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Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 1 - Humidity

As the old say goes, "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." For those in agriculture it should be changed to "but farmers and ranchers live it." Fall harvest is wrapping up. Almost all of the 2016 wheat crop is in the ground and much of the area has experienced freezing temperatures at least briefly. We have access to and are bombarded with weather forecasts and data through all types of media. But how many of us really know where these facts and figures come from and what the terminology means? And those in agriculture, especially ...

November 08, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Student teachers learn about agriculture

Inside the Kansas State University classroom all eyes were riveted on the guest speakers. By the end of the two, one-hour training sessions the future teachers were well equipped to tell the story of the state's number one industry.

November 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas State University researchers studying ways to combat deadly swine virus

Kansas State University is flexing its research muscle in swine nutrition and grain science in hopes of taking out a deadly virus that is said to have a 100 percent mortality rate in piglets less than 7 days old.

November 01, 2015 | | Agriculture


Houseplant care

By now, most houseplants should be inside for the colder winter months. Did you know that acclimating them to their new environment is important to their overall health and wellbeing? By slowly moving them to their winter home, you will help your plants stay healthy overall for the colder, low sun months of being indoors. I found a column from Ward Upham that explains a little bit about one reason it is important to go slowly when moving your plants from their summer spot to their winter one. On Nov. 4, I will be speaking about houseplant care throughout the ...

November 01, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Is a Career In Agriculture For You?

Not so very long ago choosing a career was fairly easy, especially before the Industrial Revolution. The majority of Americans lived and worked on farms and were involved in some aspect of producing food, fiber, and fuel. Sons often followed in their fathers' footsteps. Women's choices were even more limited than men's. Go back a bit further and careers were typically passed down from father to son. Many of our common surnames such as Smith, Cooper, Miller, even Wainwright, reflected the profession of the male members of the family.

November 01, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers to receive documentation of USDA Services

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs.

October 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding in Kansas

Kansas agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Kansas NRCS State Conservationist Eric B. Banks announced that Nov. 20, will be the deadline.

October 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


Fall Weather

Speak with many older farmers and almost all of them mention how unusual this fall's weather has been. Since this is Kansas, most of us consider unusual weather usual, however, this year's fall weather has been extreme so far. How extreme has it been and potentially mean for crop and livestock producers?

October 25, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Family farm

It seems people outside agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. In our contemporary society this means people two, three or four generations removed from the land live in sprawling suburbia.

October 18, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


No Till Cover Crop Field Day planned for October 28

The Golden Belt Residue Management Alliance is hosting a No Till Cover Crop Field Day starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28th. This event will start in the field located ½ mile north of Rush Center, located in Rush County on the Jamie Holopirek Farm.

October 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


Women on the farm program

Do farm families actually retire? What are our financial needs as we age? What role does Social Security have in our financial soundness? How do we afford health care and what are our options as we progress through life? How can the farm as a business provide health care coverage for my family and possibly a hired hand?

October 18, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Laws of Thermodynamics

The annual Jack Kilby Science Day was this past Thursday at Barton Community College. High school students from all over the area were exposed to a variety of topics including agriculture. There are many ways to explain what agriculture is and what it entails. While it may seem a little bit out there, agriculture can be described using the first two laws of thermodynamics. First what are these laws, with apologies to physicists, and second how do they relate to production agriculture?

October 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | 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 down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.

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 state's largest youth livestock show, held Oct. 2-4, in Hutchinson, 687 4-H and FFA members from 86 counties competed for awards and scholarships by exhibiting 1,441 head of livestock.

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


A farmer’s creed

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 ...

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


Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is ...

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events ...

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration ...

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Calving season tips: Increased energy management during extreme weather is crucial

Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also ...

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Praising Bossy

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is this humble and in most cases easy-going ...

January 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


National Science Foundation awards grant extension to continue development of high-throughput measur

The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase ...

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Winter bird feeding

Severe winter weather is not only hard on people but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Though birds also require water and ...

January 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Conserving Resources for the Future

This is the time of year when awards are given for those working to conserve the most valuable resource in agriculture – the soil. Hopefully you ...

January 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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