If today's crop of young farmers and ranchers plan to play a part in the future of agriculture, they must position themselves where this industry will be – not where it is.
Wheat harvest started in spots around Great Bend about ten days ago, been interrupted by rains, and slowed by high humidities. As of Thursday, the reports are pretty much what was expected with a few pleasant surprises. There was a fair amount of wheat south of Great Bend and in other areas baled, chopped, or killed off. Of the wheat being cut reports range from the teens to a lot of twentyish bushels per acre to sporadic reports of 35 and even 40 bushels per acre in select areas. Test weight reports are plus or minus 60 pounds per bushel ...
Water has been a major issue in Kansas for the past several years. With the drought still looming heavily in everyone's mind, and issues such as crop irrigation, water for livestock, and watering your garden, the discussion about who has a right to the available water remaining can and has become heated. Everyone in the community have different opinions on what should be done to conserve our resources. The Kansas Water Office is compiling opinions and ideas from the people of Kansas about our water resources, and is formulating a 50 year water plan. Right now, an initial draft ...
At their convention, Texas Republicans compared immigrants to terrorists, claimed therapy can cure homosexuality, and insisted that the only thing a rape survivor has the right to choose is to stay home and raise her child. A zombie hunting for brains would have starved in Fort Worth, but the dumbest thing to come out of their convention wasn't in the program, but from the mouth of the state's next Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller.
First Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads reading this. While this sounds like a broken record, the rains certainly helped but didn't end the drought. The latest drought monitor map (reflects conditions through June 10) shows some improvement but the area is still in the Sever to Extreme categories. This is for two reasons. First, the area is still far behind the average yearly total for this date. Two, the drought monitor reflects soil moisture conditions. While this rain didn't help area wheat much, it was great for summer row and feed crops. This is also a ...
Over the past few weeks, we have finally been blessed with a significant amount of participation. With increased moisture, the number of mosquitos will rise and begin to plague outdoor activities in greater numbers. This is because mosquitos lay their eggs in still water, and when there is standing water in an area, the mosquito population will rise with the increased number of nurseries. Now that we have had a significant rain event, there is standing water in many places just waiting for a female to lay her eggs.
Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it.
All across our country Americans are checking their automobiles, studying road maps and adding another item to their "to do" lists in preparation for long-awaited summer vacations.
The winning streak continues. For the 16th time in the last 17 years, a Kansas State University quarter-scale tractor team has won or placed in the top three at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.
Many of questions that come into the office at this time of year are about trees. With the severe drought, many trees are experiencing branch dieback and sometimes death of the entire tree because of the lack of water. Here is some information about healthy trees, and how to tell if your tree may need a little more tender loving care to help it survive until we are out of the drought.
MANHATTAN – Congressman Tim Huelskamp discussed trade issues and opportunities between the United States and Taiwan last Thursday with Jack J.C. Yang, director general of the Taiwan Consulate in Kansas City. Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS) also participated in a roundtable discussion with Yang and members from the Kansas Grain & Feed Association, Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Cooperative Council, and Seaboard Foods.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced "a new era in American conservation efforts" with an historic focus on public-private partnership. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), created in the 2014 Farm Bill, will fund a number of conservation activities across Kansas. "This is an entirely new approach to conservation," Vilsack said. "We're giving private companies, local communities, and other non-government partners a way to invest in what are essentially clean water start-up operations."
One question arising from the articles on Global Warming involved plants capturing energy and carbon dioxide. Since there is unfortunately little to write about regarding the wheat or summer crops with the exception of some rain and moderate temperatures, let's take a brief look at photosynthesis.
Lately, I have been getting questions concerning weed control in home lawns. The best solution for weed control is to have a thick, healthy lawn that will not allow the weeds to take hold in the first place. One way to do this is to keep your lawn healthy by fertilizing it at the correct time. I thought that I would share a piece by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension Horticulture specialist about fertilizing recommendations in warm season lawns. This is a good column to help you know how much to use and when for the three warm-season grasses ...
Kansas leaders and communicators have agreed to serve as judges for the 2014 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. The state contest finals will be held at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the St. John's Lutheran Memorial Hall at 218 Kansas in Alma. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.
This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...
So what can be realistically be done to deal with pesticide resistance once it happens? When pests develop resistance to pesticides, it is a difficult challenge but in most cases not an impossible one. The key to the effectiveness of these management practices include cost, time, markets and climate. Also remember we are speaking about resistance developing in insects and diseases, not just weeds.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.
People outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks have a tendency to question corporate farming whether family owned or not
As most people know, Kansas is the top wheat producing state in the USA. The first Kansas wheat crop was planted in Johnson County in 1839, since then, the yields farmers are able to harvest have more than doubled. This comes in part from universities and private companies breeding new varieties for better resistance to different pressures including fungal and bacterial. Newer varieties also have heat and drought resistance, which increase yields depending on what variety is planted in a given year. One way these organizations know how a wheat variety will perform is by planting it into a field ...
Last week's column described how pesticide resistance develops. Today describes how it can be prevented and next week how to manage it once it occurs. But first a brief review of how this problem arises. For more detail see last week's column.
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