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Make mine water -- nature’s coolant

We're locked in the Dog Days of summer and the humidity is rolling through the roof. If the first few days of August are any indication, this summer may continue well into September. And while some don't venture outdoors much except on weekends, for many outdoor work continues as usual.

August 16, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall Crop Seminar Planned Aug. 26 in Hays

Kansas State University's Agricultural Research Center-Hays is hosting its Fall Crop Seminar Aug. 26, in the auditorium at the center, located at 1232 240th Ave. in Hays.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

Smart Watering

Keeping enough moisture on flower or vegetable gardens this summer hasn't been as stressful as in years past thanks to the intermittent rain showers. But, if you missed out on some of those rains a garden needs an efficient or smart watering system and the Barton County Conservation District can help you out.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

K-State Southwest Field Day will include field tours, seminars and ag product displays

Kansas State University's Southwest Research-Extension Center will host Field Day 2015 on Thursday, Aug. 27. The day starts with registration, coffee and donuts from 8 to 9:15 a.m. and features field tours, seminars and agricultural product displays.

August 16, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing For The 2016 Wheat Crop – Variety Selection

The last but certainly not the least consideration of wheat producers is variety selection. Before discussing the topic, please make a note of the following webpages for information on wheat varieties.

August 16, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Turf and Flowers at Hays Hort Night

Bring along your friends and neighbors to attend the Horticulture Night at the K-State Ag Research Center in Hays. It is set for Tuesday evening, Aug. 25th. The emphasis will focus on the Prairie Star Flower Performance Trials and the Low- Water Use Turf Demo Plots. The event will occur near the north main entrance roadway through the Center.

August 13, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Wear it well

Throughout the years, I've heard fellas talk about who ought to wear a cowboy hat and who shouldn't. These conversations are littered with the necessary skills a cowboy must acquire to wear a western hat. Some even suggest issuing a license to wear such apparel.

August 09, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Cattle movement estimation study sheds light on disease risk

A new technique developed by a Kansas State University researcher helps estimate the movement of beef cattle to determine the risk of disease.

August 09, 2015 | | Agriculture


Over the past few weeks, I have been receiving many calls about bagworms in area trees. This is the time of year that they are the most visible since the identifying bag that they will overwinter in is large enough to see from a distance. Also, their feeding habits may have defoliated a few branches making them even easier to see. Although bagworms are much easier to control in late May or the end of June when they are smaller, as long as the insect is still feeding on the foliage, they can be controlled. Here is a brief write-up ...

August 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Preparing For The 2016 Wheat Crop – Part II

What's left for producers preparing to plant the 2016 wheat crop after last week's column? Naturally there's plenty including variety selection.

August 09, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

EPA proposes stronger standards for some pesticide applicators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The EPA announced Wednesday it is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply "restricted-use" pesticides. These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bill halting duplicative EPA permit requirement approved by committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced Wednesday the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.

August 07, 2015 | | Agriculture

Plant the seed

The farm has always been a fertile field for producing crops, but it is also an environment rich with learning experiences.

August 02, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Choosing the right variety for next year’s wheat crop

Wheat producers know that diseases and insects can considerably decrease yields and economic returns. K-State Research and Extension plant pathologist Erick De Wolf said 2015 was a big year for diseases-including widespread stripe rust, leaf rust and head scab-affecting the Kansas wheat crop.

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

Wheat plot results

There is a saying about wheat that it has to die at least twice before it can be harvested. That was very much the case with this year's crop. Wheat had to withstand many difficult factors including drought, freezes, rusts and diseases. Even with all of the stressors, the harvest was better than many thought it would be. One way to see how different varieties withstand the same stressors on a given year is to have a wheat plot where you plant them side by side in the same field. By comparing several varieties under the same conditions, you ...

August 02, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Healthy choice

No doubt you've noticed all the soft drinks, flavored water and sports drinks today. They're everywhere.

October 11, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled ...

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Winners crowned at Kansas Junior Livestock Show

Livestock shown by young exhibitors from across the state were named champions at the 83rd Kansas Junior Livestock Show, proudly sponsored by Cargill. During the ...

October 11, 2015 | | Agriculture

Bankers awards

Announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources ...

October 11, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn ...

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a ...

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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