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The importance of a preemergence herbicide program for row crops

Difficult weeds, especially glyphosate-resistant weeds, are controlled most consistently with soil-applied herbicides which kill germinating seeds/seedlings. Much of the resistance to glyphosate has developed from over-reliance on postemergence herbicide applications for weed control. Thus it is essential to include one or more of the preplant and preemergence residual herbicides available for summer row crops. The specific herbicide you use, although important, is usually less important than just making the decision to use a preplant or preemergence herbicide.

April 14, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Summer crops and winter wheat

The drought hasn't lessened with the area in extreme drought and the outlook isn't promising. As if that wasn't enough to worry about, the area has experienced well below freezing air temperatures (the low 20s) for an extended period of time twice in the last week which while not rare is certainly uncommon for the first week of April. So what does this mean for the 2018 wheat crop? As is almost always the case, there isn't a cut and dry answer.

April 07, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Small farms finding success with specialty crops and agritourism

For Joe and Jay Schwinn, learning how to make farming profitable was so easy, and so successful, that it was like taking candy from a baby. At the time, they were practically babies themselves. Joe was 6 and Jay 9, but they had a fairly good idea of how it worked - you grow produce (in their father's case, cantaloupes), you deliver it to the customer, the customer pays you money.

April 07, 2018 | By Tom Parker | Agriculture


Control grassy sandbur

Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls into the office about weed control, mainly grassy sandburs. If you had sandburs last year, now would be a good time to control them. I found an article from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department that gives you some tips on how to get rid of this troublesome weed.

April 07, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Remembering a prairie fire

Just a few days ago, the smell and sight of spring burning in this region of Kansas evoked this childhood memory...

April 07, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


From feed to fever: Kansas State University researcher studies risk of African swine fever in feed

MANHATTAN - If African swine fever virus reaches the U.S., it could cause more than $16.8 billion in economic losses to swine and other industries. It would devastate trade and international markets, researchers say.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Make it a safe spring planting season

Long hours, less-than-ideal weather conditions and working around large machinery combine to make farming one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. This spring planting season slow down and ensure you and your family members stay safe.

March 31, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cold, cold soil?

First a very Happy Easter to all and also enjoy April Fools' Day. Today is April first which means a great deal should be happening in the cropping world in our area. One of those happenings should be wheat jointing before now but with the dry and overall cool conditions that is behind. It is likely farmers won't have a great deal of straw to deal with this year. Alfalfa is greening up but overall lagging in growth to most recent years but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many recent years the alfalfa was up and growing ...

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The end of the drought?

Finally, after over five months of essentially nonexistent precipitation, most of the area received significant moisture with some places receiving well over an inch. The title of this column is a bit tongue and cheek and it is safe to assume we all know the drought is nowhere near over and in fact conditions are little improved. In fact for much of the area the drought rating improved only marginally as dry as the State continues to be.

March 24, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. Agriculture is a family-based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

March 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dear reader

The personal letter may soon go the way of the dinosaur or the Edsel automobile – extinction.

March 24, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | 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 and many other industries.

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 ranch couple report no (moisture) run-off event in more than a year on their native grassland in Riley and Wabaunsee counties.

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 meantime but it may be quite hard to buy a rain. If you are paying attention to local, state, and national news regarding education the last few years, it is obvious there is great concern regarding students falling behind in the hard sciences and technology. Many school district are implementing some kind of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum to help address this. Also during this time nationally and within the legislature and state ...

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 Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Jeff Colyer and representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores and the Kansas agriculture community.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Ag and society - Pt. 1

First as usual, a drought update is in order and it will be brief. The state is essentially the same as last week. Remember any ...

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


Sugarcan aphid

Sugarcane aphid has now been confirmed in Barton County. Scouting fields early will help determine the need for an insecticide application before losses occur. Treating ...

August 18, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Drought declarations updated in Kansas counties

TOPEKA - While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of the state, especially eastern Kansas, continue to worsen.

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Pre-plant wheat school offered for local farmers

A Pre-Plant Wheat School will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the American Ag Credit building, 5634 10th Street ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Develop dialogue

More often than we'd like to admit we sometimes shoot ourselves in the foot when talking about the challenges we face in farming and ...

August 18, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat code finally cracked; wheat genome sequence will bring stronger wheat varieties to farmers

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, have published in the international journal Science a detailed description of ...

August 18, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Red or white?

First as usual, a drought update is in order. Again, nothing after 8 a.m. this past Tuesday is included. Not much has changed with ...

August 11, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Cover crops

Corn and beans harvested early can leave your ground bare for seven to nine months. Instead, let's plant some crops to grow and cover ...

August 11, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


CRP enrollment deadling

WASHINGTON - Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau teaching award

Hoisington Middle School teacher Karisa Cowen is one of three teachers to win the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture 2019 Excellence in Teaching award ...

August 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The old red barn (ain’t what she used to be)

When I was a youngster, one of my favorite places to play was my Uncle Joe and Aunt Anna's red barn. My Uncle Bernie ...

August 11, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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