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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 07, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Butterfly migration

Lately the area has been inundated with butterflies migrating. Many assume that it is the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, and you would be partially correct in that assumption. Another species has joined the monarch this year in great numbers, the Painted Lady. I found a piece by K-State Research and Extension's entomology department explaining a little about them, and why their numbers are so much higher this year.

October 07, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Time-tested weather sayings

For the first time last week a touch of fall filled the early morning air. With the coming of autumn and approach of winter, it's fun to recall some of the time-tested weather sayings.

October 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Women on the farm hosts "Meals Under Pressure"

RUSH CENTER - Ever wondered how to make a meal faster? What about cooking that frozen meat that you forgot to thaw and having it cooked for supper? Do you shudder when you hear the word pressure cooker, either because you know they are dangerous or you have recollections about rubbery meat? Have you wondered about all of the hype of an electric pressure cooker?

October 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Agriculture and the Insect Dilemma Part III

First, let's discuss last week's precipitation a bit. The area received rainfall at the beginning of last week. Western Kansas and much of our area received significant rainfall and areas to the south of Barton County were under a flood watch for a bit. Amounts locally appeared to range for around an inch to over four inches. This certainly helps but doesn't eliminate for many acres a lack of soil moisture. The top part of the soil profile is in pretty good shape for most but subsoil moisture in many places is short. This is enough to ...

September 30, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

KLA Young Stockmen's academy goes on tours

TOPEKA - The third installment of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA) was held Sept. 18-20. The group of 20 young producers spent three days touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in southern and western Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the YSA program.

September 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

A corn crop for the ages

One hundred forty-bushel dryland corn in Norton County?

September 30, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

AG Schmitdt: 'Do it right' on WOTUS withdrawal

TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to withdraw the Obama-era "Waters of the U.S." Rule, which has been blocked by federal court orders since October 2015.

September 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Pesticide training course planned

The Cottonwood Extension District, Great Bend office has partnered with the Pesticide Safety and integrated pest management program to host an upcoming training course. The course will be a part of Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification training. The focus of this training will be Ag Wildlife damage control.

September 30, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

Milo plot tour set for Oct. 4

This year, growing sorghum had many challenges, but thankfully, we have so far been blessed with a slow migration of the sugarcane aphid. Chinch bugs and headworms were a bigger issue this year, but compared to the sugarcane aphid last year, they were easily controlled if needed.

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

No more bacon and eggs?

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

September 16, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agriculture and the insect dilemma - Part I

Corn harvest is slowly ramping up, soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves, milo fields are all over the place and fields are being prepared for the 2018 wheat crop. Milo and wheat producers are considering potential insect and arachnid pest problems. We tend to only think of insects as a negative in food production and they certainly can be. However, let's take a step back and consider the insects from a broader perspective.

September 16, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Control volunteer wheat

What can be done to prevent another widespread occurrence of wheat streak mosaic virus, High Plains virus, and triticum mosaic virus in wheat this coming season? There are several things producers can do: delay planting dates as long as feasible, control any significant stands of green foxtail and barnyard grass near fields that will be planted to wheat, and plant wheat varieties with resistance to wheat streak mosaic.

September 16, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Junior Livestock Show celebrates 85th year

HUTCHINSON – The Kansas Junior Livestock Show, sponsored by Cargill, will celebrate its 85th year by hosting 812 youth from 95 counties who have entered 2,033 animals. This is the largest number of youth entered in more than 20 years. The livestock total includes 130 market steers, 334 breeding heifers, 262 market hogs, 275 breeding gilts, 325 market lambs, 316 breeding ewes, 220 meat goats and 171 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

The benefits of agricultural employment

While the title may sound a bit dry, the topic really isn't. This past Tuesday, the Barton Community College's Agriculture Program held its fall Ag Advisory Board meeting. This is a chance for the Ag Program to touch base with the members of the Ag industry and area educators who support the program, inform them as to what's happening, what's new, and maybe most importantly what's on their minds. What can we do better? What is new out there we should be aware of? What are we missing? How can we address the concerns of ...

September 09, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | 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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