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Turf and Flowers at Hays Hort Night

Bring along your friends and neighbors to attend the Horticulture Night at the K-State Ag Research Center in Hays. It is set for Tuesday evening, Aug. 25th. The emphasis will focus on the Prairie Star Flower Performance Trials and the Low- Water Use Turf Demo Plots. The event will occur near the north main entrance roadway through the Center.

August 13, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wear it well

Throughout the years, I've heard fellas talk about who ought to wear a cowboy hat and who shouldn't. These conversations are littered with the necessary skills a cowboy must acquire to wear a western hat. Some even suggest issuing a license to wear such apparel.

August 09, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Cattle movement estimation study sheds light on disease risk

A new technique developed by a Kansas State University researcher helps estimate the movement of beef cattle to determine the risk of disease.

August 09, 2015 | | Agriculture


Over the past few weeks, I have been receiving many calls about bagworms in area trees. This is the time of year that they are the most visible since the identifying bag that they will overwinter in is large enough to see from a distance. Also, their feeding habits may have defoliated a few branches making them even easier to see. Although bagworms are much easier to control in late May or the end of June when they are smaller, as long as the insect is still feeding on the foliage, they can be controlled. Here is a brief write-up ...

August 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing For The 2016 Wheat Crop – Part II

What's left for producers preparing to plant the 2016 wheat crop after last week's column? Naturally there's plenty including variety selection.

August 09, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

EPA proposes stronger standards for some pesticide applicators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The EPA announced Wednesday it is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply "restricted-use" pesticides. These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bill halting duplicative EPA permit requirement approved by committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced Wednesday the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Plant the seed

The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences.

August 02, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Choosing the right variety for next year’s wheat crop

Wheat producers know that diseases and insects can considerably decrease yields and economic returns. K-State Research and Extension plant pathologist Erick De Wolf said 2015 was a big year for diseases-including widespread stripe rust, leaf rust and head scab-affecting the Kansas wheat crop.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Wheat plot results

There is a saying about wheat that it has to die at least twice before it can be harvested. That was very much the case with this year's crop. Wheat had to withstand many difficult factors including drought, freezes, rusts and diseases. Even with all of the stressors, the harvest was better than many thought it would be. One way to see how different varieties withstand the same stressors on a given year is to have a wheat plot where you plant them side by side in the same field. By comparing several varieties under the same conditions, you ...

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Genetic improvement for the beef herd: Focus of

For beef producers, one of the best ways to improve profitability is to improve herd genetics. A new website called ( was developed by beef cattle scientists to help producers access one location for the latest beef cattle genetics and genomics information.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing for the 2016 Wheat Crop – Part I

The year in the title isn't a typo. Even though it is only Aug. 2, good producers are making their decisions for the 2016 wheat crop. Even though planting is more than a month away, many producers are already facing potential challenges, especially for those planning to plant wheat after summer crops.

August 02, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make the most of mealtime

In today's harried world, seems like everyone's schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and participate in student government, sports or any number of events. Seems families meet each other coming and going. Still, most parents believe it's more important than ever to dedicate the dinner hour to developing and nurturing relationships with family members.

July 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid is now spreading fast. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. This week, economically significant infestations were found as far north as Noble, Kay, and Grant Counties in Oklahoma, right on the Kansas state line. With some southerly wind, we will soon get winged aphids landing in Kansas sorghum.

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make your own plan

The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way ...

November 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Farmer led committee seeks innovative research proposals

Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

A big disease problem in cattle this fall season: anaplasmosis

This year, confirmed cases of anaplasmosis throughout Kansas and beyond are at some of the highest numbers veterinarians have ever seen. With the high incidence ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Fall chores

As a child, you may have fond memories of playing in freshly raked piles of leaves on a crisp fall afternoon. As you get older ...

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Farm Bureau farmers and ranchers to meet in Manhattan

More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 7-8 for their organization's 97th annual meeting.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 2 – Temperature & Wind

Last week's column focused on humidity. This week focuses on temperature measurements with emphasis on agriculture. However, instead of two parts devoted to this ...

November 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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