Last week we discussed wheat heading into spring. Today's column focuses on getting ready for the 2016 corn crop. Corn planting, depending on Mother Nature's whims, could start in as little as five weeks, especially dryland corn. For many corn producers what is listed below may have already been decided, especially with discounts for early seed orders and locking in lower prices for inputs. So what goes into getting ready to plant a corn crop? Keep in mind though not mentioned here, the selection of tillage systems plays a large role in some of these decisions.
February 28, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The warm, spring-like temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have been making it hard for people to remember it is still February! The warm sunshine and higher than normal temperatures feel like spring is already here and it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. One thing that is commonly overlooked when it comes to spring planning is soil temperature. Since the air temperature is so warm, it is easy to forget that the soil underneath our feet is still in the 30's right now. I found a short column about soil temperatures and how they can ...
The agricultural industry is entering a period of margin compression, in which revenues are depressed and costs remain elevated, according to Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University associate professor of agricultural economics and director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. As a result, farming profits are expected to be thin, and net incomes are projected to be down in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.
Some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.
February 14, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.
Since it is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to share it with you a short column about flowers which arrived in my email this week. Since Feb. 14, is the biggest day of the year for flower arrangements, here are some helpful tips in making sure your flowers stay beautiful as long as possible!
Barton County Farm Bureau presented each of the county's High School Librarians with a copy of the DVD, Farmland, an in-depth documentary about the next generation of American farmers and ranchers from academy award winning director James Moll. Most Americans have never stepped foot on a working farm or ranch or ever had the opportunity to talk to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland gives us an up close and personal look at six young farmers and ranchers and the latest farming procedures, practices and technologies that are changing and improving the landscape of ...
In the past seven years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Kansas State University $6.5 million to keep a wheat fungus that has had a devastating impact on wheat production in South America out of the United States.
This past week, the Agriculture Department at Barton Community College was privileged to have members of our advisory board on campus for our twice yearly meeting. The purpose is to update these members of the agricultural and school communities where Barton is in its Agriculture Program, what is down the road, and the challenges and opportunities faced in an ever changing world. The last but perhaps most important topic on the agenda is what is on the mind of the leaders of the industry we serve. What are we doing right? What should we be doing? What are their concerns?
February 14, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have a healthy lawn or garden. Without knowing what minerals and nutrients are in the soil, how do you know if your plants will be able to grow and thrive? As long as the ground is not frozen, now can be a good time to get your soil tested. That way, you can know what needs to be added in the spring and be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few quick thoughts from Ward ...
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A five-year partnership agreement between NRCS and the Kansas Forest Service provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality.
throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing to graduate from high school and older nontraditional potential students. One of these events takes place on Leap Day, Feb. 29, a Career and Technical Education Fair from 1 until 3 p.m. that is open to anyone interested. For information or to sign up you may contact Denise Schreiber at (620) 792-9324. Some programs, welding and the natural gas programs for example, are easily seen as technical while some such as nursing and agriculture ...
February 07, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin