The end of agriculture in America is near. American agriculture will soon lose its competitive edge.
Using funds provided under the recently completed wheat germplasm and technology license agreement with Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park, N.C., the Kansas State University Foundation has made a contribution to the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture to help establish an endowed chair in honor of renowned K-State professor Bikram Gill.
Central Kansas wheat farmers have a unique opportunity to provide direction for one of Kansas' most important industries, through the 2014 Kansas commodity commission elections.
Promoting modern beef cattle production practices utilized by Kansas farmers and ranchers and high quality Kansas beef products will be priorities for the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) during an upcoming trade mission to Russia October 23 - November 2.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 15, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Halloween is a scant four days away. The 2013 summer cropping season is finally close to wrapping up and the 2015 wheat crop is at mostly planted. What happened or more precisely why did it happen? Before starting it's helpful to keep in mind several specifics. First, precipitation amounts and distribution improved from west to east in the area. Second, when crops were planted played a major role in yields as did soil type, fertility, tillage and other factors. Third, these comments are describing the area in general.
Last week, we were all reminded that fall is here, and winter is not too far off! As well as the snow that fell, we also had our first frost warning for Barton County of the season. This brings up the question, "What's the difference between a frost warning, a freeze warning and a hard freeze warning?" I looked up a little information on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and this is their official definition.
U.S. agriculture depends on world trade for its continued viability. More than $141 billion in agricultural goods were exported last year.
Cattlemen around the state are marking their calendars and gearing up to attend the Kansas Cattlemen's Association's Annual Cattlemen's Convention and Trade Show in Dodge City, Kansas. The event will take place on November 9th at the United Wireless Arena and Magouirk Conference Center.
Western Kansas wheat producers have been in a constant battle with weather the past few years. Although the cry for more rain has always been strong, last month's rains may be contributing to emergence problems in some producer's recently planted wheat fields.
Driving through Kansas, you'll see signs that say, "One Kansas farmer feeds 155 people and you," indicating the importance of agriculture in Kansas. Kansans can support the number one industry in the state while providing funds to help educate Kansas youth just by purchasing a specialty license plate for their vehicle.
This past Thursday Barton Community College hosted over 300 area high school students for the Annual Jack Kilby Science Day. They were exposed to a variety of speakers and topics ranging from the drones and blood typing to biodiesel, chemistry and physics magic. One topic involved soils and their importance to our world, not just in agriculture but in our everyday world. Another part of the soils presentation involved careers in agriculture and the challenge of feeding nine billion people in the next several decades.
WASHINGTON - Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced Friday.
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.
Many times when I go out on home visits, the homeowners concerns are with trees on their property. One reason for your trees being in distress may very well be your lawn. If your grass, (especially cool season grasses such as fescue) is allowed to grow up to the trunk of your trees, the competition for water and other nutrients may cause your tree to decline in health. Following is a report on research that has been completed by KSU with more information about the grass and tree competition issue many homeowners have faced.
The two previous columns briefly outlined reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century and the results of those changes for the society. Also discussed were the effects these changes had on the practice of agriculture. Now, let's wrap it up and discuss how these changes changed agricultural producers themselves. Please keep in mind these are general trends that don't necessarily mean everyone producing food, fiber, or fuel or that today is bad and a century ago was better or vice-versa..
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.
The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
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.
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