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Kansas women farmers shift agriculture and food production trends

Although women represented only 28 percent of Kansas farmers in 2012 and the number of farmers is declining overall, women are ramping-up their involvement in several of the state's less common forms of agriculture. The Kansas Rural Center is one organization in Kansas that continues to advance programs to better serve the needs of this historically underserved population.

January 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


Farming January 2015 vs. January 1914 – Part I

We all know a century is a long time. In U.S. agriculture the changes make it seem more like a millennium. We are aware of the obvious changes in crops, crop yields, machinery and technology, demographics, and globalization. But where and why did those changes happen and how have these changes changed, or not changed, what a farmer has become?

January 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


Farmers ready to juggle acreage mix in 2015

Record crops and low prices have farmers embracing change in 2015, with acreage shifts continuing to move fields from corn to soybeans, according to the latest Farm Futures survey.

January 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


There are a lot programs on the way

Well, 2015 is starting out as busy as 2014 ended! I have several more upcoming programs to tell you all about in Agriculture and Horticulture. As always, you can contact me at the Extension Office for more information about these exciting opportunities coming your way!

January 09, 2015 | BY ALICIA BOOR | Agriculture


New Year’s resolutions – sort of

Before we all become buried in the new year, let's look at this new beginning with a bit of humor. Plenty of people trot out their lists of resolutions. Often, such lists are as long as their arms and last as long as their pinky.

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


National Festival of Breads deadline approaches

As the holiday season comes to an end, so does the entry period for the 2015 National Festival of Breads. The festival, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and Kansas Wheat, is a national amateur bread baking competition that hundreds of bakers enter. The entry deadline for this year's competition is January 16, 2015.

January 04, 2015 | Jordan Hildebrand | Agriculture


KFB and KFAC to offer Be Ag-Wise workshops focusing on water conversation

Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) and the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) will host the eighth annual Be Ag-Wise professional development workshops early next year.

January 04, 2015 | | Agriculture


Agriculture News for 2015

Happy New Year to everybody. 2014 is history and 2015 is officially here. The last year was interesting to say the least for crop and livestock producers. The drought, record high prices for protein (beef, pork, and poultry), significant declines in crop prices, record corn yields, and steep declines in fuel prices. The natural question then is what does 2015 have in store for agriculture? This list is in no particular order and accurately seeing into the future is tricky at best.

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


K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene

If temperatures are too hot in May and June, farmers could lose more than layers.

December 28, 2014 | Julia Debes | Agriculture


Who’s here to help

Do you ever drive by the USDA Service Center or the K-State Research and Extension Office and wonder what they do in there? Do you ever have a question, but aren't sure where to turn? What about wanting to improve your operation, and needing some financial assistance to help with the cost? Chances are these offices have the ability to help.

December 28, 2014 | | Agriculture


The Christmas spirit dwells in us all

Many, many traditions are associated with Christmas – a decorated tree, colored lights, gift giving, parties and turkey and ham dinners. Most of these traditions are recent additions.

December 28, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned

Kansas farmers' markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers' markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with more revenue and more high-quality food choices.

December 28, 2014 | | Agriculture


Winter ranch management

Record high calf prices and projected cow-calf profitability have many producers considering expansion. Selecting, feeding and breeding the right replacement heifers could have a large impact on future profits.

December 28, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Five Hundred Bushel Corn?

In the early 1950s the average corn yield was around fifty bushels per acre. Flash forward to 2014 and the national average yield is pegged at around 170 bushels per acre. With the exceptions of severe weather (heat and drought), on average, corn yields have increased on average two bushel per acre per year. There are many factors contributing to this tripling of average yields involving all aspects of corn production. These factors include improved genetics through convention breeding and genetic engineering; improved understanding of soil fertility and nutrients; improved equipment to facilitate all aspects of corn production; development of ...

December 28, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The Importance Of Moisture In Winter

While this past Thursday's snow made for a bit of a rough drive, it was very welcome and not just for farmers and ranchers. This snow, combined with the rain from the past week, was important and not just as moisture for winter wheat, winter canola, and next spring's planting. What are the additional benefits of this moisture that many forget about?

December 21, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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What to do with wheat ground

After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Response to Vision

MANHATTAN – A new type of farm has been established in Kansas with a primary focus on water conservation in addition to crops and livestock.

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128 ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


“Creating the Best Day Ever” conference helped teachers in-fuse ag in classroom education

State agriculture focused non-profit, the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC), hosted their inaugural one-day summer conference at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Outhouse lore

Several images surface as we dust off the cobwebs of our minds and reflect back on rural Kansas and those days of years gone by ...

June 18, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


University’s quarter-scale tractor team places second at international competition

The Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor A team placed second overall at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant Something in June

This week, I thought I would share a column written by KSRE's Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Nursery Crops for K-State. If you would ...

June 18, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


K-State recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2016 Cattle Feeders College

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Kendall Lock of Triangle H as the recipient of the "Top Hand" award at the ...

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat market show

The warm temperatures and sunny days are ripening the wheat, and it will be ready to harvest very soon. The wheat crop is looking to ...

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Now That’s Rural: Randy Kemp – Eskridge Lumber

It's been called a "step back in time," a local resource for hardware and materials, and a lifesaver when somebody is in a jam ...

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas State University advances research and education outreach to address fatigued cattle syndrome

Two Kansas State University beef cattle researchers are developing a prevention program for fatigued cattle syndrome. The syndrome, which has the potential to cause mobility ...

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part II

First, combines are rolling in Kansas and early reports are promising with good yields, test weights and protein levels. The rains and relatively mild weather ...

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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