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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program application deadline set for Nov. 25

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Created under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands.

October 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Weed control in fall

Every spring, I receive a lot of plants into the office for identification, and for advice on how to control the weed that is invading their lawn. Much of the time these plants are winter annuals or perennial weeds that are too established in the spring to get much control over. If you have dandelions, henbit or chickweed in your lawn, then now is the time to spray and get a better handle on the weeds. I have a short piece from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that gives you more information about the how's ...

October 29, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Extension elections

Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on the four program development committees. Please mark Wednesday, Nov. 2, on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th Street to cast your ballot. The ballot box is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is 18 years of age and older may vote in this election.

October 29, 2016 | Bernie Unruh | Agriculture


The Red Wheat Dilemma

As you drive around the area, large piles of grain are plainly evident. The good aspect of this is a decent harvest. The not so good aspect is producers are sitting on a hundreds of millions of bushels and not thrilled about selling with current prices. Something the public may not understand is that while the grain is sitting at the elevator, the producer pays a monthly storage charge for every bushel. One dilemma producers face is that typically high prices mean that they have less to sell while low prices mean the opposite. Of course carryover stocks and world ...

October 29, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas byway celebrates agriculture

Oct. 6, marked the dedication of the first byway to exclusively celebrate agriculture in this country. Located in far western Kansas and named the "Land and Sky" scenic byway, it follows Highway 27 through Wallace, Sherman and Cheyenne counties.

October 22, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Lady beetles

they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators produce more offspring, which in turn have their fill of dinner, and also reproduce. The cycle goes on and on until the food source is exhausted. This year, with so many sugarcane aphids as a food source for the Lady Beetle, many more beetles were produced than in previous years.

October 22, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA informational workshop

The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center located on US HWY 156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fall Weather and Agriculture

The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal rainfall and some sites have reported 50 inches with over two months left in the year. Much of Southwest Kansas has moved to abnormally dry with a portion now in moderate drought. This is after an extremely wet summer so what happened to the soil moisture? How is fall harvest progressing? Where is the 2017 wheat crop at? How different has this fall been so far?

October 22, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will tell you rainfall this summer has resulted in more birds for the upcoming fall season. This year promises to be as good as 2015 and maybe better as hunters scour the countryside in search of pheasants, quail, ducks and other species of wildlife.

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during the spring resulting in a longer turnaround from submission to recommendations. Also, soils in the spring are often waterlogged, making taking samples difficult. If your soil test suggests more organic matter, fall is a much better season because materials are more available than in the spring, and fresher materials can be used without harming young tender spring-planted plants.

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held Nov. 18 through 19 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that report: "A lack of a skilled agricultural workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture businesses." The shortage covers the gamut from entry level positions to those requiring advanced degrees with over fifty percent of the vacancies in three areas; agriculture mechanics, agriculture business and animal science. Another finding was, to quote the release: "Employers indicated that basic skills such as written communication and applied mathematics are lacking in applicants ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


KDA welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place in Kansas for the first time in its history. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will welcome the annual barbeque competition to the state, and encourages Kansans to attend this unique event.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


USDA informational workshop

On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the Wetlands educational Center located on U.S.156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference to Feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas, on Nov. 18–19, 2016. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.

October 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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Cutting wind

When the temperatures in Kansas dip below freezing, two types of people usually surface – those who enjoy invigorating weather and those who tolerate the cold ...

December 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farm Service Agency extends voting deadline for County Committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian J. Polansky announced that the deadline to submit ballots for ...

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Cattle Herd Health Meetings

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive at ...

December 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Truth In Agriculture Reporting

There has been and continues to be a great deal of buzz regarding "fake news" on social media, even having it picked up and reported ...

December 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Crop conditions deteriorate as drought invades Kansas

Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western ...

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


High pH and iron

Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in ...

November 26, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It could happen again

For the farmers, ranchers and firefighters who live in Barber and Comanche counties, the possibility of another "living, breathing fire monster" is never far from ...

November 26, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


December’s Here – Where Are We?

Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into ...

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers Union invites all to meeting

LARNED - Pawnee County Farmers Union will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pawnee County Courthouse lounge.

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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