Each spring and early summer in Kansas, fields of golden wheat stretch their friendly wave to passers-by, providing stunning evidence of the state's historical supremacy in wheat production and research.
Normally by now, it wouldn't be unusual for area producers to be getting ready to turn out cattle on wheat and rye pasture, especially south of here and under irrigation. Wheat is behind where we would like it to be for the third week of October. Wheat is just emerging, or has emerged and is slowly starting to develop. Normally producers wouldn't be too happy but this isn't a "normal" year. When you consider the summer heat and drought just past and continuing, the wheat looks pretty good. Most received enough moisture for germination and emergence, cooler ...
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Before getting to today's topic, let's discuss the weather a bit. The area received beneficial rains of 1.5 inches or so. The rain couldn't have fallen any more perfectly and seasonable temperatures should get most wheat off to a good start. Unfortunately the forecast is slim on the chance of rain so temperatures need to stay cool and it would help if winds weren't too strong. But at least we stand a chance now.
Gregory C. Bauer Supervisory District Conservationist
Women involved in agriculture are invited to the fall 2011 Women in Ag educational session on Nov. 3, in Salina. Topic for the session will be Crops, Cows and Cash Flows - What Does It all Mean?
There really isn't much to add to the winter wheat planting conversation except that maybe Friday and Saturday some beneficial rains actually fell. Instead of beating the same old drum, let's discuss something a little different. One of the hardest things to convince students majoring in some aspect of agriculture is that they know a lot more than they think. This is true for most of us. We learn from observing, making mistakes, doing our jobs, and reasoning things out. This is especially true of students growing up on a family farm. While helping and listening they possess ...
MANHATTAN – The Young Farmers & Ranchers of Kansas Farm Bureau are taking advantage of a captive audience of NASCAR fans from throughout the Midwest this weekend to share the good word about family farming, ranching and rural living.
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Owners of the top animals received auction premiums at the 79th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), while other exhibitors were presented scholarships. The event, held Sept.23-26 in Wichita, featured 656 youth from 89 counties showing 1,234 head of livestock.
The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture have been awarded a grant of more than $505,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade and Export Promotion Grants Program (STEP). This award was announced today at Governor Brownback's Economic Summit on Animal Agriculture in Garden City.
Not all wheat varieties are created equal in terms of nitrogen use. Research from Kansas State University is examining the nature of those differences and how appropriate management can improve agricultural efficiency.
Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced that the application evaluation cutoff date will be, Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Vernon DeWerff was grateful for the help of second and third generation DeWerff dairymen, for it allowed him to continue exhibiting Holstein cattle at the Kansas State Fair. Known to be far and above the longest exhibitor of Holsteins at the state fair, if not the longest running exhibitor in Kansas, Vernon and his family enjoyed his 69th year of exhibiting livestock at the state fair in Hutchinson this past week. And a special day it was on "show day", Sept. 12th in the Prairie Pavilion. Aside from winning three classes on the day, the culmination was being named Premier ...
This year Kansas has green fields, kissed by the sun. There are blue skies with white clouds high above. There are even valleys where rivers run. Heck, there's even water standing in terrace channels.
The 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 Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards.
Eric B. Banks, Kansas State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that $3.8 million in conservation funding has been allocated in Kansas to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands, and wetlands. This announcement follows Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's statement that $328 million is being invested nationally for this USDA initiative.
As this is being written, weather forecasters have backed off the heavy rains they predicted from the remnants of the hurricane that affected Mexico this past week. Corn harvest is starting to ramp up in the area; soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves; grain sorghum development is all over the map; and some early planted wheat has emerged. There really isn't much new locally to comment on, so let's take a look at some other news.
It takes a lot of work to get the glowing Ferris Wheel spinning, just like it takes work setting up the Ye Old Mill, grooming competition livestock, making the thousands of funnel cakes and cheese curds and keeping the fairgrounds a clean environment for families to enjoy. But most people don't think about the behind the scenes work it takes to get the competitions and booths off the ground in order to make the fair a success.
Youth from across the state have entered 1,733 head of animals for the 82nd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 760 4-H and FFA members from 90 counties will show 126 market steers, 308 breeding heifers, 332 market hogs, 131 breeding gilts, 275 market lambs, 220 breeding ewes, 236 meat goats and 105 commercial doe kids. The competition will take place September 19-22 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita
This week will be an important event in Pawnee County. The Alfalfa field Day. As Alfalfa is an important crop produced in Barton County, and insurance coverage is lacking, I would like to share a piece by Jenni Carr, Harper County Agriculture and Natural Resource agent that will give you more information regarding the event. The field day and listening session will be held on Sept. 17th. All Barton County producers may find the field day and listening session beneficial to their production.
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 beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.
The past week saw parts of the area receive several significant rains. Rains after this last Tuesday don't appear in the calculations of the weekly Drought Monitor Update. The last update indicates that except for sliver of southern Barton County, from Barton County north the area is rated as Abnormally Dry. Directly south conditions are considered in Moderate Drought. This is a big positive step compared too several weeks ago. As always this is a general rating and individual areas may be wetter or drier. And the recent rains not included in this report have left areas north of ...
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