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Fall extension programs listed

As fall is swiftly approaching, the Cottonwood Extension District and K-State Research and Extension are planning some programs for the second half of September. If you have any questions about any of these programs, you can contact me at the Barton County office by calling 620-793-1910, or email me at

September 09, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Farm Bureau leadership program accepting applications

MANHATTAN - Kansas Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for the fourth class of Leadership KFB through Oct. 1. The year-long program focuses on creating influential thought leaders who will engage, create change and look for solutions, not only in agriculture, but also in counties and communities across the state.

September 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

The untold story

Whether a writer has written for 40 months or 40 years, most of us have collected, filed or shelved evidence of our work. The amount varies from a few stories, to several boxes and to possibly hundreds of gigabytes.

September 09, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Let 'em know

Corn, bean and milo fields attract deer and other hooved animals like moths to a flame. Feedlots do the same especially during winter with extended periods of cold weather, heavy snowfall or crusty snow cover.

September 05, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Essential skills working in agriculture

In this past Thursday's Tribune on the opinion page there was a column by Veronica Coons. The column mentioned a firm was expanding into Hoisington and the head of the firm, which has multiple locations, was lamenting the lack of quality workers. He spoke to a lack of what society terms "soft skills" or skills in addition to those unique for a given profession. Items such as punctuality, responsibility, dedication, and so on.

September 01, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

The green bridge to diseased wheat

The weather recently provided moisture and more moderate temperatures. Good for finishing off summer row crops, except needing heat to move corn and milo to the finish line, and for those looking forward to planting the 2018 wheat crop in a few weeks. There is one added benefit that many may over look – controlling the green bridge.

August 26, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Students awarded Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates

MANHATTAN - Twenty-four students from four schools in Kansas, including Ellsworth, have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. Of these, 20 were awarded the general certificate, three were awarded the animal science certificate, and one student was awarded the plant systems certificate. Ellsworth High School students included: David Koralek III, Amy Westerman and Patrick Zamrzla.

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Pre-plant wheat school offered

Farmers, are you needing to pick a new variety of wheat or having problems with weed control?

August 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Small movie theaters a dying breed

It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I'm talking about – those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee.

August 26, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

The unintended consequences of new GMO soybeans

Most of the area has received significant, beneficial rains over the last ten days. While it won't "make" the soybean and milo crops, it certainly helps. The rains are also longer lasting with the higher humidities and lower temperatures. Things have improved dramatically but we still need timely rains, warm temperatures, and an average hard frost date. Now on to today's topic.

August 19, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Rush County Conservation District will host two Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses this week. These full-day trainings will provide the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Modern farm families steeped in core values

Seems some people outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks tend to question corporate farming whether family owned or not.

August 19, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Farm Bureau holds 99th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau Association held its Annual Dinner Meeting at the Barton Community College Student Union on Aug. 10. Seventy-five members and guests were present for the presentation of the 2017 Barton County Farm Family of the Year to Brad and Andrea Birzer.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Agriculture: Short-term versus long-term gain, part II

Today's column finishes a two-part story regarding Roundup Ready technology and the unintended consequences of long-term vs. short-term thinking. Remember Roundup Ready soybeans crushed the DuPont STS competition.

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

How to fight the blight

The "tree calls" have truly been pouring in lately. A number of pine trees in our area have been turning brown in places. The culprit in many cases is tip blight. The past two springs we have experienced wetter than normal weather patterns that have helped this fungus gain a hold. On top of that, older trees that were compromised from the drought several years ago and have damaged root systems, and are having a hard time combating the disease.

August 11, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

Herbicide resistant weeds

Kansas State University researchers have discovered how weeds develop resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate, a finding that could have broad future implications in agriculture ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

It’s terribly dry

Unless something changes in the moisture situation, Barb Downey and husband, Joe Carpenter will not burn their grassland in the Flint Hills this season. The ...

March 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agriculture and STEM

The drought continues to intensify and indications are rain may be sparse until at least May. That doesn't mean absolutely no precipitation in the ...

March 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Food drive campaign kicks off Kansas Ag Month

MANHATTAN - Kansas Agriculture Month kicked off on March 5 with the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive to reduce hunger in Kansas communities. Harvesters in ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Storm fury on the plains

Every seasoned Kansan knows we live in smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley. The Heartland of America boasts one of the most tornado active ...

March 12, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lesser Prairie Chicken survey

BOISE, Idaho – Aerial surveys will be begin March 16 and continue through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie chicken habitat, including Kansas. The surveys ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Commission elected for grain commodities

MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybean ...

March 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Drought and La Nina

Even with a severe lack of moisture, if you take a moment and look around the countryside, you will notice the 2018 wheat crop is ...

March 10, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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