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Pre-plant wheat school

Believe it or not, fall is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to plant the 2017 wheat crop. Right now many producers are thinking about the different attributes that go into picking a variety of wheat to plant for the next year. Decisions to be made about a specific variety include disease resistance, straw strength, and drought hardiness to name a few. Other decisions that need to be thought over before planting even starts might include seed treatment options, drill performance and timing.

August 06, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

The Importance of Weight and Measures in Agriculture (Part II)

Last week's column was a brief review of what a commercial scale is and what is legally required for it to be used to buy and/or sell an item or product. This week, let's go over what as a buyer or seller you should expect under Kansas Statute. This applies to both the agricultural community and consumers.

August 06, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Summit on Agricultural Growth to be held August 30

Leaders from across the state will focus on the future of agriculture this month as the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host the 2016 Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth on Tuesday, August 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Conference Center. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.

August 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Vote – make a difference

A wise man once said, If you don't vote, someone else is voting for you on issues that are important in your life. This is particularly true as we head into the final stretch of the election season.

July 30, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas producers reminded of nearing deadline to submit nominations for Farm Service Agency County C

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian Polansky, SED, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

July 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Sugarcane aphid

This week's column is an excerpt from the e-Update that is released by the K-State Research and Extension Agronomy Department. Sugarcane aphid is back in Kansas, and could very well be a major issue in Sorghum fields very soon. If you think you have sugarcane aphid in your field you can contact me at 620-793-1910.

July 30, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

The Importance of Weight and Measures in Agriculture (Part I)

First, let's update the drought monitor. As of Tuesday only small parts of the state were rated as abnormally dry, even with the heat of the previous week and not counting any precipitation over the last five days. Now, why discuss today's topic? Sound kind of dull doesn't it? Believe it or not the science of weighing and measuring, metrology, is vital in all aspects of your life and no more so than in the area of agriculture. Barton Community College is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture providing continuing education and testing for the scale ...

July 30, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances for rain. We cope with heat through air-conditioning, drinking plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately, finding shade, and sweating. But have you ever wondered how crop plants cope with excessive temperatures or why plants wilt? They can't hide or sweat but within limits they have very effective coping mechanisms. Please keep in mind this is the Readers' Digest version.

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some may see a 10 -15 percent savings. On the average food bill, this could mean $600 - $1,000 a year.

July 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled with low grain prices, the Posted County Price has been below the Barton County Loan rate of 3.14, triggering LDPs.

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat.

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a crop at all this year, to one of the best wheat harvests in many years. Since our county has such a variety of soil type and textures, I was fortunate to be able to have two producers willing to plant a demonstration plot for me. This gave the producers with different tilling practices, as well as soil types a better look at how the wheat was developing based on the situation they have on their ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It appears, based on forecasts, the area will experience above normal temperatures over the next month and equal chances of above or below normal precipitation.

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Fall Weather and Agriculture

The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal ...

October 22, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas byway celebrates agriculture

Oct. 6, marked the dedication of the first byway to exclusively celebrate agriculture in this country. Located in far western Kansas and named the "Land ...

October 22, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lady beetles

they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators ...

October 22, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

KDA welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will ...

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during ...

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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