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The Great Divide

One of the classes most agriculture students take at Barton is titled "Agriculture In Society." Part of the class deals with the history of agriculture and how it has influenced the development of civilization. Part deals with how to intelligently respond (not react) to challenges presented, and a major part deals with the issues/opportunities facing them as part of the Ag workforce and the industry as a whole. To start class each semester, students are asked what they identify as these challenges and opportunities. Almost without exception they identify a lack of understanding by the general public of what ...

August 25, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Safety in the sun

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

August 25, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Rush County Fair

August 18, 2013 | | Agriculture


Have another slice of cheese

What would a sweltering summer day be like without an occasional stop at the local ice cream parlor for a couple of scoops?

August 18, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fitzsimmons Land & Cattle To Host KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day

Challenges facing ranchers and feeders in the nation's capital will be highlighted during the Aug. 21 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Fitzsimmons Land & Cattle near Cunningham. The Dean and Jerree Fitzsimmons and Gary and Mary Fitzsimmons families own and operate this diversified beef cattle and crop farm in eastern Pratt County. The Fitzsimmons have a commercial spring-calving cowherd and background their calves prior to selling them in the spring. In addition, they raise wheat, milo, alfalfa and silage to complement the beef cattle enterprise.

August 18, 2013 | | Agriculture


Landowner rights information meeting

Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC has filed an application to direct current high capacity transmission line through Barton, Pawnee and Russell Counties. All landowners and concerned citizens are invited to a one-hour informational meeting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road.

August 18, 2013 | | Agriculture


Planting the Next Crop

Before today's topic, let's briefly update the area's drought status. Remember this is through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug.13. The no drought area has moved into the eastern third or so of the county (and even in to Stafford County). The abnormally dry area is the middle third and the western quarter is in moderate drought. And this doesn't reflect any rains after 7 a.m. this past Tuesday. Last year at this time we were pretty much at the highest or next to highest drought severity rating. What a difference a year makes.

August 18, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fetching a solution: Diagnostic lab keeps dogs healthy with new test for canine brucellosis

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is active in the fight against a widespread canine infectious disease that also can spread to humans.

August 18, 2013 | | Agriculture


Be on the lookout for mosquitos

With the recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding in our area, be on the lookout for an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes require still water ponds or pools to lay their eggs and develop. A female will lay eggs every third night of her life span of several weeks. Females lay their eggs into water making a small "egg raft" of 100 to 300 eggs that will hatch into larvae that feed on the microorganisms in the water. The second stage is a non-feeding pupa from which the adult then develops. This can take from 7-10 days for the cycle to ...

August 11, 2013 | | Agriculture


New Wheat Varieties on the Horizon

New, prospective, wheat varieties were discussed at the Kansas Seed Industry Conference last week as farmers prepare to begin planting. The annual meeting allowed industry leaders to determine the availability of certified seed and discuss the varieties producers anticipate using in the future.

August 11, 2013 | | Agriculture


Volunteer Not Wanted

First, let's take a quick look at the area's drought status. Please remember, this is only through August 6 and doesn't include rain after that. Believe it or not none of the area moved totally out of drought status, however, only the SE quarter is rated as severe drought. No part of Barton is any longer in the extreme category. The rest of the county, except, the NE corner is rated as moderate drought. The NE corner is now simply considered abnormally dry. With the added rains since the 6th and the relatively moderate temperatures, further easing ...

August 11, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Food safety

The issue of safe, healthy food is in the news once again. While the majority of this nation's food is healthy and safe to eat, food remains deeply entrenched in family values.

August 11, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Picking the perfect melon

When I was a young child, I used to be in amazement on how my uncle or mother were able to go out to the garden and pick the best melon for dessert out of all of the fruit growing. What was the secret that they alone knew to go out amongst what at that time I felt was hundreds of melons (I bet there were no more than 15 or 20) and pick the one that would be perfect at the time when we would eat it. Well, now that I am older, I am better about which melon ...

August 04, 2013 | | Agriculture


Farm safety around electrical power lines

In June of this year, a 37-year-old Stanton County farmer died inside a grain cart while preparing for wheat harvest. A tarp (containing a metal rod) in the grain cart blew up and touched an over-head power line electrocuting him.

August 04, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


K-State Olathe, American Royal seek entries for best-tasting steak

The American Royal Association and Kansas State University Olathe are looking for the best-tasting steak and are inviting beef producers from across the nation to submit rib-eye steaks for the competition.

August 04, 2013 | | Agriculture


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The International Year of Soils: soils sustain life

Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

January 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


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