Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western Kansas is currently in moderate to severe drought just a few weeks after the entirety of the state was declared drought free for the first time in six years.
Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in our area, and it can be enhanced during times of higher stress such as drought. That's not to say that we lack iron in the soil, but that our pH levels are high because of the limestone in our soils. This causes the iron to be tied up and therefore inaccessible to the plants. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that goes a little more in ...
Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into a topic today, let's take a look at where our area is as of the end of November.
November 26, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Grazing milo stalks in Barton County is a very useful way to feed cattle after pastures have gone dormant for the season. Prussic acid can be a concern when grazing milo and it is a good idea to know how to lessen the risk of poisoning when grazing. I wanted to share this article from Sandy Johnson, North West Livestock specialist on a few things to consider when grazing stalks in this unusual fall.
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Kayleigh Bitter, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, Council Vice President served as the emcees.
Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We have just finished up the elections. Commodity prices could be better. We all need a break. So today, instead of some discussing some deep issue in agriculture or the latest problem, let's take a break and focusing on something we can almost all agree on – Thanksgiving dinner. More specifically, as we celebrate, outside of the Independence Day, the most American of holidays, we did our feast really come from? With apologies for any family or regional traditions.
November 19, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Pawnee County Extension will be hosting a Commodity Futures Workshop featuring guest speaker Darrell Holaday. The training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov 30, at the J.A. Haas Building in Larned. A lunch and handout materials will be available to those who RSVP by Nov 23, to Pawnee County Extension at (620)285-6901.
They've come a long way already, but Kansas State University researchers studying the safety of animal food produced in feed mills say they've got plenty more to learn as they work to maintain safe food for animals and humans.
We think of plants as unsensing and incapable of reacting to their environment. It's true that they don't have a nervous system in the same way higher animals do but they do have mechanisms to cope with challenges and avoid problems. And while they don't possess glands that produce hormones like many animals, they do produce hormones that regulate many functions. Rather than go into them all let's tackle a few ways that plants sense and adapt to their environment. Today's focus is on flowering and how to avoid conditions that would prevent the production ...
November 12, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Two, three and four decades ago, most farmers took great pride and pleasure in looking across their recently planted fields and seeing green seedlings emerging against a backdrop of black soil. That looked beautiful then. Still does.
November 05, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau