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Cool season grasses

Cool season grasses such as Fescue are some of the most popular turf in the state. There are specific chores that you can do to help ensure that your lawn looks its very best. The following suggestions are for cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue. Zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and buffalograss are warm-season grasses and require a different maintenance regime and will be covered at a later time.

March 04, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Ag Education Symposium

A free Ag Education Symposium will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hoisington Recreation Center Meeting Room, 1200 Susank Road in

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Where Did It Come From?

With all the "heavy" and concerning news across the board and in agriculture, maybe something a little less serious, a bit fun, and accidentally educational is in order. There are many terms in agriculture and around food production. Some still in common use while some are a bit archaic. Let's just tackle a few of them see how they came about and what they mean.

March 04, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


America’s most admired

Nobody likes us. Everyone's out to get us. We can't buy a break.

February 25, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Pruning shrubs

Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e., witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. Shrubs are pruned to maintain or reduce size, rejuvenate growth, or to remove diseased, dead or damaged branches. Deciduous shrubs are those that lose their leaves each ...

February 25, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What does the 2017 Cropping Season Look Like?

As this is being written, the drought monitor update for the past week hasn't been released. It will likely look the same as last week with a doughnut hole of sorts for North Central, Northeast and South Central Kansas in pretty good shape but with that area shrinking as more abnormally dry conditions creep in. The western third of Kansas is in moderate drought with severe drought expanding in Southwest Kansas. Above normal temperatures will work to deplete soil moisture. Wheat is greening up and ready for spring. So what does the Spring/Summer forecast look like? Where is ...

February 25, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Winter wheat a mixed bag

Kansas farmers and ranchers have always faced challenges in their livelihoods. It comes with the territory.

February 18, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Soil testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...

February 18, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Careers In Agriculture

With the start of a new Congress and Administration in Washington along with the start of a new session in Topeka, much of the discussion always seems to turn to the need for "good" jobs and education. With education the discussion naturally gravitates towards the high cost of four-year institutions and the debt accumulated by students and their families for a degree, if they even actually graduate. So how does that relate to agriculture?

February 18, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Local Working Group meeting

The Barton County Conservation District board of supervisors will hold a Local Working Group (LWG) meeting 8 a.m. on March 1, at at The USDA Service Center located at 1520 Kansas AVE, in Great Bend.

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Kansas conservation group makes good showing at National meeting

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) board President, Bill Simshauser, stated that, "Kansas was very well represented at the recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. We were honored as being in the top 10 in the total amount of dues paid by Kansas Conservation Districts. Kansas also received an award for completing training for Supervisors." In other business Ronald Brown, KACD board member from Fort Scott, Kansas was recognized for his four years of being on the NACD executive board. Bevin Law, KACD board member from Longford, KS was sworn in to the executive ...

February 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Trade already

U.S. agriculture needs the Trump administration to strongly support the crops and livestock this nation's farmers produce. Our government must commit to becoming the best we can be in international trade. If we conducted trade the same way we produced food, we wouldn't have trouble moving agricultural products to people who need them overseas.

February 11, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tomatoes

The recent weather that we have had has made it hard to wait for spring. I have even seen posts online of the first plants beginning to peak out from the ground! For vegetable gardeners, the time can also be spent indoors starting seeds to transplant to the garden when the soil temperatures are warmer. This week, I found a short article from out Horticulture department about the different types of tomatoes and what they will do for you in your garden. This can help when you are shopping for tomatoes so that you know what you are getting before ...

February 11, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Agriculture and the Scientific Method

With all the changes in Washington since the first of the year, there is a great deal of turmoil in various agencies regarding what is and isn't "true." What is and isn't fact. There are many sources disputing the validity of scientific research. True research involves the scientific method and involves rigorous review of findings. Can this work be duplicated? The scientific method is defined simply by the OED as "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses ...

February 11, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Look ahead

High yields and low prices characterize Kansas commodities. Discouraged, pure and simple. The family farm: Withering on the vine. There will be a moment of truth.

February 04, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Losing Our Most Valuable Natural Resource – Wind Erosion Part I

Wheat harvest is progressing as this is written and if the Thursday night storms hold off, harvest should be in full swing. And before discussing ...

June 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fire up the grill the summer

Summer means warmer temperatures and longer days, which in turn means barbecues fire up across Kansas. At my home, the choice for outdoor cooking will ...

June 17, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Prepare garden flowers for summer

The flower gardens have been in full bloom and are looking spectacular this year. You can tell that there is a lot of pride and ...

June 10, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA Farm Service Agency County committee nomination period begins June 15

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15.

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


KSU’s quarter-scale tractor teams back in winners’ circle

MANHATTAN - The Kansas State University Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Teams, formerly Powercat Tractors, came home with two top-five finishes in the 20th annual American Society ...

June 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Losing our most valuable natural resource – introduction

On Wednesday a load of wheat was delivered to an elevator in Moundridge and test cutting is ongoing and the 2017 wheat harvest is underway ...

June 10, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Never say ‘Just a farmer’

While I hoped I'd never hear this phrase roll of the lips off a farmer or rancher again, I did the other day. I ...

June 10, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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