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Early spring-like temperatures welcome for all but the wheat

The weather over the past two weeks has been uncharacteristically warm for this time of year in Kansas. While many are enjoying being outdoors, this early warm spell has raised concerns for winter wheat across the state.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of during March is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later in this article, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches.

March 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Golden Belt Community Foundation establishes farmland giving program

Golden Belt Community Foundation is excited to announce their new farmland giving program. "Your Land. Your Legacy." was created to give donors greater flexibility and options when considering a gift of farmland, including the option to request that the foundation keep the land in production to support the donor's favorite charities or causes.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Birds and the Bees and Agriculture

A report has just been released regarding the state of bee populations in the world. There is grave concern as populations are plummeting rapidly. Naturally, many would consider this a bad thing but they may also ask that bedsides honey what's the big deal? Believe it or not, it's a huge deal for world food supplies. As one report stated: "one out of every three bites of eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest." It has been common over the last decade for beekeepers in Europe to lose 30% of their hives per year ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.

March 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Play safe on the farm

The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster growing up on a farm, operating mammoth farm machines epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.

February 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm winter temperatures on wheat

With the warmer than average temperatures that we have experienced, the wheat has started to grow. Many people may be wondering if this can be an issue in the future if we receive a hard freeze or a long spell of cold temperatures return before spring is finally here. I found this article in K-State Research and Extension's weekly agronomy update and I thought I would share it with you this week. It's a good reminder of what to be looking out for if your wheat fields are growing fast at this time of year.

February 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Young Stockmen’s Academy gathers in Topeka for first session

A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met in Topeka last week for the first installment of the 2016 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

February 28, 2016 | | Agriculture


Spring Is Almost Here - Corn

Last week we discussed wheat heading into spring. Today's column focuses on getting ready for the 2016 corn crop. Corn planting, depending on Mother Nature's whims, could start in as little as five weeks, especially dryland corn. For many corn producers what is listed below may have already been decided, especially with discounts for early seed orders and locking in lower prices for inputs. So what goes into getting ready to plant a corn crop? Keep in mind though not mentioned here, the selection of tillage systems plays a large role in some of these decisions.

February 28, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Advocate for agriculture

Today, almost half of the state's 2.9 million people live in five counties. Four are located in eastern Kansas and one in south-central Kansas.

February 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Soil temps

The warm, spring-like temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have been making it hard for people to remember it is still February! The warm sunshine and higher than normal temperatures feel like spring is already here and it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. One thing that is commonly overlooked when it comes to spring planning is soil temperature. Since the air temperature is so warm, it is easy to forget that the soil underneath our feet is still in the 30's right now. I found a short column about soil temperatures and how they can ...

February 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Margin compression in agriculture could lead to lower net incomes, decreased rental rates

The agricultural industry is entering a period of margin compression, in which revenues are depressed and costs remain elevated, according to Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. As a result, farming profits are expected to be thin, and net incomes are projected to be down in 2016.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

February 21, 2016 | | Agriculture


Adaptation and Evolution

Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.

February 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Producers focus on herd sire selection

Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.

February 14, 2016 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Is Conventional Agriculture “Safe?”

Before starting today's topic, Kansas reached a bit of a milestone this week. As of this past Tuesday not one square foot of the ...

May 21, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The farm and ranch community

A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped ...

May 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2016 wheat crop is following the old adage that the plant has to die nine times before it comes to harvest. As in last ...

May 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Efficiency And Agriculture

Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many ...

May 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Unspoken values

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like ...

May 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions

A new joint study by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics and the University of Georgia shows lenders from across the nation are ...

May 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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