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Adaptation and Evolution

Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.

February 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Producers focus on herd sire selection

Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture

Valentine’s Day

Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to share it with you a short column about flowers which arrived in my email this week. Since Feb. 14, is the biggest day of the year for flower arrangements, here are some helpful tips in making sure your flowers stay beautiful as long as possible!

February 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Barton County Farm Bureau gives schools DVD

Barton County Farm Bureau presented each of the county's High School Librarians with a copy of the DVD, Farmland, an in-depth documentary about the next generation of American farmers and ranchers from academy award winning director James Moll. Most Americans have never stepped foot on a working farm or ranch or ever had the opportunity to talk to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland gives us an up close and personal look at six young farmers and ranchers and the latest farming procedures, practices and technologies that are changing and improving the landscape of ...

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture

Safeguarding U.S. wheat: Kansas State University researchers staying ahead of wheat blast disease

In the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Kansas State University $6.5 million to keep a wheat fungus that has had a devastating impact on wheat production in South America out of the United States.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture

Opportunity and Awareness In Agriculture

This past week, the Agriculture Department at Barton Community College was privileged to have members of our advisory board on campus for our twice yearly meeting. The purpose is to update these members of the agricultural and school communities where Barton is in its Agriculture Program, what is down the road, and the challenges and opportunities faced in an ever changing world. The last but perhaps most important topic on the agenda is what is on the mind of the leaders of the industry we serve. What are we doing right? What should we be doing? What are their concerns?

February 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival of the smallest in the litter.

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture

Soil Testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...

February 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A five-year partnership agreement between NRCS and the Kansas Forest Service provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality.

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture

Education and Agriculture: Traditional or Technical Education?

throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing to graduate from high school and older nontraditional potential students. One of these events takes place on Leap Day, Feb. 29, a Career and Technical Education Fair from 1 until 3 p.m. that is open to anyone interested. For information or to sign up you may contact Denise Schreiber at (620) 792-9324. Some programs, welding and the natural gas programs for example, are easily seen as technical while some such as nursing and agriculture ...

February 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Hoisington-native Wayne Stoskopf receives wheat leadership award

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, received awards for their leadership on issues important to wheat producers from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Roberts also addressed the NAWG Winter Conference.

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture

A farmer’s creed

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

February 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration – especially as population numbers in our rural communities and regions of Kansas continue to decline.

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is becoming more difficult, many producers are looking for options and additional control methods than those used in the past. With all of the opinions and advice out there, getting the most up to date, research driven information available is truly important.

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events recently, it is worth revisiting the topic of climate change a.k.a. global warming. Revisiting since this topic was discussed last year in this column. What prompts this column is the spate of memes, posts, interviews, etc. regarding items such as "Here's your three feet of global warming." And interviews with politicians and commentary by radio and TV hosts regarding the global warming "hoax" and not "believing" in it.

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ...

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active ...

March 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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