The recent weather that we have had has made it hard to wait for spring. I have even seen posts online of the first plants beginning to peak out from the ground! For vegetable gardeners, the time can also be spent indoors starting seeds to transplant to the garden when the soil temperatures are warmer. This week, I found a short article from out Horticulture department about the different types of tomatoes and what they will do for you in your garden. This can help when you are shopping for tomatoes so that you know what you are getting before ...
With all the changes in Washington since the first of the year, there is a great deal of turmoil in various agencies regarding what is and isn't "true." What is and isn't fact. There are many sources disputing the validity of scientific research. True research involves the scientific method and involves rigorous review of findings. Can this work be duplicated? The scientific method is defined simply by the OED as "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses ...
February 11, 2017|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
An important cornerstone of the Kansas Wheat Commission's (KWC) mission is research to enhance Kansas farmers' fields and pocketbooks. KWC does this most visibly with the wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, but many haven't seen or heard of Heartland Plant Innovations (HPI), an organization at the heart of wheat genetics.
February 04, 2017|
By Jordan Hildebrand, Program Assistant
With the recent ice storm damage, many people have asked lately about recommendations for trees to plant in our area. I wanted you to know that we have several publications in the Extension office to help you pick the right tree for your landscape, as well as tips for planting, establishing, and keeping your tree healthy for years to come. I found this column in this week's Horticulture Newsletter for K-State research and Extension that shares some information about research that is being conducted on newly planted trees. As always, if you have any questions, or would like some ...
Today we will wrap up this brief discussion regarding crop production efficiencies. First, we discussed soil testing and proper fertilizer recommendations. Then was the discussion of efficiency and water, including irrigation. We will wrap production efficiency up this week with a few more thoughts.
February 04, 2017|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Winter is a time that many producers take the opportunity to learn about the latest research, and plan on how to make what they learned help their production in the coming year. I have several meeting coming up in February about the latest information from K-State Research and Extension. If you have any questions, would like more information, or want to register for any of the programs, please call 620-793-1910 or email me at email@example.com.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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