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Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership announces first Farm Bill field hearing in Kansas

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. announced the Committee will hold its first field hearing of the 115th Congress in Manhattan on the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies Part II – Water

Today we will focus on efficiency in crop production and water. The latest Drought Monitor report ties into this. As of this past Tuesday, our area is no longer even moderately dry except for a sliver of northern Barton County and extreme western Rush and Pawnee Counties. Moderate drought has retreated to the western quarter of the state, however, there is still a sliver of severe drought in Southwest Kansas. A large part of efficiency is effective conserving and using resources. Water is certainly a key resource so how do producers efficiently use water to optimize possible crop production? This ...

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Hays to host regional Farmers’ Market Vendor Workshop

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Hays on Feb. 17, to assist farmers' market vendors and managers. This is the fourth of four regional workshops which are being hosted by KDA this year.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Navel oranges and seedless watermelons

With some of the negative publicity about this country's food supply, some folks have concluded the best plate may be an empty plate. How else are they going to avoid killer popcorn, monster tomatoes, drug-treated cattle, radioactive chicken and toenail hotdogs?

January 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas water talk series in six cities

Kansas Water Office, Regional Advisory Committees (RACs), and Risk Management Agency (RMA) will hold Water Talk Series 2017 on Jan. 31-Feb. 21, in Concordia, Goodland, Sharon Springs, St. John, Garden City and Ulysses

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pruning storm damaged trees

This past weekend was very rough on our trees in the area. There are many trees that need some trimming to remove broken limbs or to clean up the break point after the branch has fallen off. Unfortunately, some trees have enough damage that they will need to be removed entirely. If you do need professional help to clean up your landscape, I do have a list of arborists that are in the area. Just call, email or stop by the office if I can help. Below is an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert ...

January 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA expands grasslands conservation program to small-scale livestock producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that USDA will accept over 300,000 acres in 43 states that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment with emphasis placed on small-scale livestock operations. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits. Approximately 200,000 of the accepted acres were offered by small-scale livestock operations.

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies Part II – Soil Testing Benefits

While off in the timing and location a bit, meteorologists were correct about the storm last weekend. Hopefully as you read this everyone's power has been restored. This storm was unusual for the area as icing this heavy isn't typical and for the amount of precipitation. Typically in January the area receives less than an inch of liquid precipitation. Typical reports here and towards Southwest Kanas were well over an inch and in many cases well over two inches. This is valuable moisture for the wheat crop and the drought ratings should ease significantly. Last week's column ...

January 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS targets $2.0 million in assistance for Anderson Creek Wildfire Area

The Anderson Creek wildfire burned 273,000 acres in Barber County and over 400,000 acres spread out across the Oklahoma and Kansas border. After doing an assessment of the damage, the Barber County conservation district sought assistance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wise and prudent

Are extremists in the environmental movement really concerned about the welfare of our animals, the quality of our water and conserving our planet? Could it be they're trying to change the world to fit their own image?

January 14, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Statewide risk assessment management workshops provides farmers with latest research

Non-convergence in futures markets will be one of the topics in the upcoming risk management workshops put on across the state by the Kansas State University agricultural economics department.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


NAWG CEO to speak at Kansas Commodity Classic

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) CEO Chandler Goule will address farmers during the annual Kansas Commodity Classic on Feb. 8. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. It is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch, however pre-registration is requested at http://kswheat.com/kscommodityclassic17 for Kansas Commodity Classic registration. All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


2016 Extension Council Appreciation Award

The Extension Council Appreciation award is presented every year at our annual meeting in December to an individual or a couple who have given additional support and time to the Barton County Extension Council Educational programs. In many cases, their hard work and dedication has lightened the load for the Extension Service personal, in addition to making the Extension Council efforts more effective. The success of Extension programs depends on the unselfish energy of such people who have spent considerable time supporting our endeavors for no monetary rewards.

January 14, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Lessons from the 1980s farm crisis

Prior to a panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis and its implications for the future, a documentary about the crisis was aired for members of the Kansas Farmers Union during their annual convention in early December. For the audience, some of whom lived through the events, it set a sobering tone to what would follow. For the panelists-Charlie Griffin, Ed Reznicek, Forrest Buhler and Linda Hessman-it presented an historical blueprint of shared knowledge that could prevent farmers, mediators and advocacy workers from making the same mistakes again.

January 14, 2017 | Tom Parker | Agriculture


Crop Production Efficiencies Part I – Soil Testing

As this is being written, weather forecasts are calling for a wintry mess including ice. Here's hoping everyone is safe and sound with electricity. This promises to be a challenging year for crop and livestock producers with commodity prices. The next few weeks will focus on several items that can improve efficiencies by minimizing costs and optimizing output. The term "optimizing" output is used because maximizing production seldom results in maximizing profits per acre. Today's topic concerns the value of soil testing for pH and nutrients.

January 14, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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USDA designates Kansas counties as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Some steps to prepare for weed control in your alfalfa

Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options ...

May 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The differences between grasses andbBroadleaves – Part I

First, more beneficial rainfall in spots this week to go along with last week. Unfortunately parts of Western and South Central Kansas received damaging hail ...

May 19, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get ...

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential ...

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across ...

May 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The frugal farmer

First, more beneficial rainfall this week to go along with last week. Did the Drought Monitor reflect much change (remember this is as of Tuesday ...

May 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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