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Healthy choice

No doubt you've noticed all the soft drinks, flavored water and sports drinks today. They're everywhere.

October 11, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Winners crowned at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Livestock shown by young exhibitors from across the state were named champions at the 83rd Kansas Junior Livestock Show, proudly sponsored by Cargill. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held Oct. 2-4, in Hutchinson, 687 4-H and FFA members from 86 counties competed for awards and scholarships by exhibiting 1,441 head of livestock.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bankers awards

Announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards. "This program is being sponsored", said Alicia, "by the Kansas Bankers Association (KBA), NRCS and the Barton County Conservation District". This year the KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism are proud to announce six award categories including Energy Conservation, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Soil Conservation, Windbreaks, and Wildlife Habitat ...

October 11, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into the mine with them as they worked. Canaries are very sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide and when the canary stopped signing and died, it was time to get out of the mine. The expression "A canary in the coal mine" has evolved to indicate something that occurs or is present that indicates a problem or peril across a variety of situations. Sometimes you will know what the occurrence indicates and other times you notice ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts.

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers - should gather petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2015, filing deadline.

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a soil test won't tell you what is wrong, and we have to dig deeper to find out why plants are not as healthy as they should be. I found a piece from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert Ward Upham to share with you this week that goes over a few reasons why your plants may be struggling outside of nutrient requirements.

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue today but from a slightly different angle. Most stories and information focus on serious injury and death from farming/agricultural industry accidents. This is indeed a problem with eight farm related deaths in Kansas through August of this year. Stories also focus on the number of minors injured and killed on the farm or ranch. Think about how many other workplaces are also homes. While the agricultural industry is still near the top of the ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sorghum tour

On Oct, 8, there will be a Sorghum plot tour in Russell and Ellsworth counties. Barton County and the Midway District of K-State Research and Extension planted the plot and are hosting the tours. There are 20 different varieties of Sorghum that was donated by seed dealers representing eight companies. Specialists from KSRE will be on hand to discuss issues that have arisen in sorghum in their fields of expertise. Curtis Thompson, KSRE weed specialist will be highlighting weed control options in Sorghum. Lucas Haag, North East Agronomist will be talking about production practices. J.P. Michaud, Entomology will be ...

September 27, 2015 | | Agriculture

Journey’s end?

Communication and the written word isn't what it used to be. Neither is the King's English, grammar, punctuation or just about any integral part of listening, speaking and writing.

September 27, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System observes National Farm Safety and Health Week

The service area for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System is largely rural in population and ranks as one of the nations' top centers for agriculture production.

September 27, 2015 | Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO | Agriculture

Why Wheat Works in Kansas

Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those grazing it – rye. Why did hard red winter wheat (HRWW) become the king of Kansas crops for so many years?

September 27, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sweeping study of U.S. farm data shows loss of crop diversity the past 34 years

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem.

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make your own plan

The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way ...

November 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Farmer led committee seeks innovative research proposals

Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

A big disease problem in cattle this fall season: anaplasmosis

This year, confirmed cases of anaplasmosis throughout Kansas and beyond are at some of the highest numbers veterinarians have ever seen. With the high incidence ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Fall chores

As a child, you may have fond memories of playing in freshly raked piles of leaves on a crisp fall afternoon. As you get older ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Farm Bureau farmers and ranchers to meet in Manhattan

More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 7-8 for their organization's 97th annual meeting.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 2 – Temperature & Wind

Last week's column focused on humidity. This week focuses on temperature measurements with emphasis on agriculture. However, instead of two parts devoted to this ...

November 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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