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Sweeping study of U.S. farm data shows loss of crop diversity the past 34 years

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem.

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Keep kids safe this harvest

Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It's even more difficult during harvest season – a peak time for agricultural injuries.

September 20, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Spring stable fly control starts in winter

The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of entomology. Because stable flies are difficult to control, especially around pastured cattle, he encourages producers to be proactive and begin controlling stable fly populations even when they cannot be seen.

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day planned for Sept. 24

Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are among those on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Manhattan.

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Entries for Kansas Junior Livestock Show set record

The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering 1,861 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years. The total includes 147 market steers, 338 breeding heifers, 244 market hogs, 194 breeding gilts, 305 market lambs, 261 breeding ewes, 229 meat goats and 143 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held October 2-4 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Microbes, Soil Health, and Crop Production

When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and consider them as harmful, even deadly. However, the soil environment just like human beings benefit greatly and even need microorganisms for good health. What type of organisms are we concerned with? These organisms include algae, fungi, bacteria, archaea, nematodes, earthworms, arthropods, and insects. Not all of these are microscopic for at least part of their life cycle but all tend to be thought of in negative terms. So what ecological niches (spots) in the soil ...

September 20, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Transitioning houseplants

Even though temperatures have still been staying pretty hot most of the time, the cool weather snaps add that fall crispness that make thoughts about the changing seasons in the front of the mind. This also brings up thoughts of the end of the growing season and what fall chores need to be accomplished before the coming winter. This week I thought I would share an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist about houseplants. Plants that were taken outside to benefit from the summer sun should be acclimated to being indoors for the winter. Ward covers ...

September 13, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Say it loud, say it proud

A successful farmer said it best about his obligation to provide the public with an understanding of his profession.

September 13, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

K•Coe Isom and the Beef Cattle Institute to unveil sustainability resources for U.S. Beef Industry

K•Coe Isom, in collaboration with The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, will unveil plans to provide resources that enable the beef industry to effectively measure and communicate its progress on sustainability. The joint effort will provide much-needed assistance for the beef supply chain in responding to the ever-increasing demands of food companies, supply chain partners and consumers regarding key issues like animal care, environmental impact and worker/community engagement.

September 13, 2015 | | Agriculture

September lawn care

September is here and that means it is prime time to fertilize your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns. If you could only fertilize your cool-season grasses once per year, this would be the best time to do it.

September 13, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriland at the Kansas State Fair: Promoting Kansas Agriculture

Ride in a virtual combine, sift grain between your fingers and milk Blossom, the mechanical dairy cow, in Agriland at the 2015 Kansas State Fair. Located in the Pride of Kansas building, the cooperative agriculture education exhibit provides an interactive experience for children to learn more about agriculture.

September 13, 2015 | | Agriculture

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

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn ...

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a ...

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sorghum tour

On Oct, 8, there will be a Sorghum plot tour in Russell and Ellsworth counties. Barton County and the Midway District of K-State Research and ...

September 27, 2015 | | Agriculture

Journey’s end?

Communication and the written word isn't what it used to be. Neither is the King's English, grammar, punctuation or just about any integral ...

September 27, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System observes National Farm Safety and Health Week

The service area for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System is largely rural in population and ranks as one of the nations' top centers for agriculture production.

September 27, 2015 | Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO | Agriculture

Why Wheat Works in Kansas

Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those ...

September 27, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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