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Weather vs. Climate

Dr. Victor L. Martin

July 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


July Thoughts

I have been accused of being a bit of a pessimist from time to time. From an early age, many teachers and professors drilled into my head to "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." If you have read these columns over the last few months I tried to objectively lay out what options were available, depending on the weather. My prognosis was that this was going to be one of those summers that we haven't experienced in a long, long time and that it was too risky for dryland double cropping and that many of the ...

July 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


Scorched, scalded and burnt up

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 17, 2011 | | Agriculture


Young Stockmen’s Academy tours Agribusiness and Retail Beef Industry

The 2011 KLA Young Stockmen's Academy (YSA) gathered for its second educational tour of the year June 27-29. The group of young KLA members from across the state spent three days in Kansas City learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries. Vista from Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of this program.

July 10, 2011 | | Agriculture


Safe food

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 10, 2011 | | Agriculture


Summertime -Dr. Victor Martin

It's pretty hard not to notice that summer came hard and fast this year. After several years of what for Kansas were cool, wet summers, Mother Nature has reminded us of what our summers can involve. After a brief respite, we are back under drought conditions and as I write this on July 7, there is a slight chance of rain with 100° temps back by Sunday. So where are we cropwise as we enter July?

July 10, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Vic Martin

So What Happened?

July 03, 2011 | | Agriculture


Silent sentinels on the High Plains

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

July 03, 2011 | | Agriculture


Funding Available

Non-Point Source Pollution Management funding is available for individuals who are suffering with a failed septic system, or needing to plug an abandoned water well. Sign-up will be until July 31.

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


“Do You Feel Lucky?”

One of the dangers of writing a weekly column for the Sunday paper is the chance that from the time it's submitted until you read it, things can change, especially when you are dealing with weather and farming. As I write this column, we avoided some very nasty weather in the area and really only had to deal with some very strong winds. Wheat harvest is proceeding rapidly with good test weights and adequate to good protein. Double-crops are going in the ground and that provides a good spot to pick up where last week's column left off ...

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


Farmers are not truckers

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

June 26, 2011 | | Agriculture


USDA designates 25 counties in Kansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 25 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of wheat and forage crops caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continuing. Those counties are:

June 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


USDA announces new recreational, fishing and hunting opportunities in rural areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced developments in two popular USDA programs that will support conservation of working lands for the benefit of wildlife, water quality, and recreation. The Secretary announced that USDA will accept 2.8 million acres offered by landowners under the 41st Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands while providing payments to property owners. Additionally, USDA has approved eight additional states and one tribal government to participate in the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which encourages private landowners to provide public access to their lands for ...

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


Dr. Victor Martin Column

Unless the weather decides to turn wet and cold, wheat harvest should be in full swing when you read this. As expected, yields have been all over the place so far in our fair state, ranging from a few bushels to 40 bushels or more per acre. Several fields in Stafford County were in the 50 bushel range. So far test weights have been over 60 pounds per bushel and protein levels over 12%. So while the yields aren't great, the quality appears good and the price holding. Now the trick is to bring in the crop before rain ...

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


Happy as a clam

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

June 19, 2011 | | Agriculture


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