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As I write this, there is a forty percent chance of rain and if you are reading this on Easter Sunday, hopefully the chance of rain is falling outside your window. If not, it means the wheat crop is continuing to decline and prospects for dryland corn in the ground aren't great. And while we are examining all this "good" news, the first cutting of alfalfa is still being hammered in many locations by alfalfa weevil in spite of repeated sprays on many fields.

April 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


K-State Research and Extension hosts program on districting

LARNED – An informational multi-county extension districting meeting Thursday, April 14, evening at Larned's J. A. Hass Building was well attended by several Barton County Extension representatives and county officials.

April 22, 2011 | BY ROBIN PROFFITT Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


Dr. Victor L. Martin

This week and next week all the classes in the agriculture program are taking tests. While writing these exams my mind wandered, as it occasionally does, to when I was a student taking similar course several decades ago and how much the science of agriculture has changed.

April 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


Tallgrass tradition

The sky above the Flint Hills in Riley County was clear and blue as the sun rose April 12. It was a day cattlemen had been waiting for. After days of roaring southerly winds, conditions were calm.

April 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


NRCS announces opportunity for Organic Producers to implement conservation practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White announced the cutoff date of May 20, of another funding opportunity for both certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production systems.

April 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor L. Martin

As this is written, Barton and the surrounding counties missed the rain chances forecast over the weekend. The droughty conditions were made worse by well above normal temperatures and strong winds that further stressed the wheat crop and depleted the precious little moisture received the previous seven days. In spite of this, the majority of wheat in the area would still be rated overall fair to good. However, conditions need to improve soon to salvage an average wheat crop.

April 10, 2011 | | Agriculture


New tax benefits for American families

April means that Tax Day is just around the corner. For those folks who are working – or scrambling – to meet the deadline, you should know that you have until April 18th this year. But even if you have already filed, you might be wondering how last the bipartisan tax cut compromise reached last December affects you and your family.

April 08, 2011 | | Agriculture


Henbit can be mowed until next fall

By Rodney Wallace

April 06, 2011 | | Agriculture


Lacrosse producer appointed to Cattlemen’s Beef Board

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently appointed Kansas beef producer Brittany Howell of LaCrosse to a three-year term on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which oversees administration of the national Beef Checkoff Program.

April 03, 2011 | | Agriculture


Spring alfalfa concerns

With the price of feed grains and quality hay, alfalfa producers have the opportunity to generate substantial income, especially in the spring when forage stockpiles are low, before warm-season pastures are ready for grazing, or summer annual forages are planted.

April 03, 2011 | | Agriculture


From the heartland to the world

Only once in a blue moon do Kansas farm and ranch families have an opportunity to tell their story to people half way around the world. That was the case March 23-24 when a Dutch (public broadcasting company in the Netherlands) television crew traveled to Smith and Sheridan counties to portray life on the farm in rural Kansas.

April 01, 2011 | | Agriculture


Winter 2011 - what happened?

Now that spring is finally here, it is time to assess what may have happened, what it means, and make plans for the coming crop year. Conditions in the area were not helpful in planting and establishing winter wheat. While the weather contributed to a rapid, timely harvest of fall crops, dry conditions led to uneven wheat stands, overall poor fall growth, and in many cases delayed wheat emergence and tillering. Wheat was further stressed by several periods of extreme cold accompanied by strong winds and relatively little or no snow cover. In between were periods of warm windy weather ...

March 27, 2011 | | Agriculture


Farm Bureau President's Conference

Jerry Morgenstern and his wife recently attended the Farm Bureau President's Conference in Washington D.C.. The Morgensterns learned that Barton County Farm Bureau has an outstanding reputation of fulfilling the Mission Statement of Farm Bureau and meeting the goals of the County Association among leaders not only on the State level but through out the Nation.

March 27, 2011 | | Agriculture


It’s twister time

May 4, 2007, will be a day many Kansans always remember. On that fateful day the town of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, was all but wiped off the face of the earth.

March 25, 2011 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Proposed consolidation of State Conservation Districts discussed

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed to consolidate the State Conservation Commission into the Kansas Department of Agriculture, creating the Division of Conservation using his authority under an Executive Reorganization Order.

March 18, 2011 | BY PAM TUCKER Barton County Soil Conservation District Manager | Agriculture


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