This last week has really driven home that fall is here and winter is on its way! With the cooler weather, your lawn is slowing down on growth, and gathering reserves to be able to survive the dormant season. It's tempting to stop mowing all together and enjoy the much deserved break from your yard chores. As long as your grass is still growing, your turf still needs mowed for optimum health and winter hardiness. For a little more clarification, I thought I would share with you a piece from K-State Research and Extension' s horticulture specialist Ward Upham:
For the first time last week a touch of fall filled the early morning air. With the coming of fall and approach of winter, it's fun to recall some time-tested weather sayings.
Most people think that the time to get a soil test is in the spring when they start thinking about what they want to grow, and how it is going to look. While a spring test can be important if one hasn't been done for several years, a fall test can actually help you more.
Internationally known expert on forage livestock systems, Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services LLC, is returning to Kansas from Oct. 28-31, for two 2-day workshops on grazing management as it applies to the livestock business.
It is safe to say over the last year almost everyone in some fashion has thought about the government, what it should or shouldn't do, and whether it can do anything well. Lately with the events in Washington and over the last year with events transpiring in Topeka a strong diversity of opinion is evident. Like many discussions regarding government, opposing opinions frame the questions in pretty stark black and white terms. Agriculture is no different in this respect as the industry is constantly aware of and dealing with various aspects of local, state, and federal government bureaucracies. Rather ...
With winter wheat planting underway throughout Kansas, farmers are encouraged to begin planning to participate in the fifth annual Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, and win $1,000 in cash.
The 81st Annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) promises to be a big event this year, with 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years. The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Sept. 20-23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
Governor Brownback recently proclaimed the month of October as Kansas Farm to School Month and the week of Oct. 14-18 as Farm to School Week.
Dog eating your shoes again? Do you want to garden but have a brown thumb? Dream of cloning yourself to be three places at once? These are just a few of life's little questions. 4-H can help you with these questions. 4-H is a place where everyone in the family can go together on the same night to a 4-H meeting. Join 4-H and learn the basics of dog obedience in the dog project. Join 4-H and open up a new world of fashion options by designing clothes or buying them, selecting accessories and modeling.
More than 75 Farm Bureau members of Kansas have taken leadership positions within their farm organization and will serve on the organization's agricultural advisory committees. Members on the eight state ag advisory committees surface commodity-specific issues, discuss solutions and make recommendations to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
In the last two weeks, I have been getting a lot of calls about different types of caterpillars that are migrating into people's yards and gardens, and sometimes even their houses! I will talk about a few of these and try to help you out a little bit if you are also having this problem.
Sometime over the last year or so, one of these columns was supposed to focus on the new Farm Bill. Needless to say, that hasn't happened and likely won't for some time to come. One of the casualties of the impasse in Washington going largely unnoticed isn't just the lack of a Farm Bill but as of October 1 there is no authority to continue under the previous one. Adding to the mess for agriculture is the closure of Farm Service Agency offices and most USDA functions. Instead of dwelling on Washington, let's shift the focus ...
With each passing day there's more interest in the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. This is the proposed direct current (DC) electric transmission line that would run from near Spearville north and east across the state to the Kansas-Missouri border.
Now is the time to be thinking about your landscape for next spring. Putting some planning, time and energy into your flower beds now will help them look beautiful next year. This week, I want to share an article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture specialist Ward Upham about Spring-flowering bulbs and how to plant a care for them. Happy Planting!
The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences.
Cattlemen and producers are invited to the Fall Forage Tour, Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1st. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. on both days at the Dale Strickler Farm, one mile south of Courtland on the west side of the highway. Two audiences will benefit from participation in the Fall Forage Tour-cattle producers and those interested in utilizing cover crops to improve soil health. The tour will focus on improving soil productivity by using of cover crops, forages, and perennial grasses.
The fall weather lately has been beautiful, and made it very easy to be outside most weekends. The warm weather will not last much longer, so now is the time to prepare your garden and landscape for the coming spring if you have not already done so. Below, I have found a few pieces of information about fall chores that you may find helpful, and if you would like to learn more about fall prep for a healthy spring landscape, I will be giving a short program at the Extension Office located at 1800 12th Street over the noon hour ...
During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn't enough for sustenance. In order to survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked.
Katherine and Mathew Hicks of Great Bend competed on Oct. 11, at the Kansas State Rabbit Breeders Association annual convention. They participated in the youth individual contests, the royalty contest and youth rabbit shows. Katherine was third runner up in the rabbit judging contest, was a member of the queen court and won the American Chinchilla rabbit show with her home bred, home grown rabbits. Mathew was named the runner up Kansas duke in the royalty contest which is a six-contest skill-a-thon including a six-page written application, a 200-question test, the rabbit judging contest, the rabbit ID contest, showmanship and ...
Livestock producers attending the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita will hear an investigative journalist present the case that nutritional science has it wrong with respect to the healthfulness of meat and dairy products. A tribute to KLA's chief executive, who is stepping down, and comments from one of the nation's largest cattle feeders are other highlights of the convention, set for Dec. 3-5.
While not avoiding this topic, it seemed smart to wait and see how fall harvest and planting progressed. However, as you read this, the area is experiencing early summer, not mid-fall temperatures. First let's look at fall yields followed by winter wheat planting.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
One hundred years ago, Dr. Norman Borlaug was born. His semi-dwarf, disease-resistant wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. It is fitting that the 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, will be awarded on October 16 to a wheat researcher for the first time. And Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is not just any wheat breeder - he was Borlaug's successor.
As the 2014 election races toward the finish line on Nov. 4, candidates from both parties have stooped to their old tricks of slinging mud, name calling and finger pointing at one another. Why can't candidates do what's right for this nation and focus on issues?
In 2014, the average age of a farmer in the United States is 57 years old, yet more individuals continue to farm well past 65 years of age. With the larger value of many farms and ranches today, how will you make sure of a successful transition of the family Farm to the next generation?
To wrap up this discussion, today's column discusses what a producer can do to strive for as efficient an operation as possible with the four factors of production – Land, Labor, Capital, and Management. Please keep in mind that unlike many other enterprises, producers of agricultural products have certain disadvantages including weather, producing a product with a limited shelf life compared to most products, and trying to predict what the factors of production used actually produce. Take a moment to think about the last point – a car manufacturer or a smart phone manufacturer can tell you based upon the inputs ...
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