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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


Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active regions in the world.

March 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and the species' response to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean, sunflower and wheat - in districts One, Two and Three in the western region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year terms and the terms will commence on April 1, 2018.

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is greening up and even trying to grow. As the saying goes; "Wheat has nine lives." Is it spotty, a bit thin, and behind schedule for March 11? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Was there likely winter kill in spots? Yes. Has the cooler than normal weather helped? Yes. Does the crop need moisture immediately? Yes. Is there any significant precipitation on the horizon? No. The why is the topic of today's column – a La Nina ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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The differences between grasses andbBroadleaves – Part I

First, more beneficial rainfall in spots this week to go along with last week. Unfortunately parts of Western and South Central Kansas received damaging hail ...

May 19, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2018 wheat crop has had it challenges to say the least. Much of the planting was late because it was too wet to get ...

May 12, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weed control in grain sorguhm

Severe grass and broadleaf weed pressure will reduce grain sorghum yields and can make harvest very difficult. Good crop rotation and herbicide selection are essential ...

May 12, 2018 | Stacy Campbell | Agriculture


Tumbling along

Part cultural icon and part invasive nuisance, tumbleweeds have an intriguing and tangled history. You know, tumbleweeds - those twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across ...

May 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


The frugal farmer

First, more beneficial rainfall this week to go along with last week. Did the Drought Monitor reflect much change (remember this is as of Tuesday ...

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


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