This past February and now March are looking be unseasonably warm. This is causing the plants in your landscape to break dormancy early. I have had a lot of questions about trees and flowers with concerns about what will happen if we get another hard freeze this year. Below is an article from Ward Upham that describes what is going on with your plants and what can happen if we get a cold snap later this spring.
You would have to have been living in a bubble to be unaware of the fires that swept across over 20 Kansas Counties and Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas this past week. And these are in addition to the major grass fires from last spring. Media has reported the devastation and the why – howling winds that changed direction, low humidity, and a great deal of fuel due to last summer's rains. But what exactly is the connection between fire and the prairie.
A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met on Feb. 13-14, in Topeka for the first installment of the 2017 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is again partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.
Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.
Cool season grasses such as Fescue are some of the most popular turf in the state. There are specific chores that you can do to help ensure that your lawn looks its very best. The following suggestions are for cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue. Zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and buffalograss are warm-season grasses and require a different maintenance regime and will be covered at a later time.
With all the "heavy" and concerning news across the board and in agriculture, maybe something a little less serious, a bit fun, and accidentally educational is in order. There are many terms in agriculture and around food production. Some still in common use while some are a bit archaic. Let's just tackle a few of them see how they came about and what they mean.
Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches. Deciduous shrubs are those that lose their leaves each ...
As this is being written, the drought monitor update for the past week hasn't been released. It will likely look the same as last week with a doughnut hole of sorts for North Central, Northeast and South Central Kansas in pretty good shape but with that area shrinking as more abnormally dry conditions creep in. The western third of Kansas is in moderate drought with severe drought expanding in Southwest Kansas. Above normal temperatures will work to deplete soil moisture. Wheat is greening up and ready for spring. So what does the Spring/Summer forecast look like? Where is ...
February 25, 2017|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
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 a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...
With the start of a new Congress and Administration in Washington along with the start of a new session in Topeka, much of the discussion always seems to turn to the need for "good" jobs and education. With education the discussion naturally gravitates towards the high cost of four-year institutions and the debt accumulated by students and their families for a degree, if they even actually graduate. So how does that relate to agriculture?
February 18, 2017|
Dr. Victor L. Martin