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Grasses and broadleaves

Before returning to our discussion regarding grasses and broadleaves, a drought update. The Drought Monitor Report, updated as of Tuesday, May 29th, shows easing of drought conditions. In the NW and SE corners of Kansas, the drought is gone and there is easing throughout much of the rest of the state. The rains of the last several days should reflect further easing next week; however, the well above normal temperatures towards the end of this past week will somewhat erase some of the benefits. At least much of the state now has the needed moisture to finish the wheat crop ...

June 02, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Where we live

Reflection is a good thing. It allows you to see where you've been and hopefully chart a better course on where you're going. While on vacation recently I had a chance to think about the small community where I grew up.

June 02, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The differences between grasses and broadleaves – Part II

Last week's column discussed the broad differences between grass crops such as corn and wheat compared to broadleaf crops such as soybeans and alfalfa. Today, let's get more specific about differences between the two and why these differences matter.

May 26, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


FSA county committee nominations launch June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America's farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15.

May 26, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Appreciation

Grandma and Grandpa Becker were people of action rather than words. Not that they didn't have much to say. They just chose their words well and needed only a few to convey much.

May 26, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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 a recent drought. Those counties are Ellis, Greeley, Lane, Lincoln, Ottawa, Russell, Scott, Trego, Wallace and Wichita.

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 to control those weeds.

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. The Drought Monitor didn't change a great deal (remember this is as of Tuesday morning). However as this is being written, Thursday May 17, there are rain chances through early this week. Wheat in the area is heading out and rain and moderate temperatures are key in maximizing the potential grain yield. Today, let's discuss the difference between grass crops (corn, wheat, grain sorghum) and broadleaves (alfalfa, soybeans, canola, sunflowers, cotton) and why ...

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 into the fields last fall. Then, that was the last measurable moisture the crop had until April. A mid-April hard freeze has also impacted some of the fields while the drought and cold spring has left the plants short and behind in development. Wheat is hardy though, and if favorable weather happens, the crop may still be close to average come harvest.

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 components of managing weeds in grain sorghum.

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 the open range and roads.

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 morning)? Well, the area of exceptional drought retreated somewhat southwest as did the extreme and severe drought areas. Or in plain English, things are "less bad" then they were allowing wheat to keep going and providing some optimism for corn/soybean producers. And there are rain chances for several days this week so keep your fingers crossed.

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


Moderation and variety

The key to a healthy diet today is to eat a variety of foods including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruits – all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much.

May 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Input sought for wheat research

Kansas State University researchers need your help to complete research on wheat management strategies. K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) has joined the Kansas Wheat Commission to learn from wheat producers around Kansas.

May 05, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture – a language of its own

Before today's topic we can take a moment to celebrate some rain. Depending on where you live in the area, rainfall over the last two weeks totaled between one and two inches. So what did that do to our drought status? Nothing really. The latest map is as of Tuesday, April 24 but even if you include the rain after that date, the area is still in the depths of an extreme drought. The rains have helped provide surface soil moisture but the subsoil is still extremely dry in most areas and it won't take much heat and ...

April 28, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Ag suicide on the rise

When looking at hazardous occupations in the world, agriculture is consistently in the top ten. There are many factors that go into this: the large ...

June 22, 2018 | BY ALICIA BOOR Cottonwood District Extension Agent | Agriculture


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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