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Genetic improvement for the beef herd: Focus of

For beef producers, one of the best ways to improve profitability is to improve herd genetics. A new website called ( was developed by beef cattle scientists to help producers access one location for the latest beef cattle genetics and genomics information.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing for the 2016 Wheat Crop – Part I

The year in the title isn't a typo. Even though it is only Aug. 2, good producers are making their decisions for the 2016 wheat crop. Even though planting is more than a month away, many producers are already facing potential challenges, especially for those planning to plant wheat after summer crops.

August 02, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Make the most of mealtime

In today's harried world, seems like everyone's schedule is filled to the brim with activities. Both parents work, kids go to school and participate in student government, sports or any number of events. Seems families meet each other coming and going. Still, most parents believe it's more important than ever to dedicate the dinner hour to developing and nurturing relationships with family members.

July 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid is now spreading fast. The aphid has been causing serious problems in Georgia where some farmers have been seeking insecticide alternatives after two applications of Transform, the allowable limit. This week, economically significant infestations were found as far north as Noble, Kay, and Grant Counties in Oklahoma, right on the Kansas state line. With some southerly wind, we will soon get winged aphids landing in Kansas sorghum.

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture

Sustaining Agriculture – Conclusion

To wrap up this series let's examine what would happen if conventional agriculture abandoned the practices discussed last week as called for by the sustainable agriculture movement. How "sustainable" would that be for the environment? First a reminder of what we are defining as sustainable:

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

This vacation, remember agriculture

All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, installing GPSs, studying road maps, printing off directions from MapQuest and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.

July 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Walnut caterpillar

I have been getting a lot of calls lately about caterpillars defoliating trees in the county. When the culprit has been brought into the office for me to identify, it has been the walnut caterpillar. Since so many people have been seeing this pest in their neighborhoods, I thought that I would share with you a short write-up from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture expert, Ward Upham about this little pest and how you can control them if you feel it may be necessary.

July 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

Sustaining Agriculture – Part II

For detail please refer to last week's column. Today focuses on the factors traditional agriculture uses the Sustainable Food Movement objects to. First though a reminder of what is defined as sustainable:

July 19, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

USDA announces CRP regulations

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

July 16, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Agriculture

Smart business

While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our farm and ranch production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products.

July 12, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Brown patch in fescue

With the wet cool spring that we had, diseases that have not been seen much of in several years have made a reappearance in various plants around the area. One of these diseases is a fungus called Brown Patch that is showing up in fescue lawns. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert wrote a short article explaining what Brown Patch is, as well as your options if you would decide to treat your lawn. As always, if you have questions, or would like a second opinion, you can always call your local Extension Office for help.

July 12, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Women on the farm

STOP! Read all directions before proceeding! We have all seed the warning labels, and we all know that no matter what activity we are participating in, there are safety precautions that must be followed. Our work in the agriculture field is no different. When we work in the agriculture field, we are assuming the risk of the most dangerous occupations in our nation. According to the CDC, everyday about 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury. The next Women on the Farm event will feature not only safety for working on the farm, but also the selection of tools for ...

July 12, 2015 | | Agriculture

Sustaining Agriculture – Part I

It's interesting how the meaning of a word changes depending on what person or group is using it and for what purpose. The term organic originally meant anything pertaining to living organisms or compounds containing carbon. Today in society it has evolved to denote foods grown without the use of "chemicals" such as synthetic pesticides, hormone implants and fertilizers and/or without the use of genetically engineered organism. Natural originally denoted the world around us and today it has evolved to mean foods with little or no processing, chemical additives or in a "non-factory farm." The term sustainable has ...

July 12, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Gathering the grain

It's 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark.

July 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Healthy choice

No doubt you've noticed all the soft drinks, flavored water and sports drinks today. They're everywhere.

October 11, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled ...

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Winners crowned at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Livestock shown by young exhibitors from across the state were named champions at the 83rd Kansas Junior Livestock Show, proudly sponsored by Cargill. During the ...

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bankers awards

Announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources ...

October 11, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn ...

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a ...

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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