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Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Dave Schultz – Seed Research Equipment Solutions

Let's go to South Africa. A group of scientists are planting a research plot to evaluate how a crop will perform. They are using a specialized planter which provides precise control and data on seed spacing and placement. Would you believe, this planter comes from halfway around the globe in the middle of Kansas?

June 21, 2015 | Ron Wilson director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University | Agriculture

Avian Flu

Avian Influenza has been in the local news many times over the last several months. Bird flu, as it is otherwise called first infected humans in China in 1997. In 2003, a larger outbreak of the flu crossing species barriers caused the World Health Organization to keep a closer eye on it and track the two potential viruses that are able to infect not just birds, but mammals including humans as well. The two strains of the virus that have crossed the species barrier are HH5N1 and H7N9 with possible pandemic threats since humans do not have any immunity to ...

June 21, 2015 | | Agriculture

Agriculture – Separating Fact From Fiction

We live in the Age of Information. Twenty-four hour news channels, Twitter, the internet, and various forms of social media are prevalent. Many argue, and correctly, that having instant platforms for information and instant access to information is a good thing. However, there is a downside – a lack of vetting of what is presented as data and fact. In the "Good Old Days" news outlets took great pains to verify facts and researchers needed to have articles reviewed by peers for the veracity of the methods used, the analysis of the data, and the conclusions made. While this still happens ...

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Be wise to the ways of the rays

The next time you take time out of the sun, dust off one of those old family photo albums. You know the ones that date back to the '30s, '40s, '50s and even early '60s. If your family farmed you'll see photos of your relatives attired in wide-brimmed hats.

June 14, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Sycamore Anthracnose

Over the past few weeks, many of the phone calls and house visits have concerned one thing, Sycamore trees looking sick. Many of the Sycamore tree leaves in the area are turning brown in spots, and are dropping off the tree leaving it looking stressed early in the growing season. I have went and checked out several of the trees that are having this issue, and it seems to be Sycamore Anthracnose.

June 14, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Corn and Soybean Production – Heat and Light Part II

The first part of this series described how the growth of crops like corn is driven by heat accumulation. For corn the accumulation of heat determines the growth stage of the plant. Naturally light, water, and nutrients are important but heat accumulation determines the rate of growth. For crops such as soybeans heat is certainly important and the proper temperature range enhances growth but day length, or more precisely night length determine the onset of flowering and therefore bean production. So how is soybean production in Kansas determined by light?

June 14, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Better prospects for 2015 wheat harvest

Travel through northwestern Kansas and you'll see plenty of variability in the winter wheat crop.

June 07, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Corn and Soybean Production – Heat and Light Part I

If you have been paying attention to farm news in our region, you heard concerns about getting the corn crop in the ground as it was getting late for planting. You seldom hear those concerns in Kansas regarding soybeans. Have you ever wondered why? Well it has to do with the difference in the importance of heat and light for these crops.

June 07, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Wheat flag smut

This year has been ideal for disease issues in the wheat field. Agronomists across the state have reported widespread rust disease, as well as wheat streak mosaic in many areas. Now, there have been reports of wheat flag smut detected in Kansas as well. It has not been confirmed in Barton County, but be on the lookout in your fields for it. This is a manageable issue, but bears keeping a close eye on. The following column gives you some more information about Flag Smut from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Check and search for Wheat ...

June 07, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Tell the livestock story

Today's livestock producers work in a noble profession. Unfortunately, not everyone believes this so people who care for animals must understand how consumers think and feel. Get inside their heads, if you will.

May 31, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Too much water

Since I have been the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County, my columns have centered on the drought, and how you can water effectively to help your plants through the stressful times. Well, now the pendulum has swung the other direction, and many are wondering how all of this water will affect their plants. I found a couple of short columns from Ward Upham, KSRE Horticulture expert on a few water issues that are on many people's minds.

May 31, 2015 | | Agriculture

Wheat and Summer Crops – An Update

The past week brought more precipitation and as this column is being written, Thursday morning, more is expected. Where does that leave the area in terms of the upcoming wheat harvest and our summer crops?

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

17 year cicadas

This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.

May 24, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

FFA members to gather in Manhattan for annual state convention

One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 87th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 27, and run through Friday, May 29.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Successful farming

Travel out to the fields of Kansas during October and you'll see them teeming with fall harvest. Combines chomp through the fields of corn ...

October 04, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock; 48 states and Puerto Rico

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Commodity Commission candidates face Nov. 30 filing deadline

Grain growers in eastern Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum ...

October 04, 2015 | | Agriculture

Growing issues outside of soil tests

A soil test is imperative to showing what nutrients are in the soil so that your plants can utilize them to grow. Sometimes though, a ...

October 04, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sorghum tour

On Oct, 8, there will be a Sorghum plot tour in Russell and Ellsworth counties. Barton County and the Midway District of K-State Research and ...

September 27, 2015 | | Agriculture

Journey’s end?

Communication and the written word isn't what it used to be. Neither is the King's English, grammar, punctuation or just about any integral ...

September 27, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System observes National Farm Safety and Health Week

The service area for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System is largely rural in population and ranks as one of the nations' top centers for agriculture production.

September 27, 2015 | Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO | Agriculture

Why Wheat Works in Kansas

Wheat planting season is here and some fields are already starting to emerge in spite of the rather hot, dry conditions. Wheat and for those ...

September 27, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Sweeping study of U.S. farm data shows loss of crop diversity the past 34 years

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Keep kids safe this harvest

Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It's even more difficult during harvest season – a peak time ...

September 20, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Spring stable fly control starts in winter

The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day planned for Sept. 24

Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are among those on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Entries for Kansas Junior Livestock Show set record

The 83rd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), proudly sponsored by Cargill, promises to be a big event, with 738 youth from 87 counties entering ...

September 20, 2015 | | Agriculture

Microbes, Soil Health, and Crop Production

When we think about microbes (bacteria, fungi, and other organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye) we often term them germs and ...

September 20, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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