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Sycamore Anthracnose

Over the past few weeks, many of the phone calls and house visits have concerned one thing, Sycamore trees looking sick. Many of the Sycamore tree leaves in the area are turning brown in spots, and are dropping off the tree leaving it looking stressed early in the growing season. I have went and checked out several of the trees that are having this issue, and it seems to be Sycamore Anthracnose.

June 14, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Corn and Soybean Production – Heat and Light Part II

The first part of this series described how the growth of crops like corn is driven by heat accumulation. For corn the accumulation of heat determines the growth stage of the plant. Naturally light, water, and nutrients are important but heat accumulation determines the rate of growth. For crops such as soybeans heat is certainly important and the proper temperature range enhances growth but day length, or more precisely night length determine the onset of flowering and therefore bean production. So how is soybean production in Kansas determined by light?

June 14, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Better prospects for 2015 wheat harvest

Travel through northwestern Kansas and you'll see plenty of variability in the winter wheat crop.

June 07, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Corn and Soybean Production – Heat and Light Part I

If you have been paying attention to farm news in our region, you heard concerns about getting the corn crop in the ground as it was getting late for planting. You seldom hear those concerns in Kansas regarding soybeans. Have you ever wondered why? Well it has to do with the difference in the importance of heat and light for these crops.

June 07, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat flag smut

This year has been ideal for disease issues in the wheat field. Agronomists across the state have reported widespread rust disease, as well as wheat streak mosaic in many areas. Now, there have been reports of wheat flag smut detected in Kansas as well. It has not been confirmed in Barton County, but be on the lookout in your fields for it. This is a manageable issue, but bears keeping a close eye on. The following column gives you some more information about Flag Smut from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Check www.agriculture.ks.gov and search for Wheat ...

June 07, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Tell the livestock story

Today's livestock producers work in a noble profession. Unfortunately, not everyone believes this so people who care for animals must understand how consumers think and feel. Get inside their heads, if you will.

May 31, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Too much water

Since I have been the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County, my columns have centered on the drought, and how you can water effectively to help your plants through the stressful times. Well, now the pendulum has swung the other direction, and many are wondering how all of this water will affect their plants. I found a couple of short columns from Ward Upham, KSRE Horticulture expert on a few water issues that are on many people's minds.

May 31, 2015 | | Agriculture


Wheat and Summer Crops – An Update

The past week brought more precipitation and as this column is being written, Thursday morning, more is expected. Where does that leave the area in terms of the upcoming wheat harvest and our summer crops?

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


17 year cicadas

This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.

May 24, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


FFA members to gather in Manhattan for annual state convention

One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 87th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 27, and run through Friday, May 29.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


A Little Agriculture Fun

First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.

May 24, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Help Wanted – Careers in Agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 17, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Summer safety

Before long, kids will toss their schoolbooks and pencils in the far corners of their rooms, don their Magellan garb and embark on a summer course of outdoor exploration.

May 17, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Study: Spring heat more damaging to wheat than fall freeze

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

May 17, 2015 | | 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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