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Wheat could should show damage from cold

During the past few weeks, our weather has been less than ideal for our developing wheat crop. There have been several instances of frost and freezing temperatures reported, and a few fields have sustained freeze damage. This past weekend, we in Barton County were spared the winter storm that caused significant damage to crops in Western Kansas. The wheat in our area may still show signs of damage from the colder temperatures even though we did not get quite as cold, or have snow as in other portions of the state. Below is a little more information about freezing temperatures ...

May 06, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


2017 Wheat Tour, Day 1: Too early to know full extent of damage

"It's too early to tell," was the theme of day one of the 2017 Wheat Quality Council's Hard Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas.

May 06, 2017 | BY MARSHA BOSWELL Director of Communications, Kansas Wheat Council | Agriculture


Be aware of agriculture safety

There is a great deal happening this time of year. Classes at Barton Community College are over and it is finals and graduation week. Area schools are in the home stretch. A blizzard this past week in western Kansas hurt an already disease stressed wheat crop. Heavy rains in our area have delayed corn planting and input application. One event that likely passed under the radar was the Tractor Safety Class conducted by Barton County Extension Office.

May 06, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Essential micro-nutrients for plants

This week's column finishes the discussion of essential plant nutrients with the micro-nutrients. These are necessary for the plant to complete its life cycle but are needed in very small amounts compared to the macro-nutrients. The positively charged micro-nutrients are Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), and Nickel (Ni). The negatively charged anions are Boron (B), Molybdenum (Mo), and Chlorine (Cl). Nickel was the last essential element identified and other than knowing it is essential, we know very little about it and deficiencies are almost nonexistent. So what do these elements do that makes them essential?

April 29, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Wheat tour participants scout for rust, viruses

Nearly 90 grain traders, government officials, reporters, millers and even a few farmers start the 2017 Wheat Quality Council's Hard Winter Wheat Tour on May 1. Over the three-day tour, they will canvass the state's wheat crop from Manhattan to Colby to Wichita and back again. Along the way, they will stop every 15 miles or so to estimate yields in wheat fields on their routes. At the end, the results will be compiled into a yield estimate average for the Kansas hard red winter wheat crop.

April 29, 2017 | By Marsha Boswell Kansas Wheat Commission | Agriculture


Dress for safety in the field

As spring rolls around and field work picks up, so does the potential for farm accidents. Tractor overturns remain the leading cause of death for farmers, ranchers and workers.

April 29, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Field bindweed

Field bindweed is difficult to control, especially for homeowners, but there are options.

April 29, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Winter annual weeds are here

At this time of year, I tend to get questions about the purple flowers or dandelions in home lawns and what can be done now to get rid of them. The answer is really nothing right now. These winter annuals are nearing the end of their life cycle, and it is neither the time nor financially feasible to do anything about them at this point. I found a short article from the K-State Research and Extension Horticulture department regarding winter annual weeds, and what you can do to eventually remove them from your lawn.

April 22, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm and ranchland sales increase

OMAHA, Neb. – Farmers National Company reports that real estate sales volume is up 21 percent during the first half of its fiscal year compared to last year and up 38 percent from a year earlier with an increase in both individual sales transactions and acres sold.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

April 22, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Secondary nutrients

This week's column discusses the macronutrients known as secondary nutrients: Sulfur (S), Calcium (Ca), and Magnesium (Mg). Calcium and magnesium are found as cations, positively charged ions in the soil, while sulfur is typically found as sulfate, an anion, negatively charged.

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Storytelling festival coming to Downs

Storytelling, as we know it, began with the advent of man and woman on the earth.

April 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat rust

With our recent rains and its welcome moisture, rust can become an issue in wheat on susceptible varieties. I thought this week that I would share a report from K-State Research and Extension agronomy on the status of stripe and leaf rust in the state, as well as an outlook on what may happen in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about rust, when to treat, or which treatments to use, KSRE has several publications for many of your questions.

April 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Essential nutrients for plants: P & K

This week's column finishes the discussion of the macronutrients known as primary nutrients Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). First though, here's hoping everyone is having a happy Easter Weekend. Second, the moisture situation continues to improve wheat and there is a chance for significant rain for most of the state over the past week and continuing into this week. The only down side is the need to get corn in the ground. And we are fortunate to have warm but not high temperatures. Now on to P and K.

April 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Tractor safety offered to teens

One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagers. Agriculture is a family based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education, learning what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.

April 08, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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USDA processing pending CRP continuous enrollment offers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve ...

October 14, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Specialty Crop Survey results complete

MANHATTAN - Recent years have seen increased enthusiasm for specialty crop agriculture, and opportunities for growth exist in this sector of agriculture throughout Kansas. To support ...

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Rains causing delay in wheat planting

Precipitation in the Kansas wheat growing region during the period of Oct. 2-8 brought anywhere from <0.6 of an inch in the far western ...

October 13, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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 ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

October 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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