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Chores for winter

Even though it still feels like summer outside, it is still time to prepare for winter. Having your lawn mower serviced now will help it run smoother longer and make the busy spring season a little easier. Here are some tips from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department on getting your tools ready for winter so that they are in top shape next spring.

November 05, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weighty Matters In Agriculture

One of the most important factors in agriculture and our everyday lives is something we take for granted until we think it's wrong. Farmers and ranchers in particular, from the time they start every morning until they come in for the evening deal with it. It may make the difference between making or losing money. Consumers deal with it every time they shop for a variety of items. Something that is a somewhat hidden but major factor in our lives – accurate measurements. Whether a weight, a volume, a length or width, or a count – the lives of agricultural producers ...

November 05, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Look ahead, not back

Proponents of organic, labor-intensive farming contend we should go back to the days when every family owned 40 acres, farmed with hay burners (horses) and applied no chemicals.

October 29, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Agricultural Conservation Easement Program application deadline set for Nov. 25

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Created under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands.

October 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Weed control in fall

Every spring, I receive a lot of plants into the office for identification, and for advice on how to control the weed that is invading their lawn. Much of the time these plants are winter annuals or perennial weeds that are too established in the spring to get much control over. If you have dandelions, henbit or chickweed in your lawn, then now is the time to spray and get a better handle on the weeds. I have a short piece from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that gives you more information about the how's ...

October 29, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Extension elections

Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on the four program development committees. Please mark Wednesday, Nov. 2, on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th Street to cast your ballot. The ballot box is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is 18 years of age and older may vote in this election.

October 29, 2016 | Bernie Unruh | Agriculture


The Red Wheat Dilemma

As you drive around the area, large piles of grain are plainly evident. The good aspect of this is a decent harvest. The not so good aspect is producers are sitting on a hundreds of millions of bushels and not thrilled about selling with current prices. Something the public may not understand is that while the grain is sitting at the elevator, the producer pays a monthly storage charge for every bushel. One dilemma producers face is that typically high prices mean that they have less to sell while low prices mean the opposite. Of course carryover stocks and world ...

October 29, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas byway celebrates agriculture

Oct. 6, marked the dedication of the first byway to exclusively celebrate agriculture in this country. Located in far western Kansas and named the "Land and Sky" scenic byway, it follows Highway 27 through Wallace, Sherman and Cheyenne counties.

October 22, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Lady beetles

they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators produce more offspring, which in turn have their fill of dinner, and also reproduce. The cycle goes on and on until the food source is exhausted. This year, with so many sugarcane aphids as a food source for the Lady Beetle, many more beetles were produced than in previous years.

October 22, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA informational workshop

The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center located on US HWY 156 across from Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Fall Weather and Agriculture

The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal rainfall and some sites have reported 50 inches with over two months left in the year. Much of Southwest Kansas has moved to abnormally dry with a portion now in moderate drought. This is after an extremely wet summer so what happened to the soil moisture? How is fall harvest progressing? Where is the 2017 wheat crop at? How different has this fall been so far?

October 22, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will tell you rainfall this summer has resulted in more birds for the upcoming fall season. This year promises to be as good as 2015 and maybe better as hunters scour the countryside in search of pheasants, quail, ducks and other species of wildlife.

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during the spring resulting in a longer turnaround from submission to recommendations. Also, soils in the spring are often waterlogged, making taking samples difficult. If your soil test suggests more organic matter, fall is a much better season because materials are more available than in the spring, and fresher materials can be used without harming young tender spring-planted plants.

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges. With three dynamic keynote presentations and over 25 breakout sessions, the conference promises to appeal to a broad spectrum of attendees. The conference will be held Nov. 18 through 19 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at http://kansasruralcenter.org/conference-2016.

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that report: "A lack of a skilled agricultural workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture businesses." The shortage covers the gamut from entry level positions to those requiring advanced degrees with over fifty percent of the vacancies in three areas; agriculture mechanics, agriculture business and animal science. Another finding was, to quote the release: "Employers indicated that basic skills such as written communication and applied mathematics are lacking in applicants ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Winter annual weeds are here

At this time of year, I tend to get questions about the purple flowers or dandelions in home lawns and what can be done now ...

April 22, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm and ranchland sales increase

OMAHA, Neb. – Farmers National Company reports that real estate sales volume is up 21 percent during the first half of its fiscal year compared to ...

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Work this world wisely

This is a special week for those who are involved with the production of food and fiber. It marks the 47th observance of Earth Day ...

April 22, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Secondary nutrients

This week's column discusses the macronutrients known as secondary nutrients: Sulfur (S), Calcium (Ca), and Magnesium (Mg). Calcium and magnesium are found as cations ...

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Storytelling festival coming to Downs

Storytelling, as we know it, began with the advent of man and woman on the earth.

April 15, 2017 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Wheat rust

With our recent rains and its welcome moisture, rust can become an issue in wheat on susceptible varieties. I thought this week that I would ...

April 15, 2017 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Essential nutrients for plants: P & K

This week's column finishes the discussion of the macronutrients known as primary nutrients Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). First though, here's hoping everyone ...

April 15, 2017 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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