Kansas farmers' markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers' markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with more revenue and more high-quality food choices.
Record high calf prices and projected cow-calf profitability have many producers considering expansion. Selecting, feeding and breeding the right replacement heifers could have a large impact on future profits.
In the early 1950s the average corn yield was around fifty bushels per acre. Flash forward to 2014 and the national average yield is pegged at around 170 bushels per acre. With the exceptions of severe weather (heat and drought), on average, corn yields have increased on average two bushel per acre per year. There are many factors contributing to this tripling of average yields involving all aspects of corn production. These factors include improved genetics through convention breeding and genetic engineering; improved understanding of soil fertility and nutrients; improved equipment to facilitate all aspects of corn production; development of ...
While this past Thursday's snow made for a bit of a rough drive, it was very welcome and not just for farmers and ranchers. This snow, combined with the rain from the past week, was important and not just as moisture for winter wheat, winter canola, and next spring's planting. What are the additional benefits of this moisture that many forget about?
A series of four K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in mid-February 2015 to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission.
Without question, agricultural research is one of the most vital investments we can make to feed our increasing population and protect our planet.
Imagine that a simple photo of your wheat, with just a few bits of additional information, can accurately predict future yield. A new app, called the Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App, is allowing this to happen with ease from smart devices.
A U.S. patent has been issued for a Kansas State University-developed "peanut brittle" that ensures cows and other livestock eating it get their vitamins.
Christmas is almost here, and everyone is hurrying to finish their last minute preparations for the special day. I remember as a child seeing the beautiful poinsettia plants decorating the church for Christmas Eve services and thinking they were so beautiful! This week, I searched and found little history about them from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture team to share with you. They take a lot of work to make sure they are ready for the Christmas season, but I for one think it's worth it. I hope all of your celebrations this year are filled with laughter ...
Rich Felts, a Montgomery County farmer, was elected president of Kansas Farm Bureau this month, replacing Steve Baccus, who served in the position since 2002.
Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H-a livestock project record app-is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.
File this under the heading of, who would have ever thunk it?
Many people look forward to Christmas time and the smell of a fresh cut evergreen tree can bring back the happy memories of Christmas past. If you have not picked out your perfect tree for this season, here are a few tips about picking one out. Bringing home a tree is not the end of the work though. Proper care for the tree once it is in your house may help it stay looking good throughout the holiday season.
Two K-State Corn Production Management Schools will be offered in early January 2015 in northeast and central Kansas. Each school will provide in-depth training targeted for corn producers. Primary sponsors of the schools include the Kansas Corn Commission and DuPont Pioneer.
The year isn't even over yet but planning for the 2015 crop year is already underway. You can see it by browsing over a list of all the schools and meetings coming over the next few weeks and months. Meetings are conducted by K-State, other public entities like the FSA and NRCS, local agribusiness, larger agriculture companies, and various producer groups. The purpose is to review what was learned over the last year, discover what is new on the horizon, receive continuing education for various licenses, and plan for the next year. Here let's take it a bit ...
Many times when I go out on home visits, the homeowners concerns are with trees on their property. One reason for your trees being in distress may very well be your lawn. If your grass, (especially cool season grasses such as fescue) is allowed to grow up to the trunk of your trees, the competition for water and other nutrients may cause your tree to decline in health. Following is a report on research that has been completed by KSU with more information about the grass and tree competition issue many homeowners have faced.
The two previous columns briefly outlined reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century and the results of those changes for the society. Also discussed were the effects these changes had on the practice of agriculture. Now, let's wrap it up and discuss how these changes changed agricultural producers themselves. Please keep in mind these are general trends that don't necessarily mean everyone producing food, fiber, or fuel or that today is bad and a century ago was better or vice-versa..
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.
The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, Feb. 6. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, Kan., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. It is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested.
With the advent of 2015, there's hope the Obama administration will follow through on its ambitious trade agenda. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic agree a more open trade partnership makes sense.
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.
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