The Sugarcane aphid is still moving through Barton County, and many people have questions about when or if to treat for the insect before the upcoming harvest. Here is an update from K-State Agronomy and Entomology about some observations for Kansas on treating for the aphids close to harvest with Sorghum's low prices being considered.
Last week's column focused on water in plants. This week features water in the soil. As always, this is simply a brief overview that covers the highlights. The water contained within plants comes from the soil and is extracted by young, actively growing roots cells. The ability of the soil to hold water and allow roots to extract it is a function of the following:
September 17, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Winter annual weeds like Little Barley are some of the more difficult weeds to control in your home lawn. It's not that they are hard to kill with chemicals; it's that many people forget to treat for them until they are highly visible in the spring. The best time to get rid of this weed however, is now when it is small. Here is a small piece from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert on controlling Little Barley in your turf.
If you live and/or farm in Kansas there are several givens in your life. The wind will blow; there will be heat; we all think about water and precipitation. There is either too much or too little water for us but seldom just the right amount. We are afraid to complain when it rains and storms because we all know precipitation can disappear for long periods of time. For the farmer, or rancher for that matter, adequate soil moisture for crops is the difference between staying in or going out of business. That is why the development of practical ...
September 10, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The 84th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), sponsored by Cargill, again will set a record for entries, with 798 youth from 90 counties entering 2,063 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in more than 25 years, increasing by 200 head over last year's record numbers. The total includes 141 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 293 market hogs, 278 breeding gilts, 326 market lambs, 298 breeding ewes, 240 meat goats and 158 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held September 30 to October 2 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Nearly 400 leaders representing a variety of agricultural interests across the state of Kansas came together on Aug. 30, at the Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth. Agriculture is the state's largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.
The Extension Master Gardener program through K-State Research and Extension is a valuable volunteer program that trades classroom hours of study with the experts in horticulture. In return, the Master gardeners give back to their communities with the knowledge they received. Two Master Gardeners for Barton County are Monica Bowers and Karen Morton of Great Bend. I asked them to write a little bit about their experiences in the program to share this week. You can also stop by the Brit Spaugh Zoo when you have a chance to see the beautiful results of all of their hard work! For ...
First, a very happy Labor Day to all. This weekend marks the end of summer and for those of us of a certain age, it's time to put away the white belts and shoes. For producers it signals that harvest of summer crops will soon be in full swing and wheat planting is near. This weekend celebrates and honors workers and their contribution to our country. Rather than dig deeply into an agricultural subject today, let's discuss labor and agriculture. And to make it a bit more interesting, the information is in the form of a multiple choice ...
September 03, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
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 general maintenance, or planning an entire new lawn, September is the time to take care of it if you have fescue or bluegrass. I found two short pieces from our Horticulture department that will help you make your lawn look great. If you need any more advice or help, you can always call the Extension office at 620-793-1910