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Planting fruit trees

If you're pondering buying a fruit tree, here are some comments from the K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department on ones that are commonly grown in Kansas. Fruit trees are a long-term investment requiring careful thought before purchase. Begin by choosing fruit you will eat, not fruit that appears attractive in the catalog. Other considerations are outlined below. For more choices, go to the publication "Small- and Tree-Fruit Cultivars" at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF1028.pdf. You may also request this publication from me at the Barton County K-State Research and Extension office.

February 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Registration open for Kansas Rural Center “Women in Farming” risk management education workshop

Registration is open for the first in a series of four "women only" Women in Farming Risk Management Education workshops to be hosted by the Kansas Rural Center during the spring and summer of 2015. All four of the workshops in KRC's "Women in Farming" series will highlight the opportunities and the challenges women face as they implement new enterprises on existing farms, begin farming or take over family operations, or just try to adopt new practices and enterprises with their families.

February 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Getting the Truth Out In Agriculture

We are told we live in the age of information and have for at least several decades. Information, specifically access to information, is an asset as valuable as money. "Knowledge is power" is a slogan used in advertising and is first attributed to Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Governments spend billions of dollars annually gathering information on almost everything imaginable. Information, or lack thereof, has decided the fates of nations, the success of companies, and having necessary information is vital to all of us in our everyday lives. Through formal education, on the job training, connections with others, or trial ...

February 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS announces National Initiatives for 2015

Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of March 20, to apply for 2015 initiatives funding.

February 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Soil Issues

Though soil tests are useful for identifying nutrient deficiencies as well as soil pH, they do not tell the whole story. The KSRE Soils Lab often receive soils from gardeners that are having a difficult time growing crops even though the soil test shows the pH is fine and nutrients are not deficient. Here are some factors that can affect plant growth that are not due to nutrient deficiencies or pH.

February 15, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


No eggs for breakfast?

The egg is in hot water again thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD), these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of "those dirty rotten eggs."

February 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


K-State Research and Extension offering Family and Youth Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering family and youth events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.

February 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


K-State’s 102nd Annual Cattlemen’s Day planned March 6

Kansas State University's 102nd Annual Cattlemen's Day will be held on Friday, March 6, in Weber Hall in Manhattan.

February 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Stop fowl play

Voluntary conservation plans are talked about in coffee shops, schools, after church, in meeting rooms and just about every place else in Kansas. Landowners, farmers, ranchers, home owners and builders see such measures as a way to protect land, wildlife and valuable water resources but also as a way to keep them in business.

February 08, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA accepting applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners should submit applications by February 27, 2015, to ensure they are considered for this year's funding.

February 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Whacky Winter Weather and Wheat

Today, the temperature is supposed to be around 70. Last week low temperatures were in the single digits and the week before record highs in the eighties were reached. Naturally this weather rollercoaster has spurred discussion about the condition of the winter wheat crop and its status. Has the wheat broken dormancy? Was the wheat damaged by the temperature swings? Were wheat stands reduced? To answer these questions, it's helpful to review what winterhardiness is and how it works.

February 08, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Prescribed fire workshop to be held at the Pratt County Fairgrounds

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, in conjunction with the Kanas Prescribed Fire Council, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, Pratt County Conservation District, and K-State Research and Extension, is hosting a prescribed fire workshop focusing on reasons to burn CRP and rangeland, weather conditions for safe burning, and ways to reduce the risk of fire escapes. The workshop will be held at the Pratt County Fairgrounds 4-H Center on Wednesday, Feb. 25th. Registration cost for the workshop is $10 per person. This will be due the day of the workshop and will be payable by cash or check.

February 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Starting garden transplants from seed

February is often a cold and dreary month for many gardeners. However, planning for and starting vegetables and flower transplants from seed can make this a much more interesting time of year. Following are the steps needed to be successful in seed starting.

February 08, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


In a flash – conditions can develop quickly for grain dust explosions

We've seen the impact they can cause – grain dust explosions sparked when certain conditions come together to create a combustible situation. And those conditions can develop much faster than many know, according to a Kansas State University grain scientist.

February 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau honors tradition dnd heritage of family farms

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.

February 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


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Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry products

A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products.

March 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pest insects, diseases

Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems - or UAS - as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.

March 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


Virtual Kansas Dairy Farm tour goes live on YouTube

In celebration of Ag Day and Ag Month, the agricultural organizations in Kansas partnered together to launch a virtual tour of a dairy farm. The video, which has been posted on the KSRE YouTube channel, features a Kansas dairy farm and can be used as an educational tool for classrooms and organizations statewide.

March 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


The Soil Environment – Soil Acidity Conclusion

Over the last few weeks this column has explored what acidity is, what determined the native (original) soil pH condition present, and how agricultural practices have affected soil pH over time. This week wraps this up and discusses how producers can adjust soil pH to optimize crop production. Remember for the crops common to our area the optimal pH is approximately 6.3 to 7.3 and acid soils have pH readings lower than 7 while basic soils are above 7. While soils in our area may have pH readings in the 8 range, typically they aren't like the ...

March 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Prairie fire

The smell and sight of spring burning on the Flint Hills evoked this childhood memory.

March 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo

As I was glancing at my calendar today, I realized that April is almost here. This year is really flying by! With the start of April, we will have the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo out at the Expo grounds just west of Great Bend. The 3 day event will have programs, vendors, and a chance to meet up and see what's new in farming and ranching. Together with K-State Research and Extension, Kansas Farm Management, and the Kansas Forest service, we will be giving informative lunch time programs at noon every day in Expo 3, so come ...

March 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. However, during the last couple of decades, it's become a marketing opportunity.

March 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The Soil Environment – Soil Acidity Part 3

column discusses how soil acidity changes as producers have managed it for crop production since Kansas was settled. We will focus on were soil pH started, how converting the land to crop production changed pH, and the role of evolving cultural practices. It may be helpful to refer to the previous two columns.

March 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


K-State Agricultural Economist following avian influenza developments

News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.

March 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Ten Rules for Planting Trees

Since the approval of the Community Orchard, I have been spending time researching and planning how to start the process. We decided on a date to get our young trees into the ground, so to celebrate, I thought I would share with you ten rules for planting trees. Our plant date for the orchard is Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. if you are interested in helping get this community project started. You can call the Extension office at 620-793-1910 for more information. We hope to see you there!

March 15, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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