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Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get into the fields last fall. Then, that was the last measurable moisture the crop had until April. A mid-April hard freeze has also impacted some of the fields while the drought and cold spring has left the plants short and behind in development. Wheat is hardy though, and if favorable weather happens, the crop may still be close to average come harvest.

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential components of managing weeds in grain sorghum.

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture

Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across the open range and roads.

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

The frugal farmer

First, more beneficial rainfall this week to go along with last week. Did the Drought Monitor reflect much change (remember this is as of Tuesday morning)? Well, the area of exceptional drought retreated somewhat southwest as did the extreme and severe drought areas. Or in plain English, things are "less bad" then they were allowing wheat to keep going and providing some optimism for corn/soybean producers. And there are rain chances for several days this week so keep your fingers crossed.

May 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Moderation and variety

The key to a healthy diet today is to eat a variety of foods including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruits – all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much.

May 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Input sought for wheat research

Kansas State University researchers need your help to complete research on wheat management strategies. K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) has joined the Kansas Wheat Commission to learn from wheat producers around Kansas.

May 05, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture – a language of its own

Before today's topic we can take a moment to celebrate some rain. Depending on where you live in the area, rainfall over the last two weeks totaled between one and two inches. So what did that do to our drought status? Nothing really. The latest map is as of Tuesday, April 24 but even if you include the rain after that date, the area is still in the depths of an extreme drought. The rains have helped provide surface soil moisture but the subsoil is still extremely dry in most areas and it won't take much heat and ...

April 28, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Fertilize in May

May is an excellent time to fertilize cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization.

April 28, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

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

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Ag and society - Pt. 1

First as usual, a drought update is in order and it will be brief. The state is essentially the same as last week. Remember any ...

August 20, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sugarcan aphid

Sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed in Barton County. Scouting fields early will help determine the need for an insecticide application before losses occur. Treating ...

August 18, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Drought declarations updated in Kansas counties

TOPEKA - While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of the state, especially eastern Kansas, continue to worsen.

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Pre-plant wheat school offered for local farmers

A Pre-Plant Wheat School will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the American Ag Credit building, 5634 10th Street ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Develop dialogue

More often than we'd like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ...

August 18, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Wheat code finally cracked; wheat genome sequence will bring stronger wheat varieties to farmers

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, have published in the international journal Science a detailed description of ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Red or white?

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Again, nothing after 8 a.m. this past Tuesday is included. Not much has changed with ...

August 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Cover crops

Corn and beans harvested early can leave your ground bare for seven to nine months. Instead, let's plant some crops to grow and cover ...

August 11, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

CRP enrollment deadling

WASHINGTON - Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Kansas Farm Bureau teaching award

Hoisington Middle School teacher Karisa Cowen is one of three teachers to win the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture 2019 Excellence in Teaching award ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

The old red barn (ain’t what she used to be)

When I was a youngster, one of my favorite places to play was my Uncle Joe and Aunt Anna's red barn. My Uncle Bernie ...

August 11, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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