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Praising Bossy

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.

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


National Science Foundation awards grant extension to continue development of high-throughput measur

The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase food production.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Winter bird feeding

Severe winter weather is not only hard on people but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Though birds also require water and shelter, food is often the resource most lacking during cold weather. Many different bird food mixes are available because various species often prefer different grains. However, there is one seed that has more universal appeal than any other: black oil sunflower. If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix. White proso millet is second in popularity and is the favorite of dark-eyed ...

January 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Conserving Resources for the Future

This is the time of year when awards are given for those working to conserve the most valuable resource in agriculture – the soil. Hopefully you had the opportunity to review the winners and articles recently in the Tribune. There are several categories of awards with the focus on protecting soil and providing habitat for wildlife. Many probably wonder why this matters. The answer is simple – even if you live in Manhattan, Kansas or New York, your life is impacted everyday by the soil and what it provides. It isn't an accident that banks help sponsor many of these awards ...

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


K-State Sorghum Production Schools set for early February

A series of four Kansas State University Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in early February to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Grassroot’s journalism

People in Kansas and across this country, depend on strong community journalism to keep them informed and connected to one another. In spite of all the inroads with social media, folks who live in rural communities across Kansas still rely on home-town newspapers.

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


Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host four regional workshops in 2016 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Tree order forms

A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, the Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...

January 17, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau well represented at national meeting

Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) President Richard Felts was elected to a term on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) board of directors today during the AFBF annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Felts will represent the Midwest region on the board that includes 11 states.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau Safety Poster Program

Adults agree that child safety is an important topic; the trick is getting the kids to agree.

January 17, 2016 | | Agriculture


Surviving Hard Times – Part II

Last week's column addressed soil testing as a way to increase efficiency and optimize fertilizer input costs. This week will tackle other decisions producers make to wisely use inputs and manage the cost of inputs. Those not involved in production agriculture sometimes don't really understand that as much time goes into planning, book and record keeping, and managing finances as goes into the actual production of crops.

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


Two-room school

One of the misfortunes of progress in education is the demise of the small country school. As I look back on all the attributes of attending a two-room school during the first eight years of my life, I wonder if we may have lost something we can never replace.

January 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Buying local firewood helps prevent spread of tree diseases

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) encourages Kansans who use firewood to heat their homes to consider using local firewood to help prevent the spread of tree diseases and pests.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee to meet in Lyons

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


‘Cover Your Acres’ conference set for Jan. 19-20

K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 13th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on Jan. 19-20 at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Is Conventional Agriculture “Safe?”

Before starting today's topic, Kansas reached a bit of a milestone this week. As of this past Tuesday not one square foot of the ...

May 21, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The farm and ranch community

A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped ...

May 21, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2016 wheat crop is following the old adage that the plant has to die nine times before it comes to harvest. As in last ...

May 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Efficiency And Agriculture

Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many ...

May 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Unspoken values

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like ...

May 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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