The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host four regional workshops in 2016 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers.
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, the Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) President Richard Felts was elected to a term on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) board of directors today during the AFBF annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Felts will represent the Midwest region on the board that includes 11 states.
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 email@example.com.
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