Each spring and early summer in Kansas, fields of golden wheat stretch their friendly wave to passers-by, providing stunning evidence of the state's historical supremacy in wheat production and research.
Normally by now, it wouldn't be unusual for area producers to be getting ready to turn out cattle on wheat and rye pasture, especially south of here and under irrigation. Wheat is behind where we would like it to be for the third week of October. Wheat is just emerging, or has emerged and is slowly starting to develop. Normally producers wouldn't be too happy but this isn't a "normal" year. When you consider the summer heat and drought just past and continuing, the wheat looks pretty good. Most received enough moisture for germination and emergence, cooler ...
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Before getting to today's topic, let's discuss the weather a bit. The area received beneficial rains of 1.5 inches or so. The rain couldn't have fallen any more perfectly and seasonable temperatures should get most wheat off to a good start. Unfortunately the forecast is slim on the chance of rain so temperatures need to stay cool and it would help if winds weren't too strong. But at least we stand a chance now.
Gregory C. Bauer Supervisory District Conservationist
Women involved in agriculture are invited to the fall 2011 Women in Ag educational session on Nov. 3, in Salina. Topic for the session will be Crops, Cows and Cash Flows - What Does It all Mean?
There really isn't much to add to the winter wheat planting conversation except that maybe Friday and Saturday some beneficial rains actually fell. Instead of beating the same old drum, let's discuss something a little different. One of the hardest things to convince students majoring in some aspect of agriculture is that they know a lot more than they think. This is true for most of us. We learn from observing, making mistakes, doing our jobs, and reasoning things out. This is especially true of students growing up on a family farm. While helping and listening they possess ...
MANHATTAN – The Young Farmers & Ranchers of Kansas Farm Bureau are taking advantage of a captive audience of NASCAR fans from throughout the Midwest this weekend to share the good word about family farming, ranching and rural living.
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Owners of the top animals received auction premiums at the 79th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), while other exhibitors were presented scholarships. The event, held Sept.23-26 in Wichita, featured 656 youth from 89 counties showing 1,234 head of livestock.
The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture have been awarded a grant of more than $505,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade and Export Promotion Grants Program (STEP). This award was announced today at Governor Brownback's Economic Summit on Animal Agriculture in Garden City.
Not all wheat varieties are created equal in terms of nitrogen use. Research from Kansas State University is examining the nature of those differences and how appropriate management can improve agricultural efficiency.
Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced that the application evaluation cutoff date will be, Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Vernon DeWerff was grateful for the help of second and third generation DeWerff dairymen, for it allowed him to continue exhibiting Holstein cattle at the Kansas State Fair. Known to be far and above the longest exhibitor of Holsteins at the state fair, if not the longest running exhibitor in Kansas, Vernon and his family enjoyed his 69th year of exhibiting livestock at the state fair in Hutchinson this past week. And a special day it was on "show day", Sept. 12th in the Prairie Pavilion. Aside from winning three classes on the day, the culmination was being named Premier ...
The latest drought monitor map came out Thursday and as most expected the news isn't good. So where are we?
As the lights dimmed and the images flickered on the screen, the movie audience stepped into the lives of young farmers and ranchers as they took on the tasks of running their families' operations. No wannabe Bogarts or Bacalls, just honest-to-goodness people who work the land.
As the weather begins to warm, and the crops in the field begin to grow, insects start their annual migration into Kansas or come out of their winter hiding places to feast upon the new growth. One such insect that is making its presence felt across Kansas is the army cutworm. The following piece is from the agronomy department for K-State Research and Extension with some information about the army cutworm and the threshold for various crops for possible treatment.
It is corn planting season in Kansas and the Kansas Corn Commission is again reminding growers to "Know Before You Grow." Through the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) website growers can view information on the release of new seed varieties, policy stances, biotech traits and grower agreements. The site, "Know Before Your Grow," is designed to help growers have a better understanding of the type of corn they're growing and the needs of their customers.
There is a lot going on this time of year in the world of agriculture. From preparing for and planting spring crops to attending the annual Farm and Ranch Expo this past week. Cattle producers have their own set challenges as we head into spring. Today's column is a brief update of where the winter wheat crop is as of today.
Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.
Tornadoes in Kansas this spring?
State Conservationist Eric B. Banks for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the extension of the cutoff date to April 18, for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI). Even though CCPI is no longer a program under the 2014 Farm Bill, NRCS will honor existing CCPI agreements through fiscal year 2014. The CCPI provides financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to owners and operators of agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestlands.
The registration date for the annual Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour is coming up soon. The tour, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, assesses the condition and yield potential of the hard winter wheat crop across the state of Kansas.
There has been a great deal of activity this year in Topeka on a variety of environmental issues. Three receiving press are the status of the Greater Prairie Chicken, the possible abolition of the State's Conservation Plan, and the repeal of the standards mandating how much energy in Kansas should come from renewable sources. These as well as other issues have provoked strong reactions on both sides of the spectrum and sometimes resulted in rather unusual coalitions. The issue under discussion this week isn't which side is right or wrong but how these issues are viewed.
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