Challenges facing ranchers and feeders in the nation's capital will be highlighted during the Aug. 21 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Fitzsimmons Land & Cattle near Cunningham. The Dean and Jerree Fitzsimmons and Gary and Mary Fitzsimmons families own and operate this diversified beef cattle and crop farm in eastern Pratt County. The Fitzsimmons have a commercial spring-calving cowherd and background their calves prior to selling them in the spring. In addition, they raise wheat, milo, alfalfa and silage to complement the beef cattle enterprise.
Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC has filed an application to direct current high capacity transmission line through Barton, Pawnee and Russell Counties. All landowners and concerned citizens are invited to a one-hour informational meeting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road.
Before today's topic, let's briefly update the area's drought status. Remember this is through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug.13. The no drought area has moved into the eastern third or so of the county (and even in to Stafford County). The abnormally dry area is the middle third and the western quarter is in moderate drought. And this doesn't reflect any rains after 7 a.m. this past Tuesday. Last year at this time we were pretty much at the highest or next to highest drought severity rating. What a difference a year makes.
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is active in the fight against a widespread canine infectious disease that also can spread to humans.
With the recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding in our area, be on the lookout for an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes require still water ponds or pools to lay their eggs and develop. A female will lay eggs every third night of her life span of several weeks. Females lay their eggs into water making a small "egg raft" of 100 to 300 eggs that will hatch into larvae that feed on the microorganisms in the water. The second stage is a non-feeding pupa from which the adult then develops. This can take from 7-10 days for the cycle to ...
New, prospective, wheat varieties were discussed at the Kansas Seed Industry Conference last week as farmers prepare to begin planting. The annual meeting allowed industry leaders to determine the availability of certified seed and discuss the varieties producers anticipate using in the future.
First, let's take a quick look at the area's drought status. Please remember, this is only through August 6 and doesn't include rain after that. Believe it or not none of the area moved totally out of drought status, however, only the SE quarter is rated as severe drought. No part of Barton is any longer in the extreme category. The rest of the county, except, the NE corner is rated as moderate drought. The NE corner is now simply considered abnormally dry. With the added rains since the 6th and the relatively moderate temperatures, further easing ...
The issue of safe, healthy food is in the news once again. While the majority of this nation's food is healthy and safe to eat, food remains deeply entrenched in family values.
When I was a young child, I used to be in amazement on how my uncle or mother were able to go out to the garden and pick the best melon for dessert out of all of the fruit growing. What was the secret that they alone knew to go out amongst what at that time I felt was hundreds of melons (I bet there were no more than 15 or 20) and pick the one that would be perfect at the time when we would eat it. Well, now that I am older, I am better about which melon ...
In June of this year, a 37-year-old Stanton County farmer died inside a grain cart while preparing for wheat harvest. A tarp (containing a metal rod) in the grain cart blew up and touched an over-head power line electrocuting him.
The American Royal Association and Kansas State University Olathe are looking for the best-tasting steak and are inviting beef producers from across the nation to submit rib-eye steaks for the competition.
The U.S. grain marketing system is unmatched and transparent. Yet it can be complicated. This is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) maintains 17 offices strategically located around the world to pave the way for U.S. export growth.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, late Thursday night was selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with ironing out the differences in the Senate and House passed Farm Bills.
Hundred degree days coupled with 30-40 mile-per-hour winds and little moisture spells crop and pastureland failure for western Kansas. It's like putting the corn and grass in a giant outdoor oven and turning a fan on.
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and the Kansas Beef Council are partnering to host seven advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions throughout Kansas during August and September. The beef checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety. The training sessions will be led by Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD; Chris Reinhardt, PhD; and Dave Rethorst, DVM; all of the Beef Cattle Institute.
Agricultural Experiment Station researchers on campus and at centers around the state conduct studies in nearly all areas of agricultural production for K-State Research and Extension.
Agriculture is losing producers. No one will argue that point, but larger, more efficient producers are replacing those lost in this highly competitive industry.
Spring is just around the corner, and many people I know are experiencing cabin fever. Just as many people want to get out and stretch after a long cold winter, your potted plants are also beginning to respond to the longer days by starting to grow. This means that it may be time to repot your house plants to give them more room. I found an article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department on how to repot your houseplants. This will give them more room and allow them to be a healthier plant, and give you something to ...
When most people think of soils in terms of plant growth, they consider soil moisture, how hard or loose the soil is for plants to grow through and the nutrient status of the soil. Too often, whether in production agriculture or not, one factor is often overlooked. This factor plays a role in all aspects of the soil environment. That factor is soil acidity which plays a huge role directly and indirectly in plant growth. This week's column starts the examination of what soil acidity is with following columns devoted to its effects on the soil as a plant ...
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, met with United States Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about priorities for the 114th Congress.
Every spring, the ritual continues. Farmers, stockmen and landowners continue to use fire as a range management tool while maintaining the economic viability of the Flint Hills.
The latest Drought Monitor Update (February 17) indicates almost the entire state is at least abnormally dry. Most of Barton County falls in this category except for the extreme southern section. South into Stafford and west into Pawnee Counties the shortage increases to moderate drought. As you move south towards the border and to Southwest and West Central Kansas the severity increases to severe with a small area rated as extreme drought. This is in spite of slightly above average precipitation experienced in the Barton area over the last several weeks.
A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.
If you're pondering buying a fruit tree, here are some comments from the K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department on ones that are commonly grown in Kansas. Fruit trees are a long-term investment requiring careful thought before purchase. Begin by choosing fruit you will eat, not fruit that appears attractive in the catalog. Other considerations are outlined below. For more choices, go to the publication "Small- and Tree-Fruit Cultivars" at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF1028.pdf. You may also request this publication from me at the Barton County K-State Research and Extension office.
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