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Farmers team with KWO ad K-State to present field days

Technology keeps evolving to help crop producers make every drop of water count on the fields. To demonstrate the latest in crop irrigation technology, farmers in numerous counties are teaming with the Kansas Water Office and Kansas State University to present Water Technology Field Days in several locations in August.

August 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KDA launches drought assistance initiative

MANHATTAN - The Division of Conservation at the Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the availability of funds to assist landowners with their efforts to mitigate the impact of drought. The Livestock Water Supply Financial Assistance Initiative will provide financial assistance for livestock water supply wells, pipeline and tanks installed after June 1 and before the announcement of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Initiative by NRCS on July 24.

August 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Mid-summer control of volunteer wheat

Where volunteer wheat has emerged, producers should begin control measures as soon as possible, rather than waiting until closer to wheat planting time. This is especially important on fields where wheat was hailed out and volunteer wheat emerged at the time of harvest, or shortly afterward.

August 06, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Rotational grazing

As of Jan. 1, 2018, Kansas was the 6th top producer of beef in the nation. Most of the cattle spend a majority of their lives on grass in our native pastures. But as a rancher, are you taking care of your grass for optimal production? Many producers practice continuous grazing for the management of their pastures. This consists of allowing the livestock to selectively choose what forage they want to eat in a large pasture over an entire growing season. Sometimes, the struggle to ensure that your livestock have forage all winter long can be a challenge, especially in ...

August 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


A career or a job?

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Again, nothing after 8 a.m. this past Tuesday is included. The biggest change is the bullseye of extreme and exceptional drought in Northeast Kansas and part of Southeast Kansas has expanded and the area of exceptional drought expanded a bit. Our area is relatively unchanged and much of Northwest and a substantial portion of Southwest Kansas are not even abnormally dry. The moderate temperatures most of the past week slowed down corn grain fill which should help yields. Reports across the state indicate the 2018 corn crop is well ahead ...

August 04, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Does extension matter anymore?

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Again, nothing after 8 a.m. this past Tuesday is included. The biggest change is the bullseye of extreme and exceptional drought in Northeast Kansas and part of Southeast Kansas. Our area is relatively unchanged and much of Northwest and a substantial portion of Southwest Kansas are no even abnormally dry. The rain late last week combined with moderate temperatures may ease conditions reported in this Thursday's report. One other note is in order. These relatively moderate temperatures expected this week and the previous week should slow down grain fill ...

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


Tree leaf loss addressed

Lately, there have been many calls into the Extension office about trees. The warm, dry winter we experienced and the hot summer we have now have really taken a toll, and many are beginning to lose their leaves prematurely. While most of the trees will leaf out normally next year, having an idea on what is wrong, and if the tree is still alive is important to know.

July 28, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


30 years of plant data recognized in scientific reports

A collaboration between Kansas State University and DuPont Pioneer Agronomy analyzing 30 years of corn plant population responses shows that as agronomic optimum plant density increased, the range for maximizing yields also widened.

July 28, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS provides assistance to producers in drought areas

SALINA - Gaye L. Benfer, acting Kansas State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced this week that NRCS is offering technical and financial assistance to producers in Kansas suffering from ongoing drought conditions. Drought recovery funding assistance is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Drought Initiative.

July 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS encourages producers to assess contingency plans during drought

SALINA - While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas in Kansas continue to worsen. Recently, Governor Jeff Colyer updated the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with Executive Order 18-16. The update declares all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning, or watch status. This order places nearly half of Kansas counties in an emergency drought status.

July 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Inspiration found in the simplest things

Just as the sun rises each morning, Kansas farmers and ranchers begin each day dedicated to providing food and providing the best for their families. Simultaneously, and with each new generation, non-farm folks become further and further removed from the farm.

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


Ever seen field dodder?

With vast geographic distribution and a plethora of vulnerable host plants, the irregular looking field dodder (Cuscuta campestris) is one of the most widespread and most harmful pests among the flowering parasitic plants. Field dodder can easily become a problem in flower gardens, vegetable gardens (e.g. tomato, sweet pepper, potatoes and cabbage), or possibly even show up in greenhouse crops. The most devastating damage, however, comes from field dodder outbreaks in newly-established perennial legume crops (alfalfa, clover, etc.), which are generally the preferred hosts of this plant species.

July 28, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Agriculture


USDA authorizes emergency grazing

Manhattan – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director David Schemm today announced the additional authorization of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice CP25 (continuous practice) acres for emergency grazing only, for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 through Sept. 30. This authorization covers the same 44 counties prewviously authorized for emergency haying and grazing on other CRP practices. A map of currently authorized counties can be found on the Kansas FSA webpage, www.fsa.usda.gov/ks.

July 23, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Enjoy bread

While the 2018 wheat harvest remains fresh in the minds of Kansans, it's worth remembering civilization has been directly linked to the cultivation of grain. When primitive man first learned he could grow wheat during the summer, store it for winter food and use the leftover wheat to plant in the spring, he realized he could settle in one place.

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


Smoky Hills Public Television receives Department of Commerce Award

BUNKER HILL – Smoky Hills Public Television received an award from the Kansas Department of Commerce at the Russell County Commission meeting on July 16. The award is part of the Commerce Department's Business Appreciation Month.

July 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Ag and society - Pt. 1

First as usual, a drought update is in order and it will be brief. The state is essentially the same as last week. Remember any ...

August 20, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Sugarcan aphid

Sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed in Barton County. Scouting fields early will help determine the need for an insecticide application before losses occur. Treating ...

August 18, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Drought declarations updated in Kansas counties

TOPEKA - While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of the state, especially eastern Kansas, continue to worsen.

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pre-plant wheat school offered for local farmers

A Pre-Plant Wheat School will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the American Ag Credit building, 5634 10th Street ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Develop dialogue

More often than we'd like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ...

August 18, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat code finally cracked; wheat genome sequence will bring stronger wheat varieties to farmers

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, have published in the international journal Science a detailed description of ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Red or white?

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Again, nothing after 8 a.m. this past Tuesday is included. Not much has changed with ...

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


Cover crops

Corn and beans harvested early can leave your ground bare for seven to nine months. Instead, let's plant some crops to grow and cover ...

August 11, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


CRP enrollment deadling

WASHINGTON - Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau teaching award

Hoisington Middle School teacher Karisa Cowen is one of three teachers to win the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture 2019 Excellence in Teaching award ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The old red barn (ain’t what she used to be)

When I was a youngster, one of my favorite places to play was my Uncle Joe and Aunt Anna's red barn. My Uncle Bernie ...

August 11, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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