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Time Is Money In Agriculture

Hopefully, everybody has pretty much adjusted to "springing forward." Losing an hour in the spring and gaining it back in the fall with all the attendant moaning and groaning is a relatively recent phenomenon and not really because of the time change itself but because of how our view of time has changed. For most of the history of humankind time wasn't a fixed but relative idea. Why? Several reasons.

March 20, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Don’t be a road hog

Travel on our highways and country roads should be a two-way street. Motorists and farmers alike need to be cautious during the busy spring farming season.

March 13, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Controlling henbit

The growing season, albeit early, seems to be kicking into gear already. 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.

March 13, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Warm Spring Weather And Wheat

This past winter was the winter that wasn't for this area. For example, the average temperature in Reno County for February was over six degrees above the long-term average. With the exception of a day or two here and there, the entire winter was above average and essentially devoid of snow. March is similarly starting off that way. Wheat is definitely out of dormancy, has greened up nicely, and considering the lack of moisture for most of Kansas since the first of the year, looks good to very good. This is in spite of the warm, dry, windy conditions ...

March 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The beauty of fire

Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, you can see fires for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, crackles and bursts into orange.

March 06, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers named

Six couples have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. They will be honored at a banquet on Friday, March 11, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Early spring-like temperatures welcome for all but the wheat

The weather over the past two weeks has been uncharacteristically warm for this time of year in Kansas. While many are enjoying being outdoors, this early warm spell has raised concerns for winter wheat across the state.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of during March is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later in this article, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches.

March 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Golden Belt Community Foundation establishes farmland giving program

Golden Belt Community Foundation is excited to announce their new farmland giving program. "Your Land. Your Legacy." was created to give donors greater flexibility and options when considering a gift of farmland, including the option to request that the foundation keep the land in production to support the donor's favorite charities or causes.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Birds and the Bees and Agriculture

A report has just been released regarding the state of bee populations in the world. There is grave concern as populations are plummeting rapidly. Naturally, many would consider this a bad thing but they may also ask that bedsides honey what's the big deal? Believe it or not, it's a huge deal for world food supplies. As one report stated: "one out of every three bites of eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest." It has been common over the last decade for beekeepers in Europe to lose 30% of their hives per year ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Play safe on the farm

The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster growing up on a farm, operating mammoth farm machines epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.

February 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm winter temperatures on wheat

With the warmer than average temperatures that we have experienced, the wheat has started to grow. Many people may be wondering if this can be an issue in the future if we receive a hard freeze or a long spell of cold temperatures return before spring is finally here. I found this article in K-State Research and Extension's weekly agronomy update and I thought I would share it with you this week. It's a good reminder of what to be looking out for if your wheat fields are growing fast at this time of year.

February 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Young Stockmen’s Academy gathers in Topeka for first session

A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met in Topeka last week for the first installment of the 2016 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

February 28, 2016 | | Agriculture


Spring Is Almost Here - Corn

Last week we discussed wheat heading into spring. Today's column focuses on getting ready for the 2016 corn crop. Corn planting, depending on Mother Nature's whims, could start in as little as five weeks, especially dryland corn. For many corn producers what is listed below may have already been decided, especially with discounts for early seed orders and locking in lower prices for inputs. So what goes into getting ready to plant a corn crop? Keep in mind though not mentioned here, the selection of tillage systems plays a large role in some of these decisions.

February 28, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, making sure their GPS works, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another ...

June 25, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Faces of Harvest: Geoff and Jenny Burgess

First generation farmers Geoff and Jenny Burgess of Burgess Hill Farms may have grown up more than 4,000 miles apart, but their passions for ...

June 25, 2016 | Malerie Strahm | Agriculture


Harnessing the Power of Excel workshop set for July 12th

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 12th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The ...

June 25, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What to do with wheat ground

After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Response to Vision

MANHATTAN – A new type of farm has been established in Kansas with a primary focus on water conservation in addition to crops and livestock.

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128 ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


“Creating the Best Day Ever” conference helped teachers in-fuse ag in classroom education

State agriculture focused non-profit, the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC), hosted their inaugural one-day summer conference at the Salina Bicentennial Center.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Outhouse lore

Several images surface as we dust off the cobwebs of our minds and reflect back on rural Kansas and those days of years gone by ...

June 18, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


University’s quarter-scale tractor team places second at international competition

The Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor A team placed second overall at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Plant Something in June

This week, I thought I would share a column written by KSRE's Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Nursery Crops for K-State. If you would ...

June 18, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA ...

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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