High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton Pawnee and Rush, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Nov. 18, as the first cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2017 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
So far we have focused on water in plants and water in the soil. Now let's focus on water in the atmosphere, crop water needs, the soil, and tie it all together. It would seem, based on the last two columns that the amount of water a plant needs to produce a given amount of biomass, forage or grain, would be clear cut as would the soils ability to supply the plant's moisture needs based on soil type, organic matter, structure, and so on. However, this is where the atmosphere and climate can throw in a monkey wrench.
September 24, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
High Tunnels have increased in popularity in the last several years in Barton County. The ability to have an increased growing season for vegetables is the biggest draw for building one on your land. On Oct. 4, join the NRCS, Conservation Districts of Barton, Pawnee and Rush counties, as well as K-State Research and Extension for a High Tunnel tour in Barton County.
September 20, 2016|
Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent
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 ...