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Time of fall lawn chores

Fall chores for the landscape are finally wrapping up for the year, but there are still a few items on the list. If you have a cool-season lawn, November is a good time to fertilize the turf for the winter hardiness and a quicker green up in the spring. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert talks about the method below.

November 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

FSA County Committee elections to begin; producers to receive ballots Week of Nov. 6

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Terry L. Hawk announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, to ensure that their vote is counted.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Whack on the side of the head

There's an old saying, often considered conventional wisdom that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication.

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

USDA issues safety-net payments to Kansas farmers

MANHATTAN - USDA State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Terry L. Hawk, announced that approximately 100,989 Kansas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

What is normal? Part I

Agriculture, like any endeavor, is bombarded with numbers and statistics. Percentages, averages, normal, total, ratings, and a variety of other terms are constantly reported and analyzed. While they may be useful, their real value is only apparent if you understand where they come from and how they are determined. One short column can hardly describe all this with adequate perspective. So today, let's start discussing weather data but first some definitions.

October 28, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Free crop imaging workshop Nov. 13

Join K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA) on Monday, Nov. 13, starting at 10 a.m.for an engaging workshop on crop imaging and crop scouting.

October 28, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

And I Quote: Pearls of wisdom

Quotations are like rare stones in rings of gold. They provide insight that can move, illustrate and entertain. They can do many things like remove the wheat from the chaff, provide a cowardly lion with courage or simply clear away all the cobwebs from a darkened corner.

October 28, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Eat smart, stay healthy

Every day consumers can read or hear about something new concerning diets. Diets are as plentiful as the assortment of foods we can now pick from the shelves of our supermarkets. No wonder consumer skepticism about dietary advice continues to increase along with this country's collective waistline.

October 21, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall is a good time for soil testing

As the weather gets cooler and the growing season ends, there are still a few items that should be completed before you put your landscape to bed for the winter. Here are a few tips from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department on a few chores to complete this fall for a healthier spring landscape.

October 21, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Chickadee Checkoff accepting small grants proposals

PRATT - For 37 years, wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts have benefited from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's Chickadee Checkoff program through small grants. By making small grants available each year, KDWPT is able utilize the talents and expertise of people outside of the department to complete a wide variety of educational, research-based, and habitat projects, as well as the monitoring of nongame wildlife and critical habitats.

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Integrated Pest Management is they key

Let's finish up our discussion of the evolving challenge of controlling insect pressure in a changing environment while protecting that environment and providing a safe food supply. Remember, while there are well over 6 million insects species worldwide, only a handful of that number are pests while most are benign, and many in fact beneficial as predators, pollinators, etc. The key here is IPM, Integrated Pest Management, which first seeks to understand insects, their life cycles and habits, their place in the ecology, determining what to do and when in an environmentally responsible manner, and use all control methods ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support and expand this growth in the specialty crop industry, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted the first-ever Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production in 2016.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western tier of counties to as much as 6.8 inches in portions of northwest, central, and north-central Kansas. This early-October precipitation occurred after above-normal precipitation in late-September, resulting in fields with a full soil moisture profile for most of the state, but also in water-logged soils which are delaying field work.

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Water, water everywhere: The 2018 wheat crop

We will finish off the discussion of insects and crops next week. However, with the rainfall of the last two weeks over most of the area, what does it mean for fall harvest and planting the 2018 wheat crop? First, it is wet. This column was written Friday morning and so the area may or may not have received the additional promised heavy rains through Friday evening. If we did, the areas soils are really saturated.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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