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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

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 Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards. "This program is being sponsored", said Alicia, "by the Kansas Bankers Association (KBA), NRCS and the Barton County Conservation District". This year the KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism are proud to announce six award categories including Energy Conservation, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Soil Conservation, Windbreaks, and Wildlife Habitat ...

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 the mine with them as they worked. Canaries are very sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide and when the canary stopped signing and died, it was time to get out of the mine. The expression "A canary in the coal mine" has evolved to indicate something that occurs or is present that indicates a problem or peril across a variety of situations. Sometimes you will know what the occurrence indicates and other times you notice ...

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, milo, soybeans and sunflowers eager to dump the bountiful crops into waiting trucks and grain carts.

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 period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

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, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers - should gather petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2015, filing deadline.

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 soil test won't tell you what is wrong, and we have to dig deeper to find out why plants are not as healthy as they should be. I found a piece from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert Ward Upham to share with you this week that goes over a few reasons why your plants may be struggling outside of nutrient requirements.

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza ...

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in ...

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture

December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to ...

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms ...

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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