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The Importance of Weight and Measures in Agriculture (Part I)

First, let's update the drought monitor. As of Tuesday only small parts of the state were rated as abnormally dry, even with the heat of the previous week and not counting any precipitation over the last five days. Now, why discuss today's topic? Sound kind of dull doesn't it? Believe it or not the science of weighing and measuring, metrology, is vital in all aspects of your life and no more so than in the area of agriculture. Barton Community College is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture providing continuing education and testing for the scale ...

July 30, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances for rain. We cope with heat through air-conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, finding shade, and sweating. But have you ever wondered how crop plants cope with excessive temperatures or why plants wilt? They can't hide or sweat but within limits they have very effective coping mechanisms. Please keep in mind this is the Readers' Digest version.

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some may see a 10 -15 percent savings. On the average food bill, this could mean $600 - $1,000 a year.

July 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled with low grain prices, the Posted County Price has been below the Barton County Loan rate of 3.14, triggering LDPs.

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Land is sacred

Almost every farmer or rancher has said this in one way or another, "My life begins with the land."

July 09, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Crop producers should look out for potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms and fall armyworms

As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, K-State Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas. Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Leaf scorch

I have had many calls lately with concern over leaves on trees turning brown at the edges. Much of the time, this is attributed to our erratic weather we have been experiencing lately. I found a short column by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture expert that explains leaf scorch a little more, as well as a few tips to help your tree recover from the damage.

July 09, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Chinese sorghum buyers visit Lyons while in Kansas

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of high-volume Chinese sorghum buyers was in Kansas this summer as part of a tour aimed at further developing and strengthening relationships between Chinese sorghum buyers and U.S. suppliers. One of their stops was in Lyons.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture and Labels

After the last week it is likely safe to say the area has received its fair share of moisture which hurt finishing up wheat harvest but is certainly a boon for summer crops (and weeds), pastures, and wildlife. Also today, the Barton County Fair wraps up so everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to put it on and/or participating, especially the 4-H participants and their parents. A significant topic currently in agriculture is labelling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products and content labelling in general. This column has previously discussed at length GMOs so we will skip that.

July 09, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fair

It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.

July 02, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Using technology responsibly

The conversations are endless. Consumers want and some demand to know the origin, safety and nutrition contained in the food they eat or feed to ...

August 27, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cool season lawns

Now is the time to start preparing your cool season lawn for a variety of things. Whether you need to thicken your turf up, just ...

August 27, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 98th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau was honored with the presence of Kansas Farm Bureau President, Rich Felt and his wife, Shirley at their Annual Picnic and ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What Business Are Farmers and Ranchers Really In?

An unsettled weather pattern and a stalled cold front have led to rains and cooler temperatures. While this isn't a general overall event, many ...

August 27, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Sugarcane Aphid Field Day, August 22nd

The SCA has been confirmed in at least 10 counties in Kansas and the latest ones are Barton and Ellis Counties. To assist farmers in ...

August 20, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Preparing For Wheat Planting

In less than six weeks, the 2017 wheat crop is going in the ground. Even sooner for those planning on grazing wheat. You have probably ...

August 20, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Back to school with good food

With school starting across Kansas this unfortunately can mean the return of unhealthy lunches which can certainly be labeled as fast food, most of which ...

August 20, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Grower and Extension collaboration yields production and management success for Kansas tomato grower

There is an old adage that things tend to skip generations. That is the case for Todd Griggs, who is now growing tomatoes and other ...

August 20, 2016 | Jean Stramel | Agriculture


Top three time-saving advantages using NRCS’ Conservation Client Gateway

SALINA – Farmers put in long days. Driving to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office every time paperwork needs to be signed is not ...

August 19, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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