First, let's update the drought monitor. As of Tuesday only small parts of the state were rated as abnormally dry, even with the heat of the previous week and not counting any precipitation over the last five days. Now, why discuss today's topic? Sound kind of dull doesn't it? Believe it or not the science of weighing and measuring, metrology, is vital in all aspects of your life and no more so than in the area of agriculture. Barton Community College is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture providing continuing education and testing for the scale ...
According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances for rain. We cope with heat through air-conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, finding shade, and sweating. But have you ever wondered how crop plants cope with excessive temperatures or why plants wilt? They can't hide or sweat but within limits they have very effective coping mechanisms. Please keep in mind this is the Readers' Digest version.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.
While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some may see a 10 -15 percent savings. On the average food bill, this could mean $600 - $1,000 a year.
July 23, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled with low grain prices, the Posted County Price has been below the Barton County Loan rate of 3.14, triggering LDPs.
I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.
July 16, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.
Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...
Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.
As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, K-State Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas. Challenges impacting the crops include potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms, according to Kansas State University associate professor of entomology and pest management extension specialist Jeff Whitworth.
I have had many calls lately with concern over leaves on trees turning brown at the edges. Much of the time, this is attributed to our erratic weather we have been experiencing lately. I found a short column by Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension horticulture expert that explains leaf scorch a little more, as well as a few tips to help your tree recover from the damage.
A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of high-volume Chinese sorghum buyers was in Kansas this summer as part of a tour aimed at further developing and strengthening relationships between Chinese sorghum buyers and U.S. suppliers. One of their stops was in Lyons.
After the last week it is likely safe to say the area has received its fair share of moisture which hurt finishing up wheat harvest but is certainly a boon for summer crops (and weeds), pastures, and wildlife. Also today, the Barton County Fair wraps up so everyone involved deserves congratulations for helping to put it on and/or participating, especially the 4-H participants and their parents. A significant topic currently in agriculture is labelling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products and content labelling in general. This column has previously discussed at length GMOs so we will skip that.
It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.