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Independence Day and agriculture

Rather than discuss water erosion today, let's take a detour in honor of Independence Day. When we think of July 4, we think of the great generals, soldiers, wars, and the sacrifice that went into establishing this country and keeping it secure for 241 years. For this column, we will briefly consider how agriculture has played a vital role in our history. This column has discussed Presidents who farmed and the importance of the USDA, Land-Grant Universities, Extension and so on to the development and security of the country. Why was/is agriculture so important in our existence?

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Develop relationships through 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 ranching. These conversations with friends, neighbors and family take place at the local café, filling station, after church or Friday evening ball games.

June 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will be beef and pork.

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing wind erosion, Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads out there. Today we will start to tackle wind erosion. If you think soil erosion is soil erosion you would be wrong. While there are some similarities and both remove valuable soil particles, water and wind erosion differ in major ways. So today we will discuss wind erosion mechanisms. And remember that areas like Western Kansas experience both types of erosion and in fact damage from ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Prepare garden flowers for summer

The flower gardens have been in full bloom and are looking spectacular this year. You can tell that there is a lot of pride and hard work that has been done by homeowners to make sure that their landscape looks its best! As the first flowers are dying off, and new ones begin to shine, a few chores may help your flower garden looks its best. I'm sharing a few tips for the K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department this week that I thought would be helpful for flower care that can be done at this time.

June 10, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency County committee nomination period begins June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KSU’s quarter-scale tractor teams back in winners’ circle

MANHATTAN - The Kansas State University Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – introduction

On Wednesday a load of wheat was delivered to an elevator in Moundridge and test cutting is ongoing and the 2017 wheat harvest is underway, depending on the weather. The ninety degree plus temperatures will certainly accelerate wheat maturity. Now on to today's topic.

June 10, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never say ‘Just a farmer’

While I hoped I'd never hear this phrase roll of the lips off a farmer or rancher again, I did the other day. I heard someone say, "I'm just a farmer."

June 10, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Managing risk in turbulent times – unavoidable risk

Before addressing today's topic, a few notes. First, none of the state is even listed as abnormally dry according to the official U.S. Drought Monitor. The closest areas are in central Colorado and the Texas/Oklahoma border. Second, after struggling through wet conditions, the corn crop is essentially in the ground according to official statistics while grain sorghum and soybean planting progress is being made. Finally, in spite of wet, somewhat cool conditions, the wheat crop is turning and progressing well. The downside, for reasons discussed everywhere in past weeks, is that around one-quarter of the crop is ...

June 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Lawns feel impact of wet spring

The wet spring that we have experienced has created some unusual situations for homeowners. With the excess moisture, you can experience issues keeping your yard under control. Also, the saturated soils can cause problems with your plants root systems, making them not as drought tolerant going into the hot summer season. I found some more information form the Horticulture department for K-State Research and Extension with some tips on how to help your landscape recover from all of the rain.

June 02, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Veterans: Remember them always

Few experiences are more powerful or moving than a visit to a cemetery on Memorial Day. Unlike a military cemetery where rows upon rows of graves give silent testimony to the human cost of war, in most Kansas cemeteries the stories of the dead - young, old, male and female - tell a story about the community.

May 27, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fertilize warm-season lawn grasses

For people who have warm season lawns such as buffalo grass, zoysia or Bermuda, there is less maintenance, especially at the first of the year. Warm season grasses have now come out of dormancy, and adding a little fertilizer now will help the turf have better growth and a deeper color. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert, to give you some tips on how to help your warm season lawn look its best this summer.

May 27, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour is growing

The wheat is growing quickly, despite the challenges this year. We have had several frost and freeze events that caused damage in some fields. Wheat Streak Mosaic has also been reported more often that in the past several years. To top that off, after a very dry winter, where an ice storm was our only source of significant moisture, we have had a very wet spring, causing some fields to suffer from too much moisture. For the most part though, our wheat still looks good, and has some strong potential.

May 20, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s fun to compare then and now

Until recently, I often stopped by the corner convenience store after work to treat my sweet tooth. From the time I was 4 years old and walked barefoot down to Vern Wagner's little general store, I've always enjoyed the wonderful taste of chocolate.

May 20, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Agriculture and the insect dilemma - Part I

Corn harvest is slowly ramping up, soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves, milo fields are all over the place and fields are being prepared ...

September 16, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Control volunteer wheat

What can be done to prevent another widespread occurrence of wheat streak mosaic virus, High Plains virus, and triticum mosaic virus in wheat this coming ...

September 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Junior Livestock Show celebrates 85th year

HUTCHINSON – The Kansas Junior Livestock Show, sponsored by Cargill, will celebrate its 85th year by hosting 812 youth from 95 counties who have entered 2 ...

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


No more bacon and eggs?

I love to eat. Like millions of fellow Americans there's nothing better than food grown and produced on this nation's farms and ranches.

September 16, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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