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Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of during March is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later in this article, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches.

March 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Golden Belt Community Foundation establishes farmland giving program

Golden Belt Community Foundation is excited to announce their new farmland giving program. "Your Land. Your Legacy." was created to give donors greater flexibility and options when considering a gift of farmland, including the option to request that the foundation keep the land in production to support the donor's favorite charities or causes.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

The Birds and the Bees and Agriculture

A report has just been released regarding the state of bee populations in the world. There is grave concern as populations are plummeting rapidly. Naturally, many would consider this a bad thing but they may also ask that bedsides honey what's the big deal? Believe it or not, it's a huge deal for world food supplies. As one report stated: "one out of every three bites of eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest." It has been common over the last decade for beekeepers in Europe to lose 30% of their hives per year ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Play safe on the farm

The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster growing up on a farm, operating mammoth farm machines epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.

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

Warm winter temperatures on wheat

With the warmer than average temperatures that we have experienced, the wheat has started to grow. Many people may be wondering if this can be an issue in the future if we receive a hard freeze or a long spell of cold temperatures return before spring is finally here. I found this article in K-State Research and Extension's weekly agronomy update and I thought I would share it with you this week. It's a good reminder of what to be looking out for if your wheat fields are growing fast at this time of year.

February 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Young Stockmen’s Academy gathers in Topeka for first session

A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met in Topeka last week for the first installment of the 2016 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

February 28, 2016 | | Agriculture

Spring Is Almost Here - Corn

Last week we discussed wheat heading into spring. Today's column focuses on getting ready for the 2016 corn crop. Corn planting, depending on Mother Nature's whims, could start in as little as five weeks, especially dryland corn. For many corn producers what is listed below may have already been decided, especially with discounts for early seed orders and locking in lower prices for inputs. So what goes into getting ready to plant a corn crop? Keep in mind though not mentioned here, the selection of tillage systems plays a large role in some of these decisions.

February 28, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Advocate for agriculture

Today, almost half of the state's 2.9 million people live in five counties. Four are located in eastern Kansas and one in south-central Kansas.

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

Soil temps

The warm, spring-like temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have been making it hard for people to remember it is still February! The warm sunshine and higher than normal temperatures feel like spring is already here and it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. One thing that is commonly overlooked when it comes to spring planning is soil temperature. Since the air temperature is so warm, it is easy to forget that the soil underneath our feet is still in the 30's right now. I found a short column about soil temperatures and how they can ...

February 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Margin compression in agriculture could lead to lower net incomes, decreased rental rates

The agricultural industry is entering a period of margin compression, in which revenues are depressed and costs remain elevated, according to Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. As a result, farming profits are expected to be thin, and net incomes are projected to be down in 2016.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture

USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture

Adaptation and Evolution

Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.

February 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Producers focus on herd sire selection

Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture

Valentine’s Day

Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to share it with you a short column about flowers which arrived in my email this week. Since Feb. 14, is the biggest day of the year for flower arrangements, here are some helpful tips in making sure your flowers stay beautiful as long as possible!

February 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - 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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