Kansas Farm Bureau recognized members and friends at its 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan.
Here's hoping everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Last week Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension ANR agent, wrote a column regarding soil testing and soil pH. This column discussed different tasks good producers perform during the winter. One of these was soil sampling reviewing the 2013 yield results and making adjustments for 2014. Some problems can be corrected quickly and immediately with good results, others require long-term planning, time, and patience. The soil environment provides a classic example of the latter, particularly soil pH. Besides the direct effects of soil pH on crop growth, disease pressure, and herbicide ...
Thanksgiving weekend is here, and I know at least in my house, we go around the table saying what we are thankful for. When you are young, you are thankful for the toy you received for your birthday, or that raggedy old stuffed dog that has given you comfort as long as you can remember. (Mine was named "Puppy", and my son's is" Fluffy") As you get older, you become more thankful for the family that is around you and the times you get to be together rather than the smart phone or the new car. We grow up ...
New data by agricultural economist Art Barnaby indicates that the Congressional Budget Office may have overstated the cost of federal crop insurance.
The Internal Revenue Service Farmer's Tax Guide, is now available for use in preparing 2013 tax returns.
More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan on Dec. 2-4 for their organization's 95th Annual Meeting.
The challenge for farmers and ranchers will be to double food production by 2050 to help feed an estimated 9 billion people.
The image of Mom with her nose buried in the front page, Dad reading the sports page and the kids chuckling their way through the comics, harkens back to long ago days when news exposure in the home was a family affair. Sections of the daily paper were shared just like the space around the glow of the round radio dial and later the television set.
With the growing season over, it's time to put your feet up and relax, right? There are no weeds to pull, or watering to be done. The harvest is in, and now it's time to enjoy a little down time. Well, maybe not just yet. There is still some time to treat your soils and do a little preparation for next spring. In Barton County, we have a pretty high Ph. We can't be sure what your soil Ph is without a soil test. The range for most of this area is from 7.1 all the ...
Marketing Kansas-grown wheat to world buyers includes not only a quality and consistent crop, but strong relationships with those who buy it. For these reasons and more, sales of hard red winter wheat to Latin America have increased significantly in marketing year 2013/2014 with year to date sales to Central and South America at 5.33 MMT.
The weather over the last few days has provided an exclamation point to the end of the 2013 cropping season. With the exception of some fields of grain sorghum waiting to be harvested, crops are in the bin and the wheat that was going to be planted has been. Now is a time, unless you have cattle, to slow down a little and catch a breath. Or at least it used to be a "down" time. The saying goes, "Nature abhors a vacuum," and that applies to producer downtime, especially as the days of only growing wheat become a distant ...
To say the farm bill has moved like molasses through Congress the past three years is a gross understatement. This branch of our federal government continues to be mired in the mud of partisan politics.
It may come as a surprise that the participants at the Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Course at the International Grains Program (IGP) this week are not millers. But, that is exactly the point. The week-long course, underway currently, is designed to provide members of milling operations, who may not be millers themselves, a basic understanding of the milling process.
At this time of year, many producers are starting to make plans to switch from pastures and fields to forage such as prairie hay to keep their livestock healthy through the winter to come. One of the best things that can be done is to have your forage tested. That way you know what its nutritional composition is, and if you will need to add any supplements to their diet to satisfy their requirements. The first step to determine this is sampling the forage. Here are the recommended principles for proper hay sampling to be able to get the best ...
Last week's column dealt with direct changes to foods on the grocery shelf, the end product. This week let's examine changes made out in the field long before food hits the shelf. These are changes due to consumer preferences, food safety, economics, potential environmental damage and in response to the environmental pressures. Naturally there are many more changes than can be listed here.
All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, Feb. 6. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, Kan., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. It is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested.
With the advent of 2015, there's hope the Obama administration will follow through on its ambitious trade agenda. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic agree a more open trade partnership makes sense.
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.
Under a bright blue, fall Oklahoma sky in a serene setting, cattle are doing what cattle do – quietly moving through a pasture looking for the next best thing to eat. As they graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing.
The good news is, Kansas consumers spend $7.2 billion on food each year. The bad news is, $6.5 billion of it comes from beyond the state's borders, obesity is on the rise, 56 percent of Kansas farmers require secondary income and only eight percent of Kansans have healthy diets, according to a 2010 survey by the Kansas Health Institute.
While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Although women represented only 28 percent of Kansas farmers in 2012 and the number of farmers is declining overall, women are ramping-up their involvement in several of the state's less common forms of agriculture. The Kansas Rural Center is one organization in Kansas that continues to advance programs to better serve the needs of this historically underserved population.
We all know a century is a long time. In U.S. agriculture the changes make it seem more like a millennium. We are aware of the obvious changes in crops, crop yields, machinery and technology, demographics, and globalization. But where and why did those changes happen and how have these changes changed, or not changed, what a farmer has become?
Record crops and low prices have farmers embracing change in 2015, with acreage shifts continuing to move fields from corn to soybeans, according to the latest Farm Futures survey.
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