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The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

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

Control marestail in soybeans

Controlling marestail in soybeans continues to be a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail generally germinates in the fall or early spring, application timing and weed size are critical factors for successful control.

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Do farmers feel lucky? Well do they?

Even with a bit of moisture over the last week, the drought that has settled over Kansas has deepened a bit overall with only a tiny portion of extreme Northwest Kansas in no stage of drought. Three-quarters of the state ranges from Moderate to Extreme Drought. Today is March 4th so Kansas producers are starting to grow concerned about more than just the 2018 wheat crop since corn planting isn't far off, alfalfa will start greening up, pastures need burned in many cases, and other summer crops aren't far off.

March 03, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Ending the employee drought facing agriculture

No real change in the Drought Monitor as of Tuesday and the moisture received since then will have little effect. It will be interesting this week to see what happens, with warmer temperatures, with the wheat in the ground. Last week's column described the need for significant numbers of employees in agriculture and ag related industries, the lack of awareness with the general public about agricultural careers, and the need of the industry to find a way to overcome these challenges. Today's column suggests possible actions to take to benefit not only the agriculture industry but also potential ...

February 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Growing canola

Agricultural producers in central Kansas with an interest in canola production can learn more at an upcoming event. K-State Research and Extension is presenting a 'Growing Canola' informational meeting on March 6 at the American Ag Credit Building, 5634 10th Street in Great Bend. The meeting is hosted by the Cottonwood Extension District.

February 24, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Brunkow shows total commitment to state's ag trade

Pottawatomie County farmer/stockman Glenn Brunkow entered the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka with his hair askew and his demeanor a bit dampened. In less than 10 minutes Brunkow was slated to speak on international trade and its impact on Kansas.

February 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Another drought facing agriculture

There really isn't much to say regarding the continuing and deepening drought in our area. Although parts of Kansas did receive some snowfall, the overall pattern isn't promising over the near term for any meaningful precipitation. Temperatures are a bit up and down but fortunately more on the cooler rather than warmer side through the coming weekend. Today, let's discuss a different drought affecting the agriculture industry – a drought in the workforce.

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

Plan your spring planting

At this time of year when many gardeners are looking forward to nicer days ahead spent outside tending their plants, many use this time to plan what plants they are going to buy, and research what varieties preformed the best last year. Every year, K-State Research and Extension compiles all of its horticulture research results on its website for easy access.

February 17, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Farm Bureau offers Safety Awareness Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will hold its 17th Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building. The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome from Barton County Farm Bureau President, Tim Maier.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Speaking dat Hace American

Sometimes we get requests. Recently a couple close friends and I were discussing taking care of livestock during winter when this task can be a down-right chore. Well once you lay out all the cons, the conversation generally takes a 180 degree turn and you wind up talking about the humorous or lighter moments as well. In doing so, we stumbled onto the subject of how some of the folks around Hays speak. Here's a column I wrote just for fun back in December of 2004. Enjoy.

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

Surviving winter: conclusion

Nothing to report on the drought front except that some areas west of Barton County did receive a few inches of snow. Unless conditions change markedly and the area receives precipitation well-above normal, conditions at best will remain the same or likely intensify. Last week's focus was on how cool season grasses like winter wheat work around winter to complete their lifecycle, i.e. produce viable seed. Briefly, the growing point is below the ground until spring, it won't flower until being exposed to a certain amount of cold (vernalization), it changes physically and physiologically for winter with ...

February 12, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Muttonhead musings

Just as we were all adjusting to warmer temperatures, Mother Nature decided to turn the tables and dumped snow and near-zero temperatures on our sunny, warmer days. And judging by the weather forecasts, the rest of the week will bring us additional white stuff. Who knows, maybe for the rest of the month.

February 10, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

February programs

There are two programs that will be held in Great Bend for the Cottonwood District that I would like to highlight this week. Registration deadlines are coming up fast, so call 620-793-1910 or email me at if you would like to attend either program or both.

February 10, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Surviving winter

First, there is nothing to report on the drought front. The area growing from abnormally dry to moderate drought, as is the severe condition, is expanding north and eastward but overall little has changed. With all the concern over possible wheat lost from cold temperatures combined with the drought, it might be helpful to understand how cool season plants such as winter wheat and canola adapt to survive winter. First let's tackle monocots, grasses, like winter wheat and then dicots, broadleaves like winter canola.

February 03, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Assistance available to Agricultural Producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program

SALINA - Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program.

January 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Enjoy bread

While the 2018 wheat harvest remains fresh in the minds of Kansans, it's worth remembering civilization has been directly linked to the cultivation of ...

July 21, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Smoky Hills Public Television receives Department of Commerce Award

BUNKER HILL – Smoky Hills Public Television received an award from the Kansas Department of Commerce at the Russell County Commission meeting on July 16. The ...

July 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Watering trees

The year has been feast or famine when it comes to rain. In spite of the recent rains we have been blessed with, we are ...

July 14, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

An old, new crop For Kansas

First as usual, a drought update is in order. The area no longer under drought conditions or even abnormally dry has expanded from northwest Kansas ...

July 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Better than expected

"Better than expected, but not what we'd hoped for."

July 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

It's time to plane fall harvest

Probably the last thing the average gardener thinks of doing in the heat of the summer is to plant another round of vegetables ... again. However ...

July 14, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Agriculture


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