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 state is listed as being abnormally dry by the National Drought Mitigation Center located in Lincoln, Neb. In fact, except for a tiny slice of the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma, the region, including Nebraska, is in great shape for soil moisture heading into wheat ripening and harvest and the planting of the region's summer crops. But as always, producers realize this condition can change fairly rapidly. However, the forecast through June is for above normal ...
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 year, the rains came late to the fields, and at some point, people were wondering if there would be much of a crop. The rains did come, and the wheat flourished with it, but with the rains came the diseases. Rust, smut, and scab have been found in fields. Some varieties of wheat have responded to the pressures better than others as can be seen in the two wheat plots that K-State Research and Extension ...
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 this accomplishment required much more than simply attending classes and studying. Colleges such as Barton serve a diverse student population. There really isn't a typical profile for a Barton student. Many balance work, family, and other responsibilities with academics. Congratulations to them and all the area graduates from our high schools and other institutions of higher learning.
A new joint study by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics and the University of Georgia shows lenders from across the nation are expecting the financial outlook for farmers to tighten in the upcoming seasons.
May is an excellent time to fertilize cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization. May is a good time to fertilize because the springtime flush of growth characteristic of these grasses has tapered off, so the fertilizer you apply will be less likely to cause excessive shoot growth than if you fertilized at a full rate in April. Slow-release nitrogen sources are ideal. These nitrogen sources promote controlled growth, which is ...
The month of May has been declared Kansas Beef Month, according to a proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state's ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state's agricultural success.
Before today's topic, there's some good news. As of last Thursday, all of Kansas is out of drought conditions and only a small area east of here is rated as abnormally dry. That includes a sliver of Barton, most of Rice and part of Northern Reno County. Unless the weather turns of exceptionally hot and dry, everything is in position soil moisture wise for a good wheat crop. Also there is good moisture to plant corn, soybean, and grain sorghum into and provide for good early growth.
Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many growers looking into fungicide options. Here is a quick Q&A from Eric DeWolf, K-State Research and Extension Plant Pathologist to help answer a few questions you may have on your options.
If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had drought tolerant wheat, or maybe even wheat with resistance to common pests?
Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless series of questions," said DeAnn Presley, Kansas State University associate professor of agronomy. That's where an interactive web site can be a big help.
Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or cropping/livestock production strategies to minimize the risk of failure. We most often associate risk management with money, economic survival. What can we do to stay in business and make sure our operation can stay in business and hopefully turn a decent profit? Today, let's focus on another form of risk management – avoiding serious injury and even death on the farm.