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Army cutworms

As the weather begins to warm, and the crops in the field begin to grow, insects start their annual migration into Kansas or come out of their winter hiding places to feast upon the new growth. One such insect that is making its presence felt across Kansas is the army cutworm. The following piece is from the agronomy department for K-State Research and Extension with some information about the army cutworm and the threshold for various crops for possible treatment.

April 13, 2014 | | Agriculture


Kansas growers urged to “Know Before You Grow” this planting season

It is corn planting season in Kansas and the Kansas Corn Commission is again reminding growers to "Know Before You Grow." Through the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) website growers can view information on the release of new seed varieties, policy stances, biotech traits and grower agreements. The site, "Know Before Your Grow," is designed to help growers have a better understanding of the type of corn they're growing and the needs of their customers.

April 13, 2014 | | Agriculture


A winter wheat update

There is a lot going on this time of year in the world of agriculture. From preparing for and planting spring crops to attending the annual Farm and Ranch Expo this past week. Cattle producers have their own set challenges as we head into spring. Today's column is a brief update of where the winter wheat crop is as of today.

April 13, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Are you planning on going out to the Great Bend

Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.

April 06, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Twister time

Tornadoes in Kansas this spring?

April 06, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cutoff date extended to April 18 for Forestry Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

State Conservationist Eric B. Banks for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the extension of the cutoff date to April 18, for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Even though CCPI is no longer a program under the 2014 Farm Bill, NRCS will honor existing CCPI agreements through fiscal year 2014. The CCPI provides financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to owners and operators of agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestlands.

April 06, 2014 | | Agriculture


Wheat Quality Tour participants will assess wheat crop

The registration date for the annual Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour is coming up soon. The tour, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, assesses the condition and yield potential of the hard winter wheat crop across the state of Kansas.

April 06, 2014 | | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Environment – A Zero Sum Game?

There has been a great deal of activity this year in Topeka on a variety of environmental issues. Three receiving press are the status of the Greater Prairie Chicken, the possible abolition of the State's Conservation Plan, and the repeal of the standards mandating how much energy in Kansas should come from renewable sources. These as well as other issues have provoked strong reactions on both sides of the spectrum and sometimes resulted in rather unusual coalitions. The issue under discussion this week isn't which side is right or wrong but how these issues are viewed.

April 06, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Why Do We Need To Recognize Agriculture?

It certainly seems like there is a day, week, month or year to honor or promote a person, cause, disease, or group. In case you missed it, just recently was "Take a Nap Day." This past week was the annual recognition of agriculture and the people producing food fiber and fuel. There was an insert in the Tribune, various social media events, Congressman posed with appropriate groups, and various agriculture groups visited everything from schools and grocery stores to Congress. Even in a rural city like Great Bend, agriculture was trying to get the word out about what they do ...

March 30, 2014 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fire remains vital management tool

Every spring, the ritual continues. Viewed up close or at a distance, prairie fires are riveting. Across the vast, open grasslands we call the Flint Hills, fires can be seen for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, cracks and bursts into orange.

March 30, 2014 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Lesser Prairie-Chicken initiative cutoff date extended until April 18

State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, Salina, announced the extended deadline for enrollments in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI) for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through April 18th.

March 30, 2014 | | Agriculture


Kansas growers sought for Wheat Yield contest

Now that the 2014 Kansas wheat crop is breaking dormancy, achieving top yields is on the minds of wheat farmers. With Mother Nature's help, your best management practices could be just the ticket to earn you a quick $1,000 in cash, if you enter the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest.

March 30, 2014 | | Agriculture


Tree planting

I know I have been talking a lot about trees lately, but it has been a good time to share some information. The growing season is beginning to get underway, and questions have been coming in. For my last piece about trees, I thought I would share ten tips on how to properly plant your tree to give it the best chance of being able to thrive in your landscape. Remember that all species of trees are slightly different from one another, so if you have any specific questions about your tree, I would be happy to answer them individually ...

March 30, 2014 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA encourages early registration for FSA Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15th.

March 30, 2014 | | Agriculture


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces increased opportunity for producers as part of new Farm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.

March 30, 2014 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid ...

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the ...

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture


Sustaining Agriculture – Conclusion

To wrap up this series let's examine what would happen if conventional agriculture abandoned the practices discussed last week as called for by the ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Make the most of mealtime

In today's harried world, seems like everyone's schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and ...

July 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, installing GPSs, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their ...

July 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Walnut caterpillar

I have been getting a lot of calls lately about caterpillars defoliating trees in the county. When the culprit has been brought into the office ...

July 19, 2015 | | Agriculture


Sustaining Agriculture – Part II

For detail please refer to last week's column. Today focuses on the factors traditional agriculture uses the Sustainable Food Movement objects to. First though ...

July 19, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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