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They will survive

When you think of Kansas farmers and ranchers the words resilience and resolve come to mind. This is especially true as they look another year of drought squarely in the face.

April 28, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Another weather and agriculture column

This column is being written Friday so hopefully the promised rainfall has occurred by the time you read this. One last column, hopefully, for a while regarding crops and agriculture. First, let's discuss the cold weather/stormy conditions of the last weekend.

April 21, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat freeze

The weekend of April 14-16 brought, once again, cold temperatures that have potential to cause freeze injury to the 2018 wheat crop. Factors that influence the potential for freeze injury to wheat at any point in time include primarily:

April 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Critical thinking

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protector and guardian of our planet.

April 21, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Treat this old world right

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices.

April 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Controlling henbit

Spring is here even though Mother Nature does not always seem to agree. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom, and of course, the weeds are trying to get a head start on your lawn. One of the most common questions I get every year, is what is the weed with the purple flowers, and how do I get rid of it? Well, the weed most likely is called henbit, and I have some bad news for you. You can't really eliminate it in the spring.

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Summer crops and the weather

No changes to report on the drought front except that there are indications the La Nina seems to be weakening and that could eventually lead to a return of more normal precipitation patterns. Unfortunately it will take more than normal rainfall to significantly eliminate drought conditions. The smattering of precipitation starting to happen is one indication of this. Last week discussed the effects of the cold and dry on the wheat crop. This week, let's consider the weather and our summer crops – corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, and alfalfa. We will take them in reverse order.

April 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The importance of a preemergence herbicide program for row crops

Difficult weeds, especially glyphosate-resistant weeds, are controlled most consistently with soil-applied herbicides which kill germinating seeds/seedlings. Much of the resistance to glyphosate has developed from over-reliance on postemergence herbicide applications for weed control. Thus it is essential to include one or more of the preplant and preemergence residual herbicides available for summer row crops. The specific herbicide you use, although important, is usually less important than just making the decision to use a preplant or preemergence herbicide.

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Summer crops and winter wheat

The drought hasn't lessened with the area in extreme drought and the outlook isn't promising. As if that wasn't enough to worry about, the area has experienced well below freezing air temperatures (the low 20s) for an extended period of time twice in the last week which while not rare is certainly uncommon for the first week of April. So what does this mean for the 2018 wheat crop? As is almost always the case, there isn't a cut and dry answer.

April 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Small farms finding success with specialty crops and agritourism

For Joe and Jay Schwinn, learning how to make farming profitable was so easy, and so successful, that it was like taking candy from a baby. At the time, they were practically babies themselves. Joe was 6 and Jay 9, but they had a fairly good idea of how it worked - you grow produce (in their father's case, cantaloupes), you deliver it to the customer, the customer pays you money.

April 07, 2018 | By Tom Parker | Agriculture


Control grassy sandbur

Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls into the office about weed control, mainly grassy sandburs. If you had sandburs last year, now would be a good time to control them. I found an article from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department that gives you some tips on how to get rid of this troublesome weed.

April 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Remembering a prairie fire

Just a few days ago, the smell and sight of spring burning in this region of Kansas evoked this childhood memory...

April 07, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


From feed to fever: Kansas State University researcher studies risk of African swine fever in feed

MANHATTAN - If African swine fever virus reaches the U.S., it could cause more than $16.8 billion in economic losses to swine and other industries. It would devastate trade and international markets, researchers say.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Make it a safe spring planting season

Long hours, less-than-ideal weather conditions and working around large machinery combine to make farming one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. This spring planting season slow down and ensure you and your family members stay safe.

March 31, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cold, cold soil?

First a very Happy Easter to all and also enjoy April Fools' Day. Today is April first which means a great deal should be happening in the cropping world in our area. One of those happenings should be wheat jointing before now but with the dry and overall cool conditions that is behind. It is likely farmers won't have a great deal of straw to deal with this year. Alfalfa is greening up but overall lagging in growth to most recent years but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many recent years the alfalfa was up and growing ...

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Watering trees

The year has been feast or famine when it comes to rain. In spite of the recent rains we have been blessed with, we are ...

July 14, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


An old, new crop For Kansas

First as usual, a drought update is in order. The area no longer under drought conditions or even abnormally dry has expanded from northwest Kansas ...

July 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Better than expected

"Better than expected, but not what we'd hoped for."

July 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


It's time to plane fall harvest

Probably the last thing the average gardener thinks of doing in the heat of the summer is to plant another round of vegetables ... again. However ...

July 14, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Agriculture


Fair time

It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will ...

July 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble

Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble is very important to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from going to seed and adding to the weed ...

July 07, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


KLA partnering on Kansas cattle traceability project

TOPEKA – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is one of the key partners in a new cattle traceability pilot project. Cattle Trace will involve an end-to-end ...

July 07, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant weather not people weather

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Northwest Kansas and a fair portion of North Central Kansas are completely out of drought as ...

July 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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