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Cooperating for agriculture

Before today's topic a brief update is in order. The Drought Monitor Index remains essentially unchanged since last week. The scant moisture received did little to alleviate dry conditions. And the strong winds further exacerbate the dry conditions. Forecasters see a deepening La Nina so little relief is in sight. Finally, those that subscribe to the theory that weather patterns circle the Earth in certain patterns have indicated that the return pattern is about fifty days give or take. If true, the extreme cold of early January should return about mid-February. Time will tell.

January 27, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Indoor light and seeding workshop

This week, I am passing my weekly column over to our new Horticulture Agent, Rip Winkel. Rip started in November, and has a lot of great ideas for Horticulture in our district! Below is one idea for a project to start vegetables indoors for the coming growing season. We do need 10 participants before we can get the supplies, so if you are interested, call either Rip, or myself at 620-793-1910.

January 27, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center to host five specialty crop workshops in March 2018

TOPEKA - The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) will host five specialty crop workshops during March to provide information and education necessary for beginning specialty crop growers to establish a successful specialty crop enterprise in Kansas. The workshops will focus on conservation, production and marketing practices for specialty crop growers, and will provide an excellent opportunity for beginning growers to connect with and learn from experienced growers.

January 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Starting vegetables indoors

January 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.

January 20, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Farm Bureau Century Farm applications are now being accepted

MANHATTAN - 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.

January 20, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Healthy choice

Can a person ever have too much of a good thing?

January 20, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Blowing in the wind

Not that Kansans already didn't know but the entire state now ranges from abnormally dry in the east/northeast to large swaths of moderate to severe drought as you head west and even a patch of extreme drought in the southwest border counties. The state needs well above normal precipitation yesterday and for an extended period of time, especially in the central and western portions of Kansas. Normally liquid precipitation for January and February here is around an inch and March around two inches so normal rainfall won't do much good. The title of today's column refers ...

January 20, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

A weather and wheat update

First, for those who wondered where winter was, the last few days gave you your answer. The disappointing aspect is the lack of any significant moisture with the storm. The entire State of Kansas now rates from abnormally dry to a sliver in extreme southern Kansas of extreme drought. At least the little bit we received was better than nothing. If you have been paying attention to the agricultural newsfeeds for this part of the nation, you have probably seen preliminary concerns regarding damage to the 2018 winter wheat crop from the extreme cold temperatures we had around New Year ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Land leasing questions addressed

One of the more popular topics that I get questions on is about leasing land for cropping and pasture lands and the laws that address it. Also, with Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County, and our prime hunting areas for pheasant and deer, many people wonder what the laws are surrounding leasing, and what the rights of the parties involved are in the lease. Coming up on Jan. 23, there will be a leasing workshop in Great Bend that will help answer many of these questions.

January 13, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Grassroots’ participation needed in government

The 2018 Kansas legislative session convenes this week as legislators will consider many health-related topics. At the same time, they will struggle with other complex issues, including development of a new school finance formula as ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court.

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Cover your acres

On Jan. 16 and 17, K-State Research and Extension in partnership with the Northwest Crop Residue Alliance will host the 'Cover Your Acres Winter Conference' in Oberlin for crop producers, consultants and others interested in northwest Kansas agriculture.

January 06, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

USDA seeks applications for Innovative Conservation Grants by Feb. 26

SALINA - USDA is offering grants for innovative conservation technologies and tools. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants program. Grant proposals are due Feb. 26.

January 06, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Agricultural resolutions for producers

We are now officially one week into the new year. Many made resolutions to lose weight, read a book, exercise and all the typical sorts of promises for a better 2018 than 2017. Today, as we are in the middle of winter, let's take a moment to reflect and propose resolutions for agricultural producers in 2018. Many may already be doing some or all of these. These are designed to help producers think about ways to optimize profits not minimize costs.

January 06, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansans depend on grassroots journalism

People in Kansas, and across this country, depend on strong community journalism to keep them informed and connected to one another. In spite of all the inroads with social media, many of the folks who live in rural communities across Kansas still rely on home-town newspapers like the Hoxie Sentinel where I grew up.

January 06, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

AG in 2018 - A look ahead

Tomorrow marks the start of a new year, a frigid start to say the least. Last week's column reviewed some of the major stories in Kansas agriculture and agriculture in general. This week's piece briefly discusses the possible stories for 2018. And if the last two years have taught us anything, it's that trying to predict what is going to happen is pretty much a wild guess. So what will the major stories of 2018 be in agriculture?

December 30, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ...

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active ...

March 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

The withering wheat

Some say the landscape in central and western Kansas looks like a barren, brown wasteland. Others believe that statement may be too kind.

March 05, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Control marestail in soybeans

Controlling marestail in soybeans continues to be a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. Because soybeans are generally planted later in the season, and marestail ...

March 05, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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