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The Disconnect between People and Food

September 9th was the annual Kids' Ag Day, a cooperative venture between the Great Bend Chamber, area school FFA programs, public agencies involved in agriculture, area producers/agribusinesses, and presenters who have volunteered their talents and energies to provide Barton County fourth graders a glimpse into the world of producing food, fiber, and fuel. For over twenty years this event has exposed area children to what is involved in farming and ranching. While it may seem unnecessary in a rural area, most of today's children, even here, are disconnected from where their food comes from.

September 13, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Return from cow heaven

After spending four months in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, 60 head of Doug Zillinger's momma cows returned home in mid-August to the short-land grass of Phillips County.

September 06, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Climatologist says current El Niño could mean more favorable weather for Midwest crops

Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Cattle herd expansion well underway, but beef supplies remain tight

U.S. cattle producers are responding to recent record-high prices by expanding their herds, but Americans' appetite for beef will play a crucial role in how the larger supply will play out for the producer's bottom line, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Surgarcane aphids in Barton County

Sugarcane aphids have now been confirmed in Barton County. From reports in Oklahoma, as well as some southern counties in Kansas, this insect has a very good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. Right now, scouting your sorghum fields twice weekly can allow you to assess if you have the aphid, and at what levels. The sugarcane aphid reproduces very fast, so they can reach the threshold quickly. If spraying is warranted ...

September 06, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Newly identified vernalization gene provides insights into the mechanisms of fine-tuning of wheat to

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Gerrish returns to Kansas for three workshops, six days, September 21-26

Renowned Grazing Management Specialist Jim Gerrish will cover a wide range of beef production issues during three September Amazing Grazing events across Kansas.

September 06, 2015 | | Agriculture

Agriculture and Labor

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the official end of summer and a transition to more indoor activities. For many it means things are slowing down a bit and thoughts start to turn towards the holiday season. While that may be true for much of the country, for those in Kansas agriculture, and depending on the weather, it's just another day in the office.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

It’s up to me

Any idea how much packaging we throw away in every household across the United States?

August 30, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Elm leaf beetles

At this time of year, most of the elm trees in Barton County start looking burnt. Their leaves turn brown and some may fall. Overall, the tree just looks unhealthy and many people start to worry if their tree is going to die. A lot of this damage however, had been caused by a little beetle and its offspring. The elm leaf beetle is an annual problem for the Elms in our area, so I thought that I would share a short column about the little pest, and if you decide to treat, when and what to control them with.

August 30, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture In Society

Most students in the Agriculture Program at Barton Community College take a class titled Agriculture In Society. This isn't simply a class to fulfill a social science requirement. The purpose of this class is threefold. First it's important to trace and understand the development of agriculture throughout history and how that development impacted the development of civilization. Second, it's important to understand how modern agriculture impacts modern society and really made it possible. Finally, students need to understand how modern society views agriculture, how agriculture views modern society, and the challenges agriculture faces in attempting to help ...

August 30, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Feeding our youngsters

For many children summer vacation zoomed by too quickly and they're not excited about the new school year that is about to begin. Others are looking forward to school starting so they have something to eat.

August 23, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Upcoming programs

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, The K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center in Hays will be hosting their annual Fall Crop Seminar. The event will be held at the Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave, in Hays. Registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. with the Program from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.This is your chance to talk with several specialists that will be on hand, and to listen to up to date information on their varying expertise. Some of these topics will include information about the Sugarcane Aphid, Managing Iron Deficiency Chlorosis in Grain Sorghum ...

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas farmers encouraged to be proactive in wheat disease control

Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant during wheat planting season to select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season. Wheat flag smut was detected in Kansas earlier this summer and with potential yield and trade implications from the fungus prevention in the upcoming crop will be important.

August 23, 2015 | | Agriculture

Planting the Next Crop of Farmers

The official end of summer in Kansas is really the start of school. Most public schools are now in session and Barton Community College started this past Wednesday. The next "crop" of students has started on the formal journey of becoming professionals in agriculture while some are in their sophomore year. It might be a bit of a stretch but let's compare education and agriculture.

August 23, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

KDA welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will ...

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during ...

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference to Feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food ...

October 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Find the facts

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protectors and guardians of ...

October 08, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

University receives patent for vaccine that could protect livestock, make food safer

A newly patented vaccine by Kansas State University researchers could be good news for meat consumers.

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Youth, livestock rewarded at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Youth from across the state earned cash premiums and scholarships while competing in the 84th Kansas Junior Livestock Show sponsored by Cargill. During the state ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Spring flowering bulbs

Fall is a good time to start thinking about your spring landscape believe it or not! Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs ...

October 08, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture and Water: Conclusion

The past four columns have provided a brief overview of the water dilemma Western Kansas faces with the Ogallala aquifer. Let's put that dilemma ...

October 08, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Next Women on the Farm Workshop set for October 15 – Freezer Cooking

What's for dinner? This question probably gets asked in most households every night by every family member. If you are the preparer, you may ...

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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