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.
This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 44th observance of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22.
Teachers interested in a Wichita two-day course should consider applying soon to attend. The deadline to apply to attend "Plants Have a Place in the Classroom," a course from the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC), is May 9, 2014.
The recent late cold snap could mean less fruit this year.
Last year was a very difficult year for growing tomatoes. With the very cool spring, and the slow warm up, the plants were unable to get a good start. Then, when the summer came, the temperatures fluctuated drastically from 80 degrees to 100 and back again, and for most people, whatever tomatoes they had been able to get through the freezes in May succumbed in July. Well, this is a new year and I wanted to give you some tips to help get your tomatoes off to a good start. Hopefully, this year will be more favorable for them than ...
This year Kansas has green fields, kissed by the sun. There are blue skies with white clouds high above. There are even valleys where rivers run. Heck, there's even water standing in terrace channels.
The announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards.
Eric B. Banks, Kansas State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that $3.8 million in conservation funding has been allocated in Kansas to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands, and wetlands. This announcement follows Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's statement that $328 million is being invested nationally for this USDA initiative.
As this is being written, weather forecasters have backed off the heavy rains they predicted from the remnants of the hurricane that affected Mexico this past week. Corn harvest is starting to ramp up in the area; soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves; grain sorghum development is all over the map; and some early planted wheat has emerged. There really isn't much new locally to comment on, so let's take a look at some other news.
It takes a lot of work to get the glowing Ferris Wheel spinning, just like it takes work setting up the Ye Old Mill, grooming competition livestock, making the thousands of funnel cakes and cheese curds and keeping the fairgrounds a clean environment for families to enjoy. But most people don't think about the behind the scenes work it takes to get the competitions and booths off the ground in order to make the fair a success.
Youth from across the state have entered 1,733 head of animals for the 82nd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 760 4-H and FFA members from 90 counties will show 126 market steers, 308 breeding heifers, 332 market hogs, 131 breeding gilts, 275 market lambs, 220 breeding ewes, 236 meat goats and 105 commercial doe kids. The competition will take place September 19-22 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita
This week will be an important event in Pawnee County. The Alfalfa field Day. As Alfalfa is an important crop produced in Barton County, and insurance coverage is lacking, I would like to share a piece by Jenni Carr, Harper County Agriculture and Natural Resource agent that will give you more information regarding the event. The field day and listening session will be held on Sept. 17th. All Barton County producers may find the field day and listening session beneficial to their production.
Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.
The past week saw parts of the area receive several significant rains. Rains after this last Tuesday don't appear in the calculations of the weekly Drought Monitor Update. The last update indicates that except for sliver of southern Barton County, from Barton County north the area is rated as Abnormally Dry. Directly south conditions are considered in Moderate Drought. This is a big positive step compared too several weeks ago. As always this is a general rating and individual areas may be wetter or drier. And the recent rains not included in this report have left areas north of ...
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