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Flag smut

Last year, flag smut was found in the wheat fields of Kansas for the first time in 80 years. It was only found in low levels in Barton County, but it is a good idea to keep a lookout. While flag smut does not have an effect on the quality of the grain itself, it is an export issue with several countries so it can affect the economy. This week, I have found a short Q and A that goes over the importance of flag smut and how to control it in the coming years. If you do suspect that ...

May 21, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Is Conventional Agriculture “Safe?”

Before starting today's topic, Kansas reached a bit of a milestone this week. As of this past Tuesday not one square foot of the state is listed as being abnormally dry by the National Drought Mitigation Center located in Lincoln, Neb. In fact, except for a tiny slice of the Texas panhandle/Oklahoma, the region, including Nebraska, is in great shape for soil moisture heading into wheat ripening and harvest and the planting of the region's summer crops. But as always, producers realize this condition can change fairly rapidly. However, the forecast through June is for above normal ...

May 21, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Unspoken values

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother's udder.

May 14, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat plot tour

The 2016 wheat crop is following the old adage that the plant has to die nine times before it comes to harvest. As in last year, the rains came late to the fields, and at some point, people were wondering if there would be much of a crop. The rains did come, and the wheat flourished with it, but with the rains came the diseases. Rust, smut, and scab have been found in fields. Some varieties of wheat have responded to the pressures better than others as can be seen in the two wheat plots that K-State Research and Extension ...

May 14, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Efficiency And Agriculture

Before addressing efficiency in agriculture, congratulations are in order for all those students who graduated this past Friday night from Barton Community College. For many this accomplishment required much more than simply attending classes and studying. Colleges such as Barton serve a diverse student population. There really isn't a typical profile for a Barton student. Many balance work, family, and other responsibilities with academics. Congratulations to them and all the area graduates from our high schools and other institutions of higher learning.

May 14, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions

A new joint study by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics and the University of Georgia shows lenders from across the nation are expecting the financial outlook for farmers to tighten in the upcoming seasons.

May 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Yolks for healthy folks

When it comes to protein, eggs remain the gold standard, because the high quality protein in eggs provides the mental and physical energy we all need.

May 07, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fertilize cool season lawns

May is an excellent time to fertilize cool-season lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization. May is a good time to fertilize because the springtime flush of growth characteristic of these grasses has tapered off, so the fertilizer you apply will be less likely to cause excessive shoot growth than if you fertilized at a full rate in April. Slow-release nitrogen sources are ideal. These nitrogen sources promote controlled growth, which is ...

May 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


May is proclaimed Kansas Beef Month

The month of May has been declared Kansas Beef Month, according to a proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state's ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state's agricultural success.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat Tour Day 2

After day two of the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour 2016, scouts had visited 606 stops and calculated an average yield of 48.2 bushels per acre, up from the 34.4 bushel per acre estimate in 2015.

May 07, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


When Crops Are Ready To Harvest

Before today's topic, there's some good news. As of last Thursday, all of Kansas is out of drought conditions and only a small area east of here is rated as abnormally dry. That includes a sliver of Barton, most of Rice and part of Northern Reno County. Unless the weather turns of exceptionally hot and dry, everything is in position soil moisture wise for a good wheat crop. Also there is good moisture to plant corn, soybean, and grain sorghum into and provide for good early growth.

May 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Fungicides

Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many growers looking into fungicide options. Here is a quick Q&A from Eric DeWolf, K-State Research and Extension Plant Pathologist to help answer a few questions you may have on your options.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Mapping wheat ancestors’ genomes: Wild relatives of wheat contain valuable traits for wheat breeding

If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had drought tolerant wheat, or maybe even wheat with resistance to common pests?

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Goodbye Lorna Doone

"Goodbye, sweet girl – it's time to go," I said looking into those eyes that showed love, devotion and friendship. My eyes and those of son, Ben, overflowed with tears.

May 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas added to interactive cover crops website

Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless series of questions," said DeAnn Presley, Kansas State University associate professor of agronomy. That's where an interactive web site can be a big help.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Using technology responsibly

The conversations are endless. Consumers want and some demand to know the origin, safety and nutrition contained in the food they eat or feed to ...

August 27, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Cool season lawns

Now is the time to start preparing your cool season lawn for a variety of things. Whether you need to thicken your turf up, just ...

August 27, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau holds 98th annual meeting

Barton County Farm Bureau was honored with the presence of Kansas Farm Bureau President, Rich Felt and his wife, Shirley at their Annual Picnic and ...

August 27, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


What Business Are Farmers and Ranchers Really In?

An unsettled weather pattern and a stalled cold front have led to rains and cooler temperatures. While this isn't a general overall event, many ...

August 27, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Sugarcane Aphid Field Day, August 22nd

The SCA has been confirmed in at least 10 counties in Kansas and the latest ones are Barton and Ellis Counties. To assist farmers in ...

August 20, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Preparing For Wheat Planting

In less than six weeks, the 2017 wheat crop is going in the ground. Even sooner for those planning on grazing wheat. You have probably ...

August 20, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Back to school with good food

With school starting across Kansas this unfortunately can mean the return of unhealthy lunches which can certainly be labeled as fast food, most of which ...

August 20, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Grower and Extension collaboration yields production and management success for Kansas tomato grower

There is an old adage that things tend to skip generations. That is the case for Todd Griggs, who is now growing tomatoes and other ...

August 20, 2016 | Jean Stramel | Agriculture


Top three time-saving advantages using NRCS’ Conservation Client Gateway

SALINA – Farmers put in long days. Driving to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office every time paperwork needs to be signed is not ...

August 19, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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