Last week, area farmers met in a wheat field to survey our Extension wheat plot. It is taller than a lot of the stands around the county, but you can still see some of the stress that the frigid winter, cool spring, varying temperatures and overall drought has caused. The difference here is that there were fifteen different varieties to look at and compare all in a row. Every year wheat plots are important to the community in order to help producers make decisions on what seed they will want to plant for the following year. Having several different varieties ...
Last week's column briefly described weather, climate, global climate, and the atmosphere as a global system redistributing energy received from sunlight due to the tilt of the Earth's axis. Everything naturally moves from a higher to a lower concentration and nature seeks equilibrium or the lowest energy state. Finally, certain gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allow visible light through but don't let heat (longwave radiation) back out. Next a brief description of the what and why of global warming with apologies for the simplification.
On Saturday, March 12th, the Kansas Graizers hosted a low stress livestock handling workshop presented by Dr. Lynn Locatelli in Salina Ks. Dr Locatelli is a livestock handling specialist who gave a, deep, thoughtful, presentation to a full-house eager to learn more about low stress livestock handling.
There's an old saying that goes something like this: "Sometimes you have to look back on where you've been to know where you're going." While I'm not a fanatic about history, I believe it certainly has its place in our society today.
This spring, I have had several calls about evergreen trees. People have noticed that their spruce trees are turning brown, usually at the ends of the branches. The question is whether or not this is a disease. In many cases, it is not and is because of the extreme cold temperatures this past winter. The key elements here are timing of damage and location of damage. In terms of timing, the trees were fine last fall and then damage showed up this winter. The location of the damage is at the end of the branches and in a lot of ...
A proposed rule that would expand the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could bring farming and ranching to a halt. Ordinary field work and everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture, planting crops and even harvest may one day require a federal permit.
Did you know that when it comes to planting wheat, there is a lot of discussion and planning even before it is put into the ground? There are many issues and situations to think about before purchasing and planting a specific variety. At K-State Research and Extension, one of the many projects that we try to do for the community is to find a producer that is ready and willing to have a wheat variety plot on his land. The seed companies for the area including K-State usually donate the seed for the plot while the producer plants the wheat ...
The National Climate Assessment was recently released and it focused on Global Warming and its short and long-term effects. This column isn't intended to change anyone's mind either way on the subject but to provide some information and hopefully make it easier to shift through all the dross out there.
It's in your margarine, bread, crayons and building materials, but you probably don't realize it. Soybeans are everywhere.
This past week was difficult to cope with whether you were a farmer or lived in town. Over five days of wind combined with dry conditions and exposed soil made lives difficult for everyone. As dramatic as the winds and blowing soil were, the 1930s were even worse. The cost of blowing soil included a vehicular death due to poor visibility and numerous accidents. In parts of the state roads were closed and events cancelled. As this is written, the wind has settled down and the skies are blue instead of a hazy brown. Unfortunately there is little chance of ...
The Wheat Quality Council 2014 Hard Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up on May 1. Crop scouts estimated production for the Kansas crop at 260.6 million bushels. This is the lowest tour estimate since 1996. The average yield, calculated from 587 stops, was 33.2 bushels per acre.
Now that spring is in full swing, people have been noticing some dieback or brown areas in their evergreens. I thought I would share an article sent to me by the K-State Plant Pathology department. If you are concerned about your evergreen trees, this piece might help. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me and I will help find an answer to your question.
Once again farmers and ranchers are scratching their heads about how the new CDL (commercial driver's license) regulations will impact them when they transport livestock and crops to market.
With more than 5.5 million cattle on farms, ranches and in feedyards, Kansas is a recognized epicenter for high-quality beef. To honor Kansas beef producers for this accomplishment, and highlight an industry that generates more than $7 billion in cash receipts each year, Governor Sam Brownback has designated May as Beef Month across the state.
This column isn't about groundwater or irrigation. It's not about building a pipeline from the Missouri River. Today's column is about how area agriculture can maximize the efficiency of precipitation in a climate, which at least in the near term, is short on precipitation. These suggestions have merit, even under more normal conditions.
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 ...
Amongst rotary hydroponics filled with growing greens and vertical gardens hydrated by aquaponics, Maize High agriculture education and culinary program students mingled with state and national leaders in agriculture, education and nutrition services. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed October as Kansas Farm to School Month and Oct. 6-10 as Kansas Farm to School Week. Leaders took student-led tours of the Maize USD 266 Farm to School and culinary programs to learn more about food education. Kansas Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Jake Worcester was joined by Kansas Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food ...
Farms and ranches offer children a unique environment in which to live, play, work and grow up.
More than 75 Farm Bureau members of Kansas have taken leadership positions within their farm organization and will serve on the organization's agricultural advisory committees. Members on the eight state ag advisory committees surface commodity-specific issues, discuss solutions and make recommendations to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
This past week I was able to assist with planting the K-State Research and Extension wheat plot. David H Strecker offered to plant the demonstration plot on his mother's land just south of Galatia. This year, David decided on sixteen different varieties plus a check strip on either side. David will treat this plot just like the rest of the field, monitoring growth, fertilizing, spraying, and keeping it growing like the field it is surrounded by. I will also monitor the plot, watch the different varieties and take note the ones that are faring the best on that field ...
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