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Meaty hike: University agricultural economist breaks down record high meat prices

If you're cooking out this Memorial Weekend, plan on spending some extra money for your food, says a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

May 25, 2014 | | Agriculture


Never forget

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead – young, old, male and female – tell a story about the community.

May 25, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Weather, Climate, and Global Warming – Part 3

Before wrapping this up a response to a comment is necessary. Last week greenhouse gases were described as letting visible solar radiation reach the earth's surface but trapping heat (longwave radiation). But what about clouds since heavy cloud cover decreases visible solar radiation? Clouds are not water vapor. Clouds form when the air is saturated with water vapor (100% relative humidity) and are composed of water droplets (liquid water), ice crystals, and other components. The debate on this subject is several fold, including question such as:

May 25, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


FFA members to gather in Manhattan for annual state convention

One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 86th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 28, and run through Friday, May 30.

May 25, 2014 | | Agriculture


Wheat plot survey

Last week, area farmers met in a wheat field to survey our Extension wheat plot. It is taller than a lot of the stands around the county, but you can still see some of the stress that the frigid winter, cool spring, varying temperatures and overall drought has caused. The difference here is that there were fifteen different varieties to look at and compare all in a row. Every year wheat plots are important to the community in order to help producers make decisions on what seed they will want to plant for the following year. Having several different varieties ...

May 25, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weather, Climate, and Global Warming – Part 2

Last week's column briefly described weather, climate, global climate, and the atmosphere as a global system redistributing energy received from sunlight due to the tilt of the Earth's axis. Everything naturally moves from a higher to a lower concentration and nature seeks equilibrium or the lowest energy state. Finally, certain gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allow visible light through but don't let heat (longwave radiation) back out. Next a brief description of the what and why of global warming with apologies for the simplification.

May 18, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Livestock handling workshop attracts large, diverse crowd

On Saturday, March 12th, the Kansas Graizers hosted a low stress livestock handling workshop presented by Dr. Lynn Locatelli in Salina Ks. Dr Locatelli is a livestock handling specialist who gave a, deep, thoughtful, presentation to a full-house eager to learn more about low stress livestock handling.

May 18, 2014 | | Agriculture


Protect and enhance

There's an old saying that goes something like this: "Sometimes you have to look back on where you've been to know where you're going." While I'm not a fanatic about history, I believe it certainly has its place in our society today.

May 18, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Evergreen winter damage

This spring, I have had several calls about evergreen trees. People have noticed that their spruce trees are turning brown, usually at the ends of the branches. The question is whether or not this is a disease. In many cases, it is not and is because of the extreme cold temperatures this past winter. The key elements here are timing of damage and location of damage. In terms of timing, the trees were fine last fall and then damage showed up this winter. The location of the damage is at the end of the branches and in a lot of ...

May 18, 2014 | | Agriculture


EPA rule could shut down agriculture

A proposed rule that would expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could bring farming and ranching to a halt. Ordinary field work and everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture, planting crops and even harvest may one day require a federal permit.

May 11, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat plot

Did you know that when it comes to planting wheat, there is a lot of discussion and planning even before it is put into the ground? There are many issues and situations to think about before purchasing and planting a specific variety. At K-State Research and Extension, one of the many projects that we try to do for the community is to find a producer that is ready and willing to have a wheat variety plot on his land. The seed companies for the area including K-State usually donate the seed for the plot while the producer plants the wheat ...

May 11, 2014 | | Agriculture


Weather, climate, and global warming – Part 1

The National Climate Assessment was recently released and it focused on Global Warming and its short and long-term effects. This column isn't intended to change anyone's mind either way on the subject but to provide some information and hopefully make it easier to shift through all the dross out there.

May 08, 2014 | BY VIC MARTIN | Agriculture


Crop specialist explains record number of soybean acres

It's in your margarine, bread, crayons and building materials, but you probably don't realize it. Soybeans are everywhere.

May 04, 2014 | | Agriculture


The Cost of Soil Erosion

This past week was difficult to cope with whether you were a farmer or lived in town. Over five days of wind combined with dry conditions and exposed soil made lives difficult for everyone. As dramatic as the winds and blowing soil were, the 1930s were even worse. The cost of blowing soil included a vehicular death due to poor visibility and numerous accidents. In parts of the state roads were closed and events cancelled. As this is written, the wind has settled down and the skies are blue instead of a hazy brown. Unfortunately there is little chance of ...

May 04, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat Tour estimates lowest production since 1996

The Wheat Quality Council 2014 Hard Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up on May 1. Crop scouts estimated production for the Kansas crop at 260.6 million bushels. This is the lowest tour estimate since 1996. The average yield, calculated from 587 stops, was 33.2 bushels per acre.

May 04, 2014 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid ...

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the ...

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture


Sustaining Agriculture – Conclusion

To wrap up this series let's examine what would happen if conventional agriculture abandoned the practices discussed last week as called for by the ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Make the most of mealtime

In today's harried world, seems like everyone's schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and ...

July 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, installing GPSs, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their ...

July 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Walnut caterpillar

I have been getting a lot of calls lately about caterpillars defoliating trees in the county. When the culprit has been brought into the office ...

July 19, 2015 | | Agriculture


Sustaining Agriculture – Part II

For detail please refer to last week's column. Today focuses on the factors traditional agriculture uses the Sustainable Food Movement objects to. First though ...

July 19, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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