The 84th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), sponsored by Cargill, again will set a record for entries, with 798 youth from 90 counties entering 2,063 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years, increasing by 200 head over last year's record numbers. The total includes 141 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 293 market hogs, 278 breeding gilts, 326 market lambs, 298 breeding ewes, 240 meat goats and 158 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 30 to October 2 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Nearly 400 leaders representing a variety of agricultural interests across the state of Kansas came together on Aug. 30, at the Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.
The Extension Master Gardener program through K-State Research and Extension is a valuable volunteer program that trades classroom hours of study with the experts in horticulture. In return, the Master gardeners give back to their communities with the knowledge they received. Two Master Gardeners for Barton County are Monica Bowers and Karen Morton of Great Bend. I asked them to write a little bit about their experiences in the program to share this week. You can also stop by the Brit Spaugh Zoo when you have a chance to see the beautiful results of all of their hard work! For ...
First, a very happy Labor Day to all. This weekend marks the end of summer and for those of us of a certain age, it's time to put away the white belts and shoes. For producers it signals that harvest of summer crops will soon be in full swing and wheat planting is near. This weekend celebrates and honors workers and their contribution to our country. Rather than dig deeply into an agricultural subject today, let's discuss labor and agriculture. And to make it a bit more interesting, the information is in the form of a multiple choice ...
September 03, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
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 general maintenance, or planning an entire new lawn, September is the time to take care of it if you have fescue or bluegrass. I found two short pieces from our Horticulture department that will help you make your lawn look great. If you need any more advice or help, you can always call the Extension office at 620-793-1910
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 areas have received significant and in some cases excessive rain. Great to fill sorghum heads and soybean pods while providing soil moisture for the 2017 wheat crop. The fall semester is upon Barton and a new class of freshman are acclimating to studying for a career in agriculture. One of the classes, Concepts for Agriculture, provides them with an overview of the basic sciences and their relationship to agriculture. Physics is the first science for ...
August 27, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
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 come to schools shipped in already prepared packaging. If you have or have had children in school, you know what I mean.
August 20, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
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 vegetables on the land where his grandparents once had a large truck garden and farm stand near Augusta, which they operated for decades. A good portion of the land was sold by them for development and is now engulfed by the city, but Griggs still has enough room for four high tunnels on the property.
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 learning more about this new pest to grain sorghum in Kansas, Extension agents in Barton, Ellis, Midway and Walnut Creek Extension Districts are hosting a field day on Monday, Aug. 22nd.
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 seen producers working fields or spraying to control weeds. However, there is so much more that goes into preparing for a wheat crop. Briefly, let's examine what producers should, and in many cases are, be doing. We will assume producers have pretty well located where they will plant and the acreage to be planted. Further let's assume a plan for weed control is in place and most know what varieties they will be ...
August 20, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
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 always productive. With Conservation Client Gateway, a producer can do most of their business with NRCS online. Farmers using Conservation Client Gateway find these three things to be the most advantageous for them.
August 19, 2016|
Special to the Tribune
Sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed in Barton County and many other counties in Kansas. Populations first reported in Sumner and Cowley counties have reached threshold levels (30% of plants infested with visible signs of honeydew on leaves) and are being treated with insecticides. Scouting fields early will help determine the need for an insecticide application before losses occur. Treating too soon may increase the need for additional insecticide treatments later, as populations can rebound based on immigration events. Scout often, as densities can change quickly. Report any infestations in new counties to your local agent or using http://myFields ...