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Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Land is sacred

Almost every farmer or rancher has said this in one way or another, "My life begins with the land."

July 09, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Crop producers should look out for potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms and fall armyworms

As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, K-State Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas. Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Leaf scorch

I have had many calls lately with concern over leaves on trees turning brown at the edges. Much of the time, this is attributed to our erratic weather we have been experiencing lately. I found a short column by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture expert that explains leaf scorch a little more, as well as a few tips to help your tree recover from the damage.

July 09, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Chinese sorghum buyers visit Lyons while in Kansas

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of high-volume Chinese sorghum buyers was in Kansas this summer as part of a tour aimed at further developing and strengthening relationships between Chinese sorghum buyers and U.S. suppliers. One of their stops was in Lyons.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Agriculture and Labels

After the last week it is likely safe to say the area has received its fair share of moisture which hurt finishing up wheat harvest but is certainly a boon for summer crops (and weeds), pastures, and wildlife. Also today, the Barton County Fair wraps up so everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to put it on and/or participating, especially the 4-H participants and their parents. A significant topic currently in agriculture is labelling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products and content labelling in general. This column has previously discussed at length GMOs so we will skip that.

July 09, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.

July 02, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

New regulations will help integrate use of small unmanned aerial aircraft into precision agriculture

There is good news for those in agriculture eager to take advantage of new technology in the form of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known popularly as drones.

July 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Important information about LDP’s

The LDP or Loan Deficiency Payment will kick in when the LDP Rate goes below the Barton County Loan Rate of $3.14. The LDP Rate is based on the average of the Texas Gulf and Kansas City Terminal Markets, not the local market price. You can go to website and click on the Daily LDP Rates and PCP Data to obtain the LDP rate for that day.

July 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Farming, Founding Fathers and Politics

Tomorrow is Independence Day, a day to celebrate. For most it's a day at the lake, a barbecue, and definitely fireworks. Hopefully, we all take a moment to reflect on what happened two hundred and forty years ago and perhaps contemplate politics in 2016. Finally add the importance our agricultural heritage to the mix.

July 02, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, making sure their GPS works, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.

June 25, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Faces of Harvest: Geoff and Jenny Burgess

First generation farmers Geoff and Jenny Burgess of Burgess Hill Farms may have grown up more than 4,000 miles apart, but their passions for agriculture closed the distance. Geoff came to Sterling from England in 2000 on an agricultural exchange program and ended up doing custom harvest for about three years. Four years after meeting at a local restaurant where Jenny waitressed, Jenny and Geoff decided to unite their dreams of farming by getting married and starting their own farm.

June 25, 2016 | Malerie Strahm | Agriculture

Harnessing the Power of Excel workshop set for July 12th

The Women on the Farm Committee is hosting another Workshop set for July 12th. The Workshop topic will be "Harnessing the Power of Excel." The presenter will be Rich Llewelyn, Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University.

June 25, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

What to do with wheat ground

After a slight delay with rain, wheat harvest is progressing rapidly and weather permitting will wrap up in the area soon. Overall, yields have been good to excellent and the overall quality of the crop, test weight and protein, is good. Protein levels could be higher for many but that lower protein is a result of higher than anticipated yields. More nitrogen, and for some sulfur, would have increased protein levels but with the tough conditions of late winter/early spring it's understandable producers were cautious. It's June 26 today and after maybe taking a deep breath and ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ...

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active ...

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

Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

March 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Control marestail in soybeans

Controlling marestail in soybeans continues to be a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail ...

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Do farmers feel lucky? Well do they?

Even with a bit of moisture over the last week, the drought that has settled over Kansas has deepened a bit overall with only a ...

March 03, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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