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November fertilize

Fall chores for the landscape are finally wrapping up for the year, but there are still a few items on the list. If you have a cool- season lawn, November is a good time to fertilize the turf for the winter hardiness and a quicker green up in the spring. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert talks about the method below.

November 08, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 1 - Humidity

As the old say goes, "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." For those in agriculture it should be changed to "but farmers and ranchers live it." Fall harvest is wrapping up. Almost all of the 2016 wheat crop is in the ground and much of the area has experienced freezing temperatures at least briefly. We have access to and are bombarded with weather forecasts and data through all types of media. But how many of us really know where these facts and figures come from and what the terminology means? And those in agriculture, especially ...

November 08, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Student teachers learn about agriculture

Inside the Kansas State University classroom all eyes were riveted on the guest speakers. By the end of the two, one-hour training sessions the future teachers were well equipped to tell the story of the state's number one industry.

November 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers studying ways to combat deadly swine virus

Kansas State University is flexing its research muscle in swine nutrition and grain science in hopes of taking out a deadly virus that is said to have a 100 percent mortality rate in piglets less than 7 days old.

November 01, 2015 | | Agriculture


Houseplant care

By now, most houseplants should be inside for the colder winter months. Did you know that acclimating them to their new environment is important to their overall health and wellbeing? By slowly moving them to their winter home, you will help your plants stay healthy overall for the colder, low sun months of being indoors. I found a column from Ward Upham that explains a little bit about one reason it is important to go slowly when moving your plants from their summer spot to their winter one. On Nov. 4, I will be speaking about houseplant care throughout the ...

November 01, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Is a Career In Agriculture For You?

Not so very long ago choosing a career was fairly easy, especially before the Industrial Revolution. The majority of Americans lived and worked on farms and were involved in some aspect of producing food, fiber, and fuel. Sons often followed in their fathers' footsteps. Women's choices were even more limited than men's. Go back a bit further and careers were typically passed down from father to son. Many of our common surnames such as Smith, Cooper, Miller, even Wainwright, reflected the profession of the male members of the family.

November 01, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers to receive documentation of USDA Services

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

October 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding in Kansas

Kansas agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Kansas NRCS State Conservationist Eric B. Banks announced that Nov. 20, will be the deadline.

October 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


Fall Weather

Speak with many older farmers and almost all of them mention how unusual this fall's weather has been. Since this is Kansas, most of us consider unusual weather usual, however, this year's fall weather has been extreme so far. How extreme has it been and potentially mean for crop and livestock producers?

October 25, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Family farm

It seems people outside agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. In our contemporary society this means people two, three or four generations removed from the land live in sprawling suburbia.

October 18, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


No Till Cover Crop Field Day planned for October 28

The Golden Belt Residue Management Alliance is hosting a No Till Cover Crop Field Day starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28th. This event will start in the field located ½ mile north of Rush Center, located in Rush County on the Jamie Holopirek Farm.

October 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


Women on the farm program

Do farm families actually retire? What are our financial needs as we age? What role does Social Security have in our financial soundness? How do we afford health care and what are our options as we progress through life? How can the farm as a business provide health care coverage for my family and possibly a hired hand?

October 18, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Laws of Thermodynamics

The annual Jack Kilby Science Day was this past Thursday at Barton Community College. High school students from all over the area were exposed to a variety of topics including agriculture. There are many ways to explain what agriculture is and what it entails. While it may seem a little bit out there, agriculture can be described using the first two laws of thermodynamics. First what are these laws, with apologies to physicists, and second how do they relate to production agriculture?

October 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Healthy choice

No doubt you've noticed all the soft drinks, flavored water and sports drinks today. They're everywhere.

October 11, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


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Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

Today's column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit ...

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Sugarcane aphid reported in Kansas

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in Sumner County. Sorghum producers in Kansas should begin scouting their fields on a routine basis. More ...

August 05, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wear a hat for safety in the sun

My dermatologist recently shared with me a list of five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ...

August 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agriculture: Short-Term versus Long-Term Gain: Part I

Today's column is in the form of a two-part story. Hopefully it will demonstrate the danger in not thinking long-term and trying to identify ...

August 05, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat to stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Wheat Streak Mosaic was detrimental to the western Kansas wheat crop this year.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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