Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. Dec. 2015, also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.
Last weekend's weather put a damper on the Thanksgiving weekend for many, however, for farmers it was a welcome event. One of the positives, at least in the immediate area was a lack of wind to damage trees, structures, and power lines covered with ice. Reno County wasn't as lucky as they had much heavier ice accumulations. And while the streets weren't good, especially within the Great Bend city limits, and cancelled many events, there was a bright side for the area.
December 06, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would not have survived. After finally having a successful harvest the following year, they had a harvest feast to celebrate with their new neighbors. We continue this tradition today on the 4th Thursday of November with family and friends. Our feast today has much in common with the first Thanksgiving celebration with some major and minor differences. In the end though, the Thanksgiving feast is a chance to gather with family and friends and remember how ...
The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza, Manhattan. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the conference kicks off at 9:30 a.m.; followed by several breakout sessions covering an assortment of alfalfa, forage production and grazing management issues presented by university and industry experts.
A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.
As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to learn of the most current research and information available in farming and ranching. During this time, K-State Research and Extension works hard to bring the specialists out to the counties to discuss current research and up to date info. There are two important programs coming up in December that you won't want to miss!
Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms from fog and freezing rain to hail, sleet, snow and rain. We will focus on rain and snow.
November 22, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way back then others began working with and domesticating animals that have evolved into present-day hogs, cattle, sheep, chickens and other livestock.
November 15, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association for the 2017 fiscal year.
This year, confirmed cases of anaplasmosis throughout Kansas and beyond are at some of the highest numbers veterinarians have ever seen. With the high incidence of cases, it is important for cattle producers to be aware of what causes the disease and how it can rapidly spread through herds.
As a child, you may have fond memories of playing in freshly raked piles of leaves on a crisp fall afternoon. As you get older, and become the person raking up the pile of leaves, the joy may fade. One recommendation that has started gaining popularity is just mulching the leaves into the lawn with your lawnmower instead of picking them up. Here is a little more information from K-State Research and Extension about the practice.