A LEGEND IN MANY WAYS - REMEMBERING BILL I have been fortunate and blessed over the years to have known many fine people. One of those is Bill Vanskike. I say "is" because I am sure he is still around, I just can't see his physical form anymore. Bill was a legend! I don't mean he was made up; oh no, with Bill what you saw was what you got. No, Bill was a legend ...
Moles and pocket gophers can be among the most destructive pests to home landscapes.The Barton County Extension Office in Great Bend gets many calls annually from homeowners with holes, tunnels and mounds on their property which disrupts mowing and plant growth. Recently, Charlie Lee, Kansas State University wildlife damage control specialist, came out on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 4, to the Jim And Marlies Stevens property southeast of Great Bend with Rick Snell, ...
Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a five-part agritourism course in February and March at Pratt Community College in Pratt.
You've got to forgive me, but during this holiday season, seems like my thoughts turn to food and all of the wonderful homemade dishes of this season. I do enjoy the great fellowship with family and friends, but alas, what would this be without something good to eat.
MANHATTAN – Kansas State University joins four other land-grant universities in sharing a three year, $1.9 million grant to study pest control methods, treatments and best management practices in wheat. The USDA's Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP) awarded the grant, which provides resources that allow scientists from the five institutions to complete their work.
You've got to be kidding me, a new year already! 2011 will be here in just a few days and there will be a lot going on. Read on for some great educational opportunities.
BEEF RED BOOKS AVAILABLE You've got just enough time before Christmas to buy one of the beef red books at our office for $6.00 each. Yes, that's right folks; you won't want to miss out on deals like this, especially since we only have a few! So much for the commercial but, once again this year, we will have the red beef cow-calf record pocket calendars for sale at $6 each. These make great Christmas ...
LAST FARM SPRAYER SCHOOL FOR A LONG TIME On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Dr. Bob Wolf from K-State Ag Engineering will be here to conduct a sprayer school at the old 4-H Grounds north of Great Bend on Highway 281. We will be in the big 4-H building with plenty of heat. Dr. Wolf is retiring soon, so this maybe the last sprayer event that we have for a long time. Bob will talk about various ...
If you're even a casual observer of weather, you know the East Coast was brutalized with the season's first round of snow and blinding winds that brought the New York state region to its knees.
Seems a long time ago my mother told me about one of her first Christmas celebrations. The Christmas was 1930 and she would have been six years old.
MANHATTAN – More than 400 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 will gather next month in Wichita to network, learn and help position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.
The Kansas Farm Bureau annual meeting was held Nov. 19-20 in Manhattan.
ANALYZE YOUR FIELDS NOW We may still have a field or two of grain sorghum to harvest in Barton County, where the crop was planted late and the grain moisture has not dropped sufficiently. However, harvest flew by this year for most crop producers and with the open fall weather; we were finished much earlier than normal. You now have some time to give your fields some much-needed (TLC) tender loving care. This is one ...
KFAC, KFB to host 4th annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops this winter Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) will host the fourth annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2011. The workshops, which are designed especially for agricultural education presenters at the county level, will give participants the opportunity to receive training for a variety of agriculture-based, hands-on learning labs; receive resource materials; share ideas; network ...
SALINA - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin.
Today more than 380 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2014. These policies will now become the organization's roadmap for the 2014 legislative session.
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 79th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Make a Splash with 4-H". Sarah Niederee, 4-H Council President and Bonny Boultinghouse, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Caleb Maneth, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge. Morgan Kaiser, Council Secretary introduced the special guests.
When I think about the perils associated with winter travel, I think about my dad's simple, but sound advice, "Stay off the roads."
This week, I thought that I would share with you all some advice on live Christmas trees from where to find them and how to keep them looking good through the holiday season. A special thank you to Cheryl Boyer K-State Research and Extension Nursery Crop Specialist for the advice!
Those past a certain age can name the song the title of this column came from. There aren't many fans of the weather that descended upon the Great Plains the past week, especially after the balmy weather over Thanksgiving weekend. Outside of our discomfort and many peoples urge to strangle those they meet who love this weather, is it really a "bad" thing. What are the benefits of this weather winter for agriculture? First let's summarize the downside.
MANHATTAN - Jerry and Lou Ann Morgenstern, Barton County, were honored as Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year for Farm Bureau's 7th geographic district. The Morgensterns received their award during Kansas Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting in Manhattan, Dec. 3.
Kansas Farm Bureau recognized members and friends at its 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan.
Here's hoping everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Last week Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension ANR agent, wrote a column regarding soil testing and soil pH. This column discussed different tasks good producers perform during the winter. One of these was soil sampling reviewing the 2013 yield results and making adjustments for 2014. Some problems can be corrected quickly and immediately with good results, others require long-term planning, time, and patience. The soil environment ...
Thanksgiving weekend is here, and I know at least in my house, we go around the table saying what we are thankful for. When you are young, you are thankful for the toy you received for your birthday, or that raggedy old stuffed dog that has given you comfort as long as you can remember. (Mine was named "Puppy", and my son's is" Fluffy") As you get older, you become more thankful for the family ...
New data by agricultural economist Art Barnaby indicates that the Congressional Budget Office may have overstated the cost of federal crop insurance.
The Internal Revenue Service Farmer's Tax Guide, is now available for use in preparing 2013 tax returns.
More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan on Dec. 2-4 for their organization's 95th Annual Meeting.
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