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Moderation and variety

The key to a healthy diet today is to eat a variety of foods including grains, milk, vegetables, meat and fruits – all in moderation. Each of us needs to make smart choices about when we eat and how much.

May 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Input sought for wheat research

Kansas State University researchers need your help to complete research on wheat management strategies. K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) has joined the Kansas Wheat Commission to learn from wheat producers around Kansas.

May 05, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture – a language of its own

Before today's topic we can take a moment to celebrate some rain. Depending on where you live in the area, rainfall over the last two weeks totaled between one and two inches. So what did that do to our drought status? Nothing really. The latest map is as of Tuesday, April 24 but even if you include the rain after that date, the area is still in the depths of an extreme drought. The rains have helped provide surface soil moisture but the subsoil is still extremely dry in most areas and it won't take much heat and ...

April 28, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fertilize in May

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.

April 28, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


They will survive

When you think of Kansas farmers and ranchers the words resilience and resolve come to mind. This is especially true as they look another year of drought squarely in the face.

April 28, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Another weather and agriculture column

This column is being written Friday so hopefully the promised rainfall has occurred by the time you read this. One last column, hopefully, for a while regarding crops and agriculture. First, let's discuss the cold weather/stormy conditions of the last weekend.

April 21, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat freeze

The weekend of April 14-16 brought, once again, cold temperatures that have potential to cause freeze injury to the 2018 wheat crop. Factors that influence the potential for freeze injury to wheat at any point in time include primarily:

April 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Critical thinking

Lack of understanding and critical thinking on the part of some in the environmental movement has compromised their effectiveness as self-appointed protector and guardian of our planet.

April 21, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Treat this old world right

When it comes to protecting the land and improving the environment, farmers continue to lead the way and do their part. As this nation celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers and ranchers remain committed to protecting the environment using modern conservation and tillage practices.

April 14, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Controlling henbit

Spring is here even though Mother Nature does not always seem to agree. The trees are beginning to leaf out, flowers are beginning to bloom, and of course, the weeds are trying to get a head start on your lawn. One of the most common questions I get every year, is what is the weed with the purple flowers, and how do I get rid of it? Well, the weed most likely is called henbit, and I have some bad news for you. You can't really eliminate it in the spring.

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Summer crops and the weather

No changes to report on the drought front except that there are indications the La Nina seems to be weakening and that could eventually lead to a return of more normal precipitation patterns. Unfortunately it will take more than normal rainfall to significantly eliminate drought conditions. The smattering of precipitation starting to happen is one indication of this. Last week discussed the effects of the cold and dry on the wheat crop. This week, let's consider the weather and our summer crops – corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, and alfalfa. We will take them in reverse order.

April 14, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The importance of a preemergence herbicide program for row crops

Difficult weeds, especially glyphosate-resistant weeds, are controlled most consistently with soil-applied herbicides which kill germinating seeds/seedlings. Much of the resistance to glyphosate has developed from over-reliance on postemergence herbicide applications for weed control. Thus it is essential to include one or more of the preplant and preemergence residual herbicides available for summer row crops. The specific herbicide you use, although important, is usually less important than just making the decision to use a preplant or preemergence herbicide.

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Summer crops and winter wheat

The drought hasn't lessened with the area in extreme drought and the outlook isn't promising. As if that wasn't enough to worry about, the area has experienced well below freezing air temperatures (the low 20s) for an extended period of time twice in the last week which while not rare is certainly uncommon for the first week of April. So what does this mean for the 2018 wheat crop? As is almost always the case, there isn't a cut and dry answer.

April 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Small farms finding success with specialty crops and agritourism

For Joe and Jay Schwinn, learning how to make farming profitable was so easy, and so successful, that it was like taking candy from a baby. At the time, they were practically babies themselves. Joe was 6 and Jay 9, but they had a fairly good idea of how it worked - you grow produce (in their father's case, cantaloupes), you deliver it to the customer, the customer pays you money.

April 07, 2018 | By Tom Parker | Agriculture


Control grassy sandbur

Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls into the office about weed control, mainly grassy sandburs. If you had sandburs last year, now would be a good time to control them. I found an article from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department that gives you some tips on how to get rid of this troublesome weed.

April 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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USDA designates Kansas counties as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Some steps to prepare for weed control in your alfalfa

Are weeds showing up in your new alfalfa? If they get thick, your alfalfa will suffer. Check your fields today after listening to some options ...

May 21, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The differences between grasses andbBroadleaves – Part I

First, more beneficial rainfall in spots this week to go along with last week. Unfortunately parts of Western and South Central Kansas received damaging hail ...

May 19, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get ...

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential ...

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across ...

May 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The frugal farmer

First, more beneficial rainfall this week to go along with last week. Did the Drought Monitor reflect much change (remember this is as of Tuesday ...

May 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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