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Agriculture and Water: Part IV

Today, we will attempt to tie the last three weeks together into the issues facing agriculture and water for Western Kansas. The idea with these columns is to briefly try and link together the factors creating the dilemma for crop production in Western Kansas and what it all means. To review briefly:

October 01, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Open doors

Without a doubt, livestock producers take care of their livestock. They continue to upgrade facilities, use the best animal feed and doctor their cattle, swine and sheep when the need arises.

September 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


High Tunnel Tour- Oct. 4

High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton Pawnee and Rush, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.

September 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Nov. 18, as the first cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2017 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part III

So far we have focused on water in plants and water in the soil. Now let's focus on water in the atmosphere, crop water needs, the soil, and tie it all together. It would seem, based on the last two columns that the amount of water a plant needs to produce a given amount of biomass, forage or grain, would be clear cut as would the soils ability to supply the plant's moisture needs based on soil type, organic matter, structure, and so on. However, this is where the atmosphere and climate can throw in a monkey wrench.

September 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


High Tunnel tour planned for October

High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton, Pawnee and Rush counties, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.

September 20, 2016 | Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent | Agriculture


Communication leads to community

I love to eat. And like millions of fellow Americans there's nothing better than the food grown and produced on this nation's farms and ranches.

September 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Surgarcane aphid

The Sugarcane aphid is still moving through Barton County, and many people have questions about when or if to treat for the insect before the upcoming harvest. Here is an update from K-State Agronomy and Entomology about some observations for Kansas on treating for the aphids close to harvest with Sorghum's low prices being considered.

September 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute launches pregnancy analytics mobile app

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile app called Pregnancy Analytics.

September 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part II

Last week's column focused on water in plants. This week features water in the soil. As always, this is simply a brief overview that covers the highlights. The water contained within plants comes from the soil and is extracted by young, actively growing roots cells. The ability of the soil to hold water and allow roots to extract it is a function of the following:

September 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


A summer to remember

In the east, west, south and north, rain hung in the morning sky. Low-lying fog blanketed the Clark County countryside. At nine o'clock, the temperature inched toward 70 degrees.

September 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Winter Barley

Winter annual weeds like Little Barley are some of the more difficult weeds to control in your home lawn. It's not that they are hard to kill with chemicals; it's that many people forget to treat for them until they are highly visible in the spring. The best time to get rid of this weed however, is now when it is small. Here is a small piece from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert on controlling Little Barley in your turf.

September 10, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part I

If you live and/or farm in Kansas there are several givens in your life. The wind will blow; there will be heat; we all think about water and precipitation. There is either too much or too little water for us but seldom just the right amount. We are afraid to complain when it rains and storms because we all know precipitation can disappear for long periods of time. For the farmer, or rancher for that matter, adequate soil moisture for crops is the difference between staying in or going out of business. That is why the development of practical ...

September 10, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


KJLS entries set record for second consecutive year

The 84th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), sponsored by Cargill, again will set a record for entries, with 798 youth from 90 counties entering 2,063 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years, increasing by 200 head over last year's record numbers. The total includes 141 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 293 market hogs, 278 breeding gilts, 326 market lambs, 298 breeding ewes, 240 meat goats and 158 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 30 to October 2 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

September 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Tough year for agriculture

Record crops, low commodity prices and stalled trade negotiations spell difficult times for Kansas farmers and ranchers in 2016.

September 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


The differences between grasses and broadleaves – Part II

Last week's column discussed the broad differences between grass crops such as corn and wheat compared to broadleaf crops such as soybeans and alfalfa ...

May 26, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


FSA county committee nominations launch June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America's farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on ...

May 26, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Appreciation

Grandma and Grandpa Becker were people of action rather than words. Not that they didn't have much to say. They just chose their words ...

May 26, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA designates Kansas counties as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Some steps to prepare for weed control in your alfalfa

Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options ...

May 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The differences between grasses andbBroadleaves – Part I

First, more beneficial rainfall in spots this week to go along with last week. Unfortunately parts of Western and South Central Kansas received damaging hail ...

May 19, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get ...

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential ...

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across ...

May 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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