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Control volunteer wheat to stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Wheat Streak Mosaic was detrimental to the western Kansas wheat crop this year.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Landscapes are under stress

The past few weeks have been brutal to our landscapes. I have been getting many calls about people's trees and grass not looking good. Most of the time, it is the heat and lack of water that we have been experiencing this July that is causing the dieback and stress. I found two short articles to share this week with you that talk about the biggest issues in the area that I am hearing about. As always, you can call me at 620-793-1910 if you have any questions.

July 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Sweltering in the ‘dog days’ of summer

In case you hadn't noticed, much of the state is mired in the "dog days" of summer. Excessive heat warnings. Abundant sunshine. High humidity.

July 29, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part III

Today's column finishes up the discussion of water erosion with how to minimize soil loss based upon the USLE, the Universal Soil Loss Equation - A=RxKxLSx CxP. To mitigate the predicted annual soil loss, A, we will briefly deal with each factor of the equation.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Essential oils can assist with livestock digestion, study finds

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University researchers have found that essential oils can play a role in livestock health.

July 21, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Prickly pear cactus once dotted Kansas

Ever hear of digging prickly pear cactus out of a pasture for 50 cents an acre?

July 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Harnessing the power of Excel workshop set for July 25

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 25th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The presenter will be Rich Llewelyn, Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University.

July 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Department of Agriculture responds to herbicide use complaints

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has experienced an increase in herbicide misuse complaints alleging crop damage due to herbicide products containing dicamba. KDA's pesticide and fertilizer program staff are actively investigating these complaints for noncompliance with state and federal laws, but cautions producers that these investigations will not characterize crop damage, acres involved, or estimated dollar losses, said KDA spokesperson Heather Lansdowne.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part II

Last week's column focused on the types of soil water erosion. While government help in understanding and controlling wind erosion was the focus in the Great Plains after the Dust Bowl, the focus in the eastern U.S. was water erosion. A series of research sites were set up with some still conducting research into the 2000s. The main focus was initially to determine what factors determine the degree of soil erosion and then how to control it. From this work, the Universal Soil Loss Equation or USLE was developed and it is probably the easiest, most concise way ...

July 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource

The Barton County Fair ends this weekend. Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to enjoy this annual tradition and support our area 4-H youth. Recently we discussed wind erosion. Today let's start examining water erosion. We may think of water erosion as more of a problem east of this area, however, water erosion is a potentially a significant problem from here to the Rocky Mountains. We think of wind erosion in our area, especially the area south of the Arkansas River, however, water erosion is a serious problem. Interestingly, because of our drier climate (less vegetation, less organic matter, and ...

July 08, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tips for watering trees

I have had a lot of questions lately about how to properly water trees. Even established trees need a good soak of 12-18 inches deep within their dripline when we experience hot and dry weather. I found a little bit of information that explains a few ways to help make sure your tree is getting the water it needs during the dry times of the year. As always, if you need any help, you can get hold of me by calling 620-793-1910, emailing me at aboor@ksu.edu, or coming into the office at 1800 12th Street in Great Bend.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Independence Day and agriculture

Rather than discuss water erosion today, let's take a detour in honor of Independence Day. When we think of July 4, we think of the great generals, soldiers, wars, and the sacrifice that went into establishing this country and keeping it secure for 241 years. For this column, we will briefly consider how agriculture has played a vital role in our history. This column has discussed Presidents who farmed and the importance of the USDA, Land-Grant Universities, Extension and so on to the development and security of the country. Why was/is agriculture so important in our existence?

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Develop relationships through dialogue

More often than we'd like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ranching. These conversations with friends, neighbors and family take place at the local café, filling station, after church or Friday evening ball games.

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will be beef and pork.

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing wind erosion, Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads out there. Today we will start to tackle wind erosion. If you think soil erosion is soil erosion you would be wrong. While there are some similarities and both remove valuable soil particles, water and wind erosion differ in major ways. So today we will discuss wind erosion mechanisms. And remember that areas like Western Kansas experience both types of erosion and in fact damage from ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Drought management

The current drought monitor has almost all of Kansas in some level of drought with much of the state in severe or extreme drought. It ...

June 16, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A winning proposition

In communities across Kansas, farmers' markets continue to offer homegrown and homemade products. Everything from freshly picked fruits and vegetables to mouthwatering baked goods, fresh ...

June 16, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kernels of truth

Wheat harvest is here and the weather certainly helped speed harvest along and not in a good way. You will hear plenty of sources willing ...

June 16, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Beef: Keeping Main Street hopping

It's 1980, and you and your friends are cruising main in your '69 Camaro, or maybe it was your '70 Mustang, many miles were ...

June 09, 2018 | Jared Oelke Ellinwood senior at Fort Hays State University | Agriculture


USDA resumes continuous CRP program enrollment

WASHINGTON - As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KFB awards grants to Kansas FFA chapters

MANHATTAN - In its ongoing support of Kansas FFA Association, Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) awarded 10 grants worth $5,000 to FFA chapters across the state ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Potential advances in crop yields

Wheat harvest is fast approaching and it will be interesting to see how yields turn out after the challenges of the last nine months. There ...

June 09, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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