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Tree planting

When is the right time to plant a tree? The answer is 10 years ago. When is the next best time to plant one? Well, this year! We have lost a fair number of trees over the past several years due to drought stress. Many are interested in planting a new tree, either to replace ones that were lost, or to just add beauty to their landscape.

March 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


New commissioners elected to Kansas Commodity Commissions

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat, in districts Four, Five and Six in the central region of the state.

March 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Praising Bossie

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.

March 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Ag Month kicks off with statewide food drive campaign

The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive kicked off Kansas Agriculture Month on March 2, in support of our neighbors in need and to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters–The Community Food Bank in Topeka hosted state leaders, including Governor Sam Brownback, representatives of the food banks of Kansas, Dillons Food Stores employees and members of the Kansas agriculture community.

March 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Dormancy in plants

This past February and now March are looking be unseasonably warm. This is causing the plants in your landscape to break dormancy early. I have had a lot of questions about trees and flowers with concerns about what will happen if we get another hard freeze this year. Below is an article from Ward Upham that describes what is going on with your plants and what can happen if we get a cold snap later this spring.

March 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Fire and the Prairie

You would have to have been living in a bubble to be unaware of the fires that swept across over 20 Kansas Counties and Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas this past week. And these are in addition to the major grass fires from last spring. Media has reported the devastation and the why – howling winds that changed direction, low humidity, and a great deal of fuel due to last summer's rains. But what exactly is the connection between fire and the prairie.

March 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Young producers meet in Topeka

A group of 20 young ranchers from across the state met on Feb. 13-14, in Topeka for the first installment of the 2017 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is again partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau honors tradition and heritage of family farms

Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The benefits of fire

Every spring across the vast, open Flint Hills grasslands, fires blaze for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, crackles and bursts into orange.

March 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cool season grasses

Cool season grasses such as Fescue are some of the most popular turf in the state. There are specific chores that you can do to help ensure that your lawn looks its very best. The following suggestions are for cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue. Zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and buffalograss are warm-season grasses and require a different maintenance regime and will be covered at a later time.

March 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Ag Education Symposium

A free Ag Education Symposium will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hoisington Recreation Center Meeting Room, 1200 Susank Road in

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Where Did It Come From?

With all the "heavy" and concerning news across the board and in agriculture, maybe something a little less serious, a bit fun, and accidentally educational is in order. There are many terms in agriculture and around food production. Some still in common use while some are a bit archaic. Let's just tackle a few of them see how they came about and what they mean.

March 04, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


America’s most admired

Nobody likes us. Everyone's out to get us. We can't buy a break.

February 25, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches. Deciduous shrubs are those that lose their leaves each ...

February 25, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What does the 2017 Cropping Season Look Like?

As this is being written, the drought monitor update for the past week hasn't been released. It will likely look the same as last week with a doughnut hole of sorts for North Central, Northeast and South Central Kansas in pretty good shape but with that area shrinking as more abnormally dry conditions creep in. The western third of Kansas is in moderate drought with severe drought expanding in Southwest Kansas. Above normal temperatures will work to deplete soil moisture. Wheat is greening up and ready for spring. So what does the Spring/Summer forecast look like? Where is ...

February 25, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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