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How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit in many cases is tip blight. The past two springs we have experienced wetter than normal weather patterns that have helped this fungus gain a hold. On top of that, older trees that were compromised from the drought several years ago and have damaged root systems, and are having a hard time combating the disease.

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Sugarcane aphid reported in Kansas

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in Sumner County. Sorghum producers in Kansas should begin scouting their fields on a routine basis. More information on scouting and thresholds for treatment can be found in the Agronomy eUpdate article "Start scouting soon for sugarcane aphid" from July 7, and at the myFields web site at: https://myfields.info/pests/sugarcane-aphid

August 05, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wear a hat for safety in the sun

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

August 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-Term versus Long-Term Gain: Part I

Today's column is in the form of a two-part story. Hopefully it will demonstrate the danger in not thinking long-term and trying to identify the unintended consequences when making farming decisions. Before we start, the goal here is not to identify villains, or heroes for that matter, but the need for everyone involved in agriculture to try and think in the very long-term and critically evaluate information. And for those of us past a certain age, this is the Readers' Digest version.

August 05, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat to stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Wheat Streak Mosaic was detrimental to the western Kansas wheat crop this year.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Landscapes are under stress

The past few weeks have been brutal to our landscapes. I have been getting many calls about people's trees and grass not looking good. Most of the time, it is the heat and lack of water that we have been experiencing this July that is causing the dieback and stress. I found two short articles to share this week with you that talk about the biggest issues in the area that I am hearing about. As always, you can call me at 620-793-1910 if you have any questions.

July 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Sweltering in the ‘dog days’ of summer

In case you hadn't noticed, much of the state is mired in the "dog days" of summer. Excessive heat warnings. Abundant sunshine. High humidity.

July 29, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part III

Today's column finishes up the discussion of water erosion with how to minimize soil loss based upon the USLE, the Universal Soil Loss Equation - A=RxKxLSx CxP. To mitigate the predicted annual soil loss, A, we will briefly deal with each factor of the equation.

July 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Essential oils can assist with livestock digestion, study finds

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University researchers have found that essential oils can play a role in livestock health.

July 21, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Prickly pear cactus once dotted Kansas

Ever hear of digging prickly pear cactus out of a pasture for 50 cents an acre?

July 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Harnessing the power of Excel workshop set for July 25

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 25th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The presenter will be Rich Llewelyn, Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University.

July 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Department of Agriculture responds to herbicide use complaints

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has experienced an increase in herbicide misuse complaints alleging crop damage due to herbicide products containing dicamba. KDA's pesticide and fertilizer program staff are actively investigating these complaints for noncompliance with state and federal laws, but cautions producers that these investigations will not characterize crop damage, acres involved, or estimated dollar losses, said KDA spokesperson Heather Lansdowne.

July 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – water erosion part II

Last week's column focused on the types of soil water erosion. While government help in understanding and controlling wind erosion was the focus in the Great Plains after the Dust Bowl, the focus in the eastern U.S. was water erosion. A series of research sites were set up with some still conducting research into the 2000s. The main focus was initially to determine what factors determine the degree of soil erosion and then how to control it. From this work, the Universal Soil Loss Equation or USLE was developed and it is probably the easiest, most concise way ...

July 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource

The Barton County Fair ends this weekend. Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to enjoy this annual tradition and support our area 4-H youth. Recently we discussed wind erosion. Today let's start examining water erosion. We may think of water erosion as more of a problem east of this area, however, water erosion is a potentially a significant problem from here to the Rocky Mountains. We think of wind erosion in our area, especially the area south of the Arkansas River, however, water erosion is a serious problem. Interestingly, because of our drier climate (less vegetation, less organic matter, and ...

July 08, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tips for watering trees

I have had a lot of questions lately about how to properly water trees. Even established trees need a good soak of 12-18 inches deep within their dripline when we experience hot and dry weather. I found a little bit of information that explains a few ways to help make sure your tree is getting the water it needs during the dry times of the year. As always, if you need any help, you can get hold of me by calling 620-793-1910, emailing me at aboor@ksu.edu, or coming into the office at 1800 12th Street in Great Bend.

July 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Fat rats get cancer

It's holiday time with Thanksgiving this past Thursday and Christmas and New Year's Day just around the corner. This means all sorts of ...

November 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers of KFB to meet in Manhattan

MANHATTAN – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 3-5 for their organization's 99th annual meeting.

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Test plots important for farmers

After last year, the sugarcane aphid in sorghum was very much on the forefront of everyone's mind when it came to choosing a variety ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas, agriculture and the obvious

Thursday's Tribune featured an article about the importance of agriculture to the economy of Kansas, the number of people obtaining their livelihood from some ...

November 18, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

This week Barton Community College along with public and private post-secondary institutions and business participated in a two day career fair in Hutchinson. According to ...

November 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


It’s about safety

While a farm or ranch can be the most wonderful place in the world to raise a family, it comes with its own special set ...

November 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Governor’s water conference focuses on water resource management

MANHATTAN - Approximately 600 attendees with diverse water interests were encouraged at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas to keep pushing ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Grazing stocks and crop residues

After the harvest comes the bounty. I'm not sure who said that line or if I just made it up, but I like this ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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