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Agriculture and the Laws of Thermodynamics

The annual Jack Kilby Science Day was this past Thursday at Barton Community College. High school students from all over the area were exposed to a variety of topics including agriculture. There are many ways to explain what agriculture is and what it entails. While it may seem a little bit out there, agriculture can be described using the first two laws of thermodynamics. First what are these laws, with apologies to physicists, and second how do they relate to production agriculture?

October 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Healthy choice

No doubt you've noticed all the soft drinks, flavored water and sports drinks today. They're everywhere.

October 11, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


Winners crowned at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Livestock shown by young exhibitors from across the state were named champions at the 83rd Kansas Junior Livestock Show, proudly sponsored by Cargill. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held Oct. 2-4, in Hutchinson, 687 4-H and FFA members from 86 counties competed for awards and scholarships by exhibiting 1,441 head of livestock.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


Bankers awards

Announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards. "This program is being sponsored", said Alicia, "by the Kansas Bankers Association (KBA), NRCS and the Barton County Conservation District". This year the KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism are proud to announce six award categories including Energy Conservation, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Soil Conservation, Windbreaks, and Wildlife Habitat ...

October 11, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into the mine with them as they worked. Canaries are very sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide and when the canary stopped signing and died, it was time to get out of the mine. The expression "A canary in the coal mine" has evolved to indicate something that occurs or is present that indicates a problem or peril across a variety of situations. Sometimes you will know what the occurrence indicates and other times you notice ...

October 09, 2015 | | 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, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts.

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 period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

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, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers - should gather petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2015, filing deadline.

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 soil test won't tell you what is wrong, and we have to dig deeper to find out why plants are not as healthy as they should be. I found a piece from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert Ward Upham to share with you this week that goes over a few reasons why your plants may be struggling outside of nutrient requirements.

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 today but from a slightly different angle. Most stories and information focus on serious injury and death from farming/agricultural industry accidents. This is indeed a problem with eight farm related deaths in Kansas through August of this year. Stories also focus on the number of minors injured and killed on the farm or ranch. Think about how many other workplaces are also homes. While the agricultural industry is still near the top of the ...

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 Extension planted the plot and are hosting the tours. There are 20 different varieties of Sorghum that was donated by seed dealers representing eight companies. Specialists from KSRE will be on hand to discuss issues that have arisen in sorghum in their fields of expertise. Curtis Thompson, KSRE weed specialist will be highlighting weed control options in Sorghum. Lucas Haag, North East Agronomist will be talking about production practices. J.P. Michaud, Entomology will be ...

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 part of listening, speaking and writing.

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 grazing it – rye. Why did hard red winter wheat (HRWW) become the king of Kansas crops for so many years?

September 27, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 21, 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | 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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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


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