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EPA proposes stronger standards for some pesticide applicators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The EPA announced Wednesday it is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply "restricted-use" pesticides. These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bill halting duplicative EPA permit requirement approved by committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced Wednesday the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Plant the seed

The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences.

August 02, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Choosing the right variety for next year’s wheat crop

Wheat producers know that diseases and insects can considerably decrease yields and economic returns. K-State Research and Extension plant pathologist Erick De Wolf said 2015 was a big year for diseases-including widespread stripe rust, leaf rust and head scab-affecting the Kansas wheat crop.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Wheat plot results

There is a saying about wheat that it has to die at least twice before it can be harvested. That was very much the case with this year's crop. Wheat had to withstand many difficult factors including drought, freezes, rusts and diseases. Even with all of the stressors, the harvest was better than many thought it would be. One way to see how different varieties withstand the same stressors on a given year is to have a wheat plot where you plant them side by side in the same field. By comparing several varieties under the same conditions, you ...

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Genetic improvement for the beef herd: Focus of

For beef producers, one of the best ways to improve profitability is to improve herd genetics. A new website called ( was developed by beef cattle scientists to help producers access one location for the latest beef cattle genetics and genomics information.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing for the 2016 Wheat Crop – Part I

The year in the title isn't a typo. Even though it is only Aug. 2, good producers are making their decisions for the 2016 wheat crop. Even though planting is more than a month away, many producers are already facing potential challenges, especially for those planning to plant wheat after summer crops.

August 02, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make the most of mealtime

In today's harried world, seems like everyone's schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and participate in student government, sports or any number of events. Seems families meet each other coming and going. Still, most parents believe it's more important than ever to dedicate the dinner hour to developing and nurturing relationships with family members.

July 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid is now spreading fast. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. This week, economically significant infestations were found as far north as Noble, Kay, and Grant Counties in Oklahoma, right on the Kansas state line. With some southerly wind, we will soon get winged aphids landing in Kansas sorghum.

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture

Sustaining Agriculture – Conclusion

To wrap up this series let's examine what would happen if conventional agriculture abandoned the practices discussed last week as called for by the sustainable agriculture movement. How "sustainable" would that be for the environment? First a reminder of what we are defining as sustainable:

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, installing GPSs, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.

July 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Walnut caterpillar

I have been getting a lot of calls lately about caterpillars defoliating trees in the county. When the culprit has been brought into the office for me to identify, it has been the walnut caterpillar. Since so many people have been seeing this pest in their neighborhoods, I thought that I would share with you a short write-up from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture expert, Ward Upham about this little pest and how you can control them if you feel it may be necessary.

July 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

Sustaining Agriculture – Part II

For detail please refer to last week's column. Today focuses on the factors traditional agriculture uses the Sustainable Food Movement objects to. First though a reminder of what is defined as sustainable:

July 19, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

USDA announces CRP regulations

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

July 16, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Keep kids safe this harvest

Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It's even more difficult during harvest season – a peak time ...

September 20, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Spring stable fly control starts in winter

The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day planned for Sept. 24

Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are among those on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Entries for Kansas Junior Livestock Show set record

The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Microbes, Soil Health, and Crop Production

When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and ...

September 20, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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