they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators produce more offspring, which in turn have their fill of dinner, and also reproduce. The cycle goes on and on until the food source is exhausted. This year, with so many sugarcane aphids as a food source for the Lady Beetle, many more beetles were produced than in previous years.
The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center located on US HWY 156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.
The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal rainfall and some sites have reported 50 inches with over two months left in the year. Much of Southwest Kansas has moved to abnormally dry with a portion now in moderate drought. This is after an extremely wet summer so what happened to the soil moisture? How is fall harvest progressing? Where is the 2017 wheat crop at? How different has this fall been so far?
October 22, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will tell you rainfall this summer has resulted in more birds for the upcoming fall season. This year promises to be as good as 2015 and maybe better as hunters scour the countryside in search of pheasants, quail, ducks and other species of wildlife.
October 15, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during the spring resulting in a longer turnaround from submission to recommendations. Also, soils in the spring are often waterlogged, making taking samples difficult. If your soil test suggests more organic matter, fall is a much better season because materials are more available than in the spring, and fresher materials can be used without harming young tender spring-planted plants.
The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held Nov. 18 through 19 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.
The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that report: "A lack of a skilled agricultural workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture businesses." The shortage covers the gamut from entry level positions to those requiring advanced degrees with over fifty percent of the vacancies in three areas; agriculture mechanics, agriculture business and animal science. Another finding was, to quote the release: "Employers indicated that basic skills such as written communication and applied mathematics are lacking in applicants ...
October 15, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place in Kansas for the first time in its history. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will welcome the annual barbeque competition to the state, and encourages Kansans to attend this unique event.
On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the Wetlands educational Center located on U.S.156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas, on Nov. 18–19, 2016. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.
October 12, 2016|
Special to the Tribune
Youth from across the state earned cash premiums and scholarships while competing in the 84th Kansas Junior Livestock Show sponsored by Cargill. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Hutchinson, 702 4-H and FFA members from 88 counties exhibited a record 1,515 head of livestock.
Fall is a good time to start thinking about your spring landscape believe it or not! Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs or fertilize ones that have already been planted. I found a few short pieces from the K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department to give you a little more information for next year's spring landscape. Happy gardening!