to increase efficiency and optimize fertilizer input costs. This week will tackle other decisions producers make to wisely use inputs and manage the cost of inputs. Those not involved in production agriculture sometimes don't really understand that as much time goes into planning, book and record keeping, and managing finances as goes into the actual production of crops.
January 17, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
One of the misfortunes of progress in education is the demise of the small country school. As I look back on all the attributes of attending a two-room school during the first eight years of my life, I wonder if we may have lost something we can never replace.
January 10, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 13th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on Jan. 19-20 at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kansas.
Kansas State University Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center, Jesse Poland, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), has announced the production of an improved whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world.
I have a few more programs that have been announced lately that I thought that I would share with you this week. Since it is cold outside, what better way to spend an afternoon or evening than learning? As always, for more information, you can contact me at 620-793-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boosting farm success will be the focus of two soil health events hosted by No-till on the Plains at Salina's Bicentennial Center. The 20th annual Winter Conference will run Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Agriculture's Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium will follow on Thursday, Jan. 28.
"Women and Farming" will be a panel presentation by four women at Lyons State Bank Community Room at 7 p.m., Jan. 14. The presentation is part one of the Rice County Historical Society's lecture series on agriculture in Central Kansas and complements the "Agricultural Options" exhibit. The panel members are Susan Griffin, Carolyn Lundstrom, Margaret Scheufler, and Penny Wires. The women will explore the unique historical ties that each of them have with their farms. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions regarding their experiences on farms. Today, 28 percent of the ...
Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.
While it's too early to set in stone, it is certainly shaping up as a financially challenging year for crop and livestock producers. Crop prices, input costs, sluggish economies around the world, and many other factors will test the patience and skill of producers. This isn't to imply input prices haven't fallen but overall they haven't fallen nearly as much as most crop prices.
January 10, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands.
Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, and 2016 is here, I thought that I would share some upcoming programs to start off the New Year. Whether you are striving to learn more about production in your fields, or want to improve your horticulture skills, there are programs going on through K-State Research and Extension for you. If you have any questions about any of these programs, you can contact me at the Barton County office by calling 620-793-1910, or email me at email@example.com.
Kansas wheat farmers work hard each year to grow the nation's largest supply of high quality hard red winter wheat. In turn, we at Kansas Wheat match that commitment to excellence. Join us this holiday season as we thank all who contribute to the success of Kansas Wheat and the National Festival of Breads. Here are some of our top highlights from 2015: