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Calving season tips: Increased energy management during extreme weather is crucial

Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also tend to bring on the most volatile and extreme cold periods, cold stress can add another level of needs to their energy requirements.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Praising Bossy

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.

January 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


National Science Foundation awards grant extension to continue development of high-throughput measur

The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase food production.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Winter bird feeding

Severe winter weather is not only hard on people but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Though birds also require water and shelter, food is often the resource most lacking during cold weather. Many different bird food mixes are available because various species often prefer different grains. However, there is one seed that has more universal appeal than any other: black oil sunflower. If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix. White proso millet is second in popularity and is the favorite of dark-eyed ...

January 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Conserving Resources for the Future

This is the time of year when awards are given for those working to conserve the most valuable resource in agriculture – the soil. Hopefully you had the opportunity to review the winners and articles recently in the Tribune. There are several categories of awards with the focus on protecting soil and providing habitat for wildlife. Many probably wonder why this matters. The answer is simple – even if you live in Manhattan, Kansas or New York, your life is impacted everyday by the soil and what it provides. It isn't an accident that banks help sponsor many of these awards ...

January 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


K-State Sorghum Production Schools set for early February

A series of four Kansas State University Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in early February to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Grassroot’s journalism

People in Kansas and across this country, depend on strong community journalism to keep them informed and connected to one another. In spite of all the inroads with social media, folks who live in rural communities across Kansas still rely on home-town newspapers.

January 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host four regional workshops in 2016 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Tree order forms

A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, the Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...

January 17, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau well represented at national meeting

Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) President Richard Felts was elected to a term on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) board of directors today during the AFBF annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Felts will represent the Midwest region on the board that includes 11 states.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau Safety Poster Program

Adults agree that child safety is an important topic; the trick is getting the kids to agree.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Surviving Hard Times – Part II

Last week's column addressed soil testing as a way to increase efficiency and optimize fertilizer input costs. This week will tackle other decisions producers make to wisely use inputs and manage the cost of inputs. Those not involved in production agriculture sometimes don't really understand that as much time goes into planning, book and record keeping, and managing finances as goes into the actual production of crops.

January 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Two-room school

One of the misfortunes of progress in education is the demise of the small country school. As I look back on all the attributes of attending a two-room school during the first eight years of my life, I wonder if we may have lost something we can never replace.

January 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Buying local firewood helps prevent spread of tree diseases

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) encourages Kansans who use firewood to heat their homes to consider using local firewood to help prevent the spread of tree diseases and pests.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee to meet in Lyons

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - 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 ...

February 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Barton County Farm Bureau gives schools DVD

Barton County Farm Bureau presented each of the county's High School Librarians with a copy of the DVD, Farmland, an in-depth documentary about the ...

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


Safeguarding U.S. wheat: Kansas State University researchers staying ahead of wheat blast disease

In the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Kansas State University $6.5 million to keep a wheat fungus that ...

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


Opportunity and Awareness In Agriculture

This past week, the Agriculture Department at Barton Community College was privileged to have members of our advisory board on campus for our twice yearly ...

February 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | 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 ...

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 ...

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


Soil Testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have ...

February 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Education and Agriculture: Traditional or Technical Education?

throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing ...

February 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Hoisington-native Wayne Stoskopf receives wheat leadership award

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, received awards for ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


A farmer’s creed

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like ...

February 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is ...

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events ...

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration ...

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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