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Wheat market show

The warm temperatures and sunny days are ripening the wheat, and it will be ready to harvest very soon. The wheat crop is looking to be very good this year, and much better than expected a few months ago. With so many excellent fields out there, producers may be interested in entering a variety into the Barton County Market wheat show for the County Fair.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Now That’s Rural: Randy Kemp – Eskridge Lumber

It's been called a "step back in time," a local resource for hardware and materials, and a lifesaver when somebody is in a jam. It's a small town Kansas lumberyard which now has new life under local ownership.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas State University advances research and education outreach to address fatigued cattle syndrome

Two Kansas State University beef cattle researchers are developing a prevention program for fatigued cattle syndrome. The syndrome, which has the potential to cause mobility issues in feedlot cattle stressed during the end of the feeding period, was identified through research at the university in 2014 that was funded by a grant from Merck Animal Health.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part II

First, combines are rolling in Kansas and early reports are promising with good yields, test weights and protein levels. The rains and relatively mild weather allowed wheat to maximize filling and mature instead of dying, provided diseases didn't interfere. The forecasted rains could slow down progress and lower test weights. Now back to cover crops.

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Worry less

Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."

June 04, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute provides online resource for upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive changes

Striving to provide the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes in regulations related to the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University is offering a new online resource – for free.

June 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


June is Kansas Dairy Month

Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy regions in the United States, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to celebrate our hard-working dairy farmers during the month of June as the Governor has proclaimed it Kansas Dairy Month.

June 04, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Waterlogged soils

With all of the rain that we have experienced lately, there has been some concern over how much water a plant in the landscape can handle, and for how long of a time period. This week, I found some information from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that discusses waterlogged soils, and answers some questions you may have about your turf, trees, and vegetables during this rainy time.

June 04, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part I

Since wheat harvest is a little ways off, let's take some time to consider one of the next big things in crop production – Cover Crops. This has become much more than the interest of a "fringe" of crop production (organic farming and sustainable agriculture) and has entered the mainstream with Research and Extension along with the NRCS conducting research and promoting adoption by producers. The actual movement for cover crops really started around forty years ago with the organic/sustainable agriculture movement and has slowly gained acceptance in many quarters. This week, we briefly examine what a cover crop ...

June 04, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never forget

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead – young, old, male and female – tell a story about the community.

May 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm season grasses

June is the time to fertilize warm-season lawn grasses such as bermudagrass, buffalograss, and zoysiagrass. These species all thrive in warmer summer weather, so this is the time they respond best to fertilization. The most important nutrient is nitrogen (N), and these three species need it in varying amounts.

May 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


2016 wheat harvest and loan deficiency payments

The 2016 wheat harvest is approaching, and producers should keep in mind the possibility of a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) may exist. A loan deficiency payment can come into effect when the price of wheat nears the county loan rate. The 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat loan rate for Barton County is $3.14. To be considered eligible for an LDP, producers must have form CCC-633EZ, Page 1 on file at their local FSA Office before losing beneficial interest in the crop. Pages 2, 3 or 4 of the form must be submitted when payment is requested. As of May ...

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Official Start of Summer?

First, before today's topic, let us all take a moment to remember all of those whose gave their lives protecting our country and freedoms as well as those who lost their lives protecting us in our everyday lives. Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer yet there will be stories on June 20th marking it as the official start of summer. Which is correct? The reality is that both are. The question is why?

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The farm and ranch community

A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.

May 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low levels in Barton County, but it is a good idea to keep a lookout. While flag smut does not have an effect on the quality of the grain itself, it is an export issue with several countries so it can affect the economy. This week, I have found a short Q and A that goes over the importance of flag smut and how to control it in the coming years. If you do suspect that ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Another weather and agriculture column

This column is being written Friday so hopefully the promised rainfall has occurred by the time you read this. One last column, hopefully, for a ...

April 21, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat freeze

The weekend of April 14-16 brought, once again, cold temperatures that have potential to cause freeze injury to the 2018 wheat crop. Factors that influence ...

April 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Critical thinking

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protector and guardian of ...

April 21, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Controlling henbit

Spring is here even though Mother Nature does not always seem to agree. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Summer crops and the weather

No changes to report on the drought front except that there are indications the La Nina seems to be weakening and that could eventually lead ...

April 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The importance of a preemergence herbicide program for row crops

Difficult weeds, especially glyphosate-resistant weeds, are controlled most consistently with soil-applied herbicides which kill germinating seeds/seedlings. Much of the resistance to glyphosate has developed ...

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Treat this old world right

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates ...

April 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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