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From feed to fever: Kansas State University researcher studies risk of African swine fever in feed

MANHATTAN - If African swine fever virus reaches the U.S., it could cause more than $16.8 billion in economic losses to swine and other industries. It would devastate trade and international markets, researchers say.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Make it a safe spring planting season

Long hours, less-than-ideal weather conditions and working around large machinery combine to make farming one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. This spring planting season slow down and ensure you and your family members stay safe.

March 31, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cold, cold soil?

First a very Happy Easter to all and also enjoy April Fools' Day. Today is April first which means a great deal should be happening in the cropping world in our area. One of those happenings should be wheat jointing before now but with the dry and overall cool conditions that is behind. It is likely farmers won't have a great deal of straw to deal with this year. Alfalfa is greening up but overall lagging in growth to most recent years but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many recent years the alfalfa was up and growing ...

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The end of the drought?

Finally, after over five months of essentially nonexistent precipitation, most of the area received significant moisture with some places receiving well over an inch. The title of this column is a bit tongue and cheek and it is safe to assume we all know the drought is nowhere near over and in fact conditions are little improved. In fact for much of the area the drought rating improved only marginally as dry as the State continues to be.

March 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. Agriculture is a family-based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dear reader

The personal letter may soon go the way of the dinosaur or the Edsel automobile – extinction.

March 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture and many other industries.

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties.

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the meantime but it may be quite hard to buy a rain. If you are paying attention to local, state, and national news regarding education the last few years, it is obvious there is great concern regarding students falling behind in the hard sciences and technology. Many school district are implementing some kind of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum to help address this. Also during this time nationally and within the legislature and state ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Jeff Colyer and representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores and the Kansas agriculture community.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active regions in the world.

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


Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and the species' response to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean, sunflower and wheat - in districts One, Two and Three in the western region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year terms and the terms will commence on April 1, 2018.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is greening up and even trying to grow. As the saying goes; "Wheat has nine lives." Is it spotty, a bit thin, and behind schedule for March 11? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Was there likely winter kill in spots? Yes. Has the cooler than normal weather helped? Yes. Does the crop need moisture immediately? Yes. Is there any significant precipitation on the horizon? No. The why is the topic of today's column – a La Nina ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

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


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Controlling henbit

Spring is here even though Mother Nature does not always seem to agree. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Summer crops and the weather

No changes to report on the drought front except that there are indications the La Nina seems to be weakening and that could eventually lead ...

April 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The importance of a preemergence herbicide program for row crops

Difficult weeds, especially glyphosate-resistant weeds, are controlled most consistently with soil-applied herbicides which kill germinating seeds/seedlings. Much of the resistance to glyphosate has developed ...

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Treat this old world right

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates ...

April 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Summer crops and winter wheat

The drought hasn't lessened with the area in extreme drought and the outlook isn't promising. As if that wasn't enough to worry ...

April 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Small farms finding success with specialty crops and agritourism

For Joe and Jay Schwinn, learning how to make farming profitable was so easy, and so successful, that it was like taking candy from a ...

April 07, 2018 | By Tom Parker | Agriculture


Control grassy sandbur

Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls into the office about weed control, mainly grassy sandburs. If you had sandburs last year, now ...

April 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Remembering a prairie fire

Just a few days ago, the smell and sight of spring burning in this region of Kansas evoked this childhood memory...

April 07, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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