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Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices

Average net farm income in Kansas plummeted to $4,568 in 2015 or less than 5 percent of the previous year's average of $128,731, according to annual Kansas Farm Management Association member data. The 2015 level was the lowest average level of nominal net farm income since 1985.

June 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Conclusion

Wheat harvest is ramping up and as of this past Thursday, storms have avoided most of the immediate area. With temperatures hovering around the 100 degree mark and good southerly winds, the green in fields is rapidly disappearing. If the weather holds, harvest could be pretty well wrapped up by the end of this week if combines are available. Let's finish up the discussion of cover crops. Part I described what they are while Part II discussed the possible benefits of cover crops. Now, what are the potential problems and pitfalls? These potential problems aren't intended to dissuade ...

June 18, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


K-State recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2016 Cattle Feeders College

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Kendall Lock of Triangle H as the recipient of the "Top Hand" award at the 2016 Milling and Maintenance Session of the K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 24 in Garden City, Kansas.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat market show

The warm temperatures and sunny days are ripening the wheat, and it will be ready to harvest very soon. The wheat crop is looking to be very good this year, and much better than expected a few months ago. With so many excellent fields out there, producers may be interested in entering a variety into the Barton County Market wheat show for the County Fair.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Now That’s Rural: Randy Kemp – Eskridge Lumber

It's been called a "step back in time," a local resource for hardware and materials, and a lifesaver when somebody is in a jam. It's a small town Kansas lumberyard which now has new life under local ownership.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas State University advances research and education outreach to address fatigued cattle syndrome

Two Kansas State University beef cattle researchers are developing a prevention program for fatigued cattle syndrome. The syndrome, which has the potential to cause mobility issues in feedlot cattle stressed during the end of the feeding period, was identified through research at the university in 2014 that was funded by a grant from Merck Animal Health.

June 11, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part II

First, combines are rolling in Kansas and early reports are promising with good yields, test weights and protein levels. The rains and relatively mild weather allowed wheat to maximize filling and mature instead of dying, provided diseases didn't interfere. The forecasted rains could slow down progress and lower test weights. Now back to cover crops.

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Worry less

Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt."

June 04, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute provides online resource for upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive changes

Striving to provide the most up-to-date information on upcoming changes in regulations related to the Veterinary Feed Directive, the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University is offering a new online resource – for free.

June 04, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


June is Kansas Dairy Month

Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy regions in the United States, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to celebrate our hard-working dairy farmers during the month of June as the Governor has proclaimed it Kansas Dairy Month.

June 04, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Waterlogged soils

With all of the rain that we have experienced lately, there has been some concern over how much water a plant in the landscape can handle, and for how long of a time period. This week, I found some information from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that discusses waterlogged soils, and answers some questions you may have about your turf, trees, and vegetables during this rainy time.

June 04, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


The Cover Crop Conundrum – Part I

Since wheat harvest is a little ways off, let's take some time to consider one of the next big things in crop production – Cover Crops. This has become much more than the interest of a "fringe" of crop production (organic farming and sustainable agriculture) and has entered the mainstream with Research and Extension along with the NRCS conducting research and promoting adoption by producers. The actual movement for cover crops really started around forty years ago with the organic/sustainable agriculture movement and has slowly gained acceptance in many quarters. This week, we briefly examine what a cover crop ...

June 04, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never forget

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 28, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Warm season grasses

June is the time to fertilize warm-season lawn grasses such as bermudagrass, buffalograss, and zoysiagrass. These species all thrive in warmer summer weather, so this is the time they respond best to fertilization. The most important nutrient is nitrogen (N), and these three species need it in varying amounts.

May 28, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


2016 wheat harvest and loan deficiency payments

The 2016 wheat harvest is approaching, and producers should keep in mind the possibility of a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) may exist. A loan deficiency payment can come into effect when the price of wheat nears the county loan rate. The 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat loan rate for Barton County is $3.14. To be considered eligible for an LDP, producers must have form CCC-633EZ, Page 1 on file at their local FSA Office before losing beneficial interest in the crop. Pages 2, 3 or 4 of the form must be submitted when payment is requested. As of May ...

May 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Open doors

Without a doubt, livestock producers take care of their livestock. They continue to upgrade facilities, use the best animal feed and doctor their cattle, swine ...

September 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


High Tunnel Tour- Oct. 4

High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is ...

September 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Nov. 18, as the first cut-off date to apply for fiscal year ...

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part III

So far we have focused on water in plants and water in the soil. Now let's focus on water in the atmosphere, crop water ...

September 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


High Tunnel tour planned for October

High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is ...

September 20, 2016 | Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent | Agriculture


Agriculture and Water: Part II

Last week's column focused on water in plants. This week features water in the soil. As always, this is simply a brief overview that ...

September 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Communication leads to community

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

September 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Surgarcane aphid

The Sugarcane aphid is still moving through Barton County, and many people have questions about when or if to treat for the insect before the ...

September 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Beef Cattle Institute launches pregnancy analytics mobile app

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile ...

September 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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