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Fertilize cool season lawns

May is an excellent time to fertilize cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization. May is a good time to fertilize because the springtime flush of growth characteristic of these grasses has tapered off, so the fertilizer you apply will be less likely to cause excessive shoot growth than if you fertilized at a full rate in April. Slow-release nitrogen sources are ideal. These nitrogen sources promote controlled growth, which is ...

May 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

May is proclaimed Kansas Beef Month

The month of May has been declared Kansas Beef Month, according to a proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state's ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state's agricultural success.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wheat Tour Day 2

After day two of the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour 2016, scouts had visited 606 stops and calculated an average yield of 48.2 bushels per acre, up from the 34.4 bushel per acre estimate in 2015.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

When Crops Are Ready To Harvest

Before today's topic, there's some good news. As of last Thursday, all of Kansas is out of drought conditions and only a small area east of here is rated as abnormally dry. That includes a sliver of Barton, most of Rice and part of Northern Reno County. Unless the weather turns of exceptionally hot and dry, everything is in position soil moisture wise for a good wheat crop. Also there is good moisture to plant corn, soybean, and grain sorghum into and provide for good early growth.

May 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many growers looking into fungicide options. Here is a quick Q&A from Eric DeWolf, K-State Research and Extension Plant Pathologist to help answer a few questions you may have on your options.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Mapping wheat ancestors’ genomes: Wild relatives of wheat contain valuable traits for wheat breeding

If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had drought tolerant wheat, or maybe even wheat with resistance to common pests?

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Goodbye Lorna Doone

"Goodbye, sweet girl – it's time to go," I said looking into those eyes that showed love, devotion and friendship. My eyes and those of son, Ben, overflowed with tears.

May 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas added to interactive cover crops website

Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless series of questions," said DeAnn Presley, Kansas State University associate professor of agronomy. That's where an interactive web site can be a big help.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Risk Management In Agriculture

Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or cropping/livestock production strategies to minimize the risk of failure. We most often associate risk management with money, economic survival. What can we do to stay in business and make sure our operation can stay in business and hopefully turn a decent profit? Today, let's focus on another form of risk management – avoiding serious injury and even death on the farm.

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

Farmers and ranchers cherish their land

Farmers and ranchers strive to protect our planet each and every day. On April 22, nearly 2 million agricultural producers will celebrate the 45th observance of Earth Day with the rest of us who live in this country.

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

NRCS seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $15 million in financial and technical assistance available nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Ag Foundation to host inaugural summer conference; Peterson Farm Brothers and Monte Selby to keynote

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on June 2, at the Salina Bicentennial center and is open to all Kansas teachers, volunteers, out-of-school program coordinators and those interested in agriculture education.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Commuity Orchard

The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be trimming branches and starting to train the branches so that they have well- spaced limbs to be able to carry the load of apples in the future. These first few years of letting the apple trees establish themselves, and guiding the branches to the correct angles will help them have a long productive life for the community. On Sunday, May 1, K-State Research and Extension will host a fruit tree trimming class from 1-3 at ...

April 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agricultural Odds and Ends

Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here. Now through the end of June is an extremely busy time for crop producers and for that matter, livestock producers.

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

Silent sentinels on the High Plains

Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95. I was on my way to a Rattlesnake Roundup outside of Sharon Springs. While taking the back roads where I grew up, I happened upon the inspiration for the following story. While Mr. Smith is dead and gone, hardy souls and stories like his are worth revisiting.

April 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | 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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