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FSA County Committee elections to begin; producers to receive ballots Week of Nov. 6

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Terry L. Hawk announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, to ensure that their vote is counted.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Whack on the side of the head

There's an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication.

November 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA issues safety-net payments to Kansas farmers

MANHATTAN - USDA State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Terry L. Hawk, announced that approximately 100,989 Kansas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What is normal? Part I

Agriculture, like any endeavor, is bombarded with numbers and statistics. Percentages, averages, normal, total, ratings, and a variety of other terms are constantly reported and analyzed. While they may be useful, their real value is only apparent if you understand where they come from and how they are determined. One short column can hardly describe all this with adequate perspective. So today, let's start discussing weather data but first some definitions.

October 28, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Free crop imaging workshop Nov. 13

Join K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA) on Monday, Nov. 13, starting at 10 a.m.for an engaging workshop on crop imaging and crop scouting.

October 28, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


And I Quote: Pearls of wisdom

Quotations are like rare stones in rings of gold. They provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff, provide a cowardly lion with courage or simply clear away all the cobwebs from a darkened corner.

October 28, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Eat smart, stay healthy

Every day consumers can read or hear about something new concerning diets. Diets are as plentiful as the assortment of foods we can now pick from the shelves of our supermarkets. No wonder consumer skepticism about dietary advice continues to increase along with this country's collective waistline.

October 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall is a good time for soil testing

As the weather gets cooler and the growing season ends, there are still a few items that should be completed before you put your landscape to bed for the winter. Here are a few tips from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department on a few chores to complete this fall for a healthier spring landscape.

October 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Chickadee Checkoff accepting small grants proposals

PRATT - For 37 years, wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts have benefited from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's Chickadee Checkoff program through small grants. By making small grants available each year, KDWPT is able utilize the talents and expertise of people outside of the department to complete a wide variety of educational, research-based, and habitat projects, as well as the monitoring of nongame wildlife and critical habitats.

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Integrated Pest Management is they key

Let's finish up our discussion of the evolving challenge of controlling insect pressure in a changing environment while protecting that environment and providing a safe food supply. Remember, while there are well over 6 million insects species worldwide, only a handful of that number are pests while most are benign, and many in fact beneficial as predators, pollinators, etc. The key here is IPM, Integrated Pest Management, which first seeks to understand insects, their life cycles and habits, their place in the ecology, determining what to do and when in an environmentally responsible manner, and use all control methods ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support and expand this growth in the specialty crop industry, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted the first-ever Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production in 2016.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western tier of counties to as much as 6.8 inches in portions of northwest, central, and north-central Kansas. This early-October precipitation occurred after above-normal precipitation in late-September, resulting in fields with a full soil moisture profile for most of the state, but also in water-logged soils which are delaying field work.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water, water everywhere: The 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the area, what does it mean for fall harvest and planting the 2018 wheat crop? First, it is wet. This column was written Friday morning and so the area may or may not have received the additional promised heavy rains through Friday evening. If we did, the areas soils are really saturated.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water, water everywhere: the 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the area, what does it mean for fall harvest and planting the 2018 wheat crop? First, it is wet. This column was written Friday morning and so the area may or may not have received the additional promised heavy rains through Friday evening. If we did, the areas soils are really saturated.

October 07, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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A weather and wheat update

First, for those who wondered where winter was, the last few days gave you your answer. The disappointing aspect is the lack of any significant ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Land leasing questions addressed

One of the more popular topics that I get questions on is about leasing land for cropping and pasture lands and the laws that address ...

January 13, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Grassroots’ participation needed in government

The 2018 Kansas legislative session convenes this week as legislators will consider many health-related topics. At the same time, they will struggle with other complex ...

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Cover your acres

On Jan. 16 and 17, K-State Research and Extension in partnership with the Northwest Crop Residue Alliance will host the 'Cover Your Acres Winter Conference ...

January 06, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA seeks applications for Innovative Conservation Grants by Feb. 26

SALINA - USDA is offering grants for innovative conservation technologies and tools. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation ...

January 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agricultural resolutions for producers

We are now officially one week into the new year. Many made resolutions to lose weight, read a book, exercise and all the typical sorts ...

January 06, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansans depend on grassroots journalism

People in Kansas, and across this country, depend on strong community journalism to keep them informed and connected to one another. In spite of all ...

January 06, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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