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.
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.
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?
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.
Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or cropping/livestock production strategies to minimize the risk of failure. We most often associate risk management with money, economic survival. What can we do to stay in business and make sure our operation can stay in business and hopefully turn a decent profit? Today, let's focus on another form of risk management – avoiding serious injury and even death on the farm.
Farmers and ranchers strive to protect our planet each and every day. On April 22, nearly 2 million agricultural producers will celebrate the 45th observance of Earth Day with the rest of us who live in this country.
April 24, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $15 million in financial and technical assistance available nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore, and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on June 2, at the Salina Bicentennial center and is open to all Kansas teachers, volunteers, out-of-school program coordinators and those interested in agriculture education.
The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be trimming branches and starting to train the branches so that they have well- spaced limbs to be able to carry the load of apples in the future. These first few years of letting the apple trees establish themselves, and guiding the branches to the correct angles will help them have a long productive life for the community. On Sunday, May 1, K-State Research and Extension will host a fruit tree trimming class from 1-3 at ...
Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here. Now through the end of June is an extremely busy time for crop producers and for that matter, livestock producers.
Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95. I was on my way to a Rattlesnake Roundup outside of Sharon Springs. While taking the back roads where I grew up, I happened upon the inspiration for the following story. While Mr. Smith is dead and gone, hardy souls and stories like his are worth revisiting.
April 17, 2016|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The wheat crop in Kansas is now at the flag leaf emergence stage of growth in much of southern and central Kansas. The crop is at mid- to late-joining in the west central and northwest regions of the state. The crop is generally considered to be two or three weeks ahead of schedule.
Last week's column dealt with the weed named the number one weed problem for 2016 – Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species. This week let's broaden the focus a bit and include not just this weed species but all common problem weeds, especially those that have developed resistance to herbicides, especially Roundup® (glyphosate).
While a great many who live in the city experience a speedy Internet, some of those living in more rural areas of the United States do not experience the same luxury. Slow Internet speeds in less populated regions can prove troublesome for those working in agricultural fields.