Tuesday, June 24 arrived like most mornings in Finney County. The only difference – humidity levels were high and the dew point skied off the chart.
Television, newspapers, magazines and the web are filled with images of starving children – skeleton-like figures crouched like dogs on their haunches while their mothers wail in anguish. Sometimes these pictures from such far-away places as Sudan, Ethiopia or Somalia also include children eating bread, bowls of rice and other staples that may have come from food produced on the fertile land of Kansas farmers and their counterparts across the United States.
Last week's column described conventional breeding techniques for the production of varieties and hybrids. Today's column delves into genetic engineering. Before tackling that it's important to remember that much of today's crop and livestock in large part remain tied entirely or partially to these "conventional" techniques. And no matter how sophisticated genetic manipulation becomes, we still take the materials into the field.
It's Fair time again in Barton County! The youth from all of our communities have been working hard on their various projects, and will be displaying them for the community to see. Whether you enjoy photography, artwork, or livestock, there is something for everyone at the fair.
Have you ever heard about the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop acreage, production or stocks reports and wondered, "How does USDA come up with these crop estimates?" "Why do they impact prices so much?" Or, "why can't USDA get it right?"
"Change is a hard thing to accept, but for ranchers in Kansas things are always changing and successful ranchers are always looking ahead - adapting their management to meet that change," said Tim Christian state coordinator for the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition (KGLC). "Registration is open for the 2014 KGLC range schools and we encourage interested folks to get their names on the list to attend one of two schools."
Brandon Depenbusch, feedyard general manager for Innovative Livestock Services, was one of more than 60 young cattlemen and women selected to participate in the National Cattlemen's Beef Association 35th Young Cattlemen's Conference. Depenbusch was sponsored by Kansas Livestock Association. The YCC program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in your beef industry professionals.
When I was a youngster, one of my favorite places to play on a cold winter day was my Uncle Joe and Aunt Anna's weathered red barn. Uncle Bernie had one too and it was also a must stop when we went to see our cousins.
This isn't the first and probably won't be the last column on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There are many issues constantly brought up in the news, the courts, the Congress, and around the world regarding everything from labelling and safety to the escape of these traits to wild plant/animal populations. This week a brief review of how we breed plants and livestock might be helpful.
Family farms are usually ran with everyone having specific jobs that they are responsible for, that together, make the family farm run smoothly. But what happens when tragically, a part of the family is no longer able to do their part?
WASHINGTON – Brandon Depenbusch, feedyard general manager for Innovative Livestock Services, was one of more than 60 young cattlemen and women selected to participate in the National Cattlemen's Beef Association 35th Young Cattlemen's Conference. Depenbusch was sponsored by Kansas Livestock Association. The YCC program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in your beef industry professionals.
A Kansas State University senior agricultural economist says there's a 70 percent chance an El Niño will arrive this fall - and that's good news for the United States.
Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.
If today's crop of young farmers and ranchers plan to play a part in the future of agriculture, they must position themselves where this industry will be – not where it is.
Wheat harvest started in spots around Great Bend about ten days ago, been interrupted by rains, and slowed by high humidities. As of Thursday, the reports are pretty much what was expected with a few pleasant surprises. There was a fair amount of wheat south of Great Bend and in other areas baled, chopped, or killed off. Of the wheat being cut reports range from the teens to a lot of twentyish bushels per acre to sporadic reports of 35 and even 40 bushels per acre in select areas. Test weight reports are plus or minus 60 pounds per bushel ...
Cattlemen and producers are invited to the Fall Forage Tour, Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1st. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. on both days at the Dale Strickler Farm, one mile south of Courtland on the west side of the highway. Two audiences will benefit from participation in the Fall Forage Tour-cattle producers and those interested in utilizing cover crops to improve soil health. The tour will focus on improving soil productivity by using of cover crops, forages, and perennial grasses.
The fall weather lately has been beautiful, and made it very easy to be outside most weekends. The warm weather will not last much longer, so now is the time to prepare your garden and landscape for the coming spring if you have not already done so. Below, I have found a few pieces of information about fall chores that you may find helpful, and if you would like to learn more about fall prep for a healthy spring landscape, I will be giving a short program at the Extension Office located at 1800 12th Street over the noon hour ...
During the early days of our country, settlers hunted out of necessity. While farming and trading provided them with a great deal of food, it wasn't enough for sustenance. In order to survive, they hunted, fished and trapped wildlife where they lived and worked.
Katherine and Mathew Hicks of Great Bend competed on Oct. 11, at the Kansas State Rabbit Breeders Association annual convention. They participated in the youth individual contests, the royalty contest and youth rabbit shows. Katherine was third runner up in the rabbit judging contest, was a member of the queen court and won the American Chinchilla rabbit show with her home bred, home grown rabbits. Mathew was named the runner up Kansas duke in the royalty contest which is a six-contest skill-a-thon including a six-page written application, a 200-question test, the rabbit judging contest, the rabbit ID contest, showmanship and ...
Livestock producers attending the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita will hear an investigative journalist present the case that nutritional science has it wrong with respect to the healthfulness of meat and dairy products. A tribute to KLA's chief executive, who is stepping down, and comments from one of the nation's largest cattle feeders are other highlights of the convention, set for Dec. 3-5.
While not avoiding this topic, it seemed smart to wait and see how fall harvest and planting progressed. However, as you read this, the area is experiencing early summer, not mid-fall temperatures. First let's look at fall yields followed by winter wheat planting.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
One hundred years ago, Dr. Norman Borlaug was born. His semi-dwarf, disease-resistant wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. It is fitting that the 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, will be awarded on October 16 to a wheat researcher for the first time. And Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is not just any wheat breeder - he was Borlaug's successor.
As the 2014 election races toward the finish line on Nov. 4, candidates from both parties have stooped to their old tricks of slinging mud, name calling and finger pointing at one another. Why can't candidates do what's right for this nation and focus on issues?
In 2014, the average age of a farmer in the United States is 57 years old, yet more individuals continue to farm well past 65 years of age. With the larger value of many farms and ranches today, how will you make sure of a successful transition of the family Farm to the next generation?
To wrap up this discussion, today's column discusses what a producer can do to strive for as efficient an operation as possible with the four factors of production – Land, Labor, Capital, and Management. Please keep in mind that unlike many other enterprises, producers of agricultural products have certain disadvantages including weather, producing a product with a limited shelf life compared to most products, and trying to predict what the factors of production used actually produce. Take a moment to think about the last point – a car manufacturer or a smart phone manufacturer can tell you based upon the inputs ...
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