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Kansas Harvest Beginning

Julia Debes / Kansas WheatJune 17, 2021

Rains delayed the start of harvest in Texas, and custom harvesters were slow to move through Oklahoma. But with the extreme heat this week, many of them are moving into the southern portions of Kansas. Some test cutting began over the weekend and into the first part of the week, but by Wednesday, harvest was in full swing in south central Kansas. Ernie Theilen with OK Coop Grain Co. in Kiowa, r...

End Hunger Campaign Grant Funding

Kansas Farm BureauJune 9, 2021

With the help of generous donations from Farm Bureau members in Kansas and Farm Bureau Financial Services agents, Kansas Farm Bureau’s End Hunger campaign donated nearly $100,000 to food banks and pantries across the state in 2020. Now the state’s largest farm organization is rolling out the second phase of the program, which will provide grant funding for county Farm Bureaus and local Farm...

VIDEO: KSU Joins in World Food Safety Day

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionJune 7, 2021

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 600 million people worldwide suffer from foodborne illness each year. More than 450,000 die as a result of that illness. So, it makes sense to bring awareness to foodborne illness year-round, even though June 7 is being celebrated globally as World Food Safety Day. “The aim of World Food Safety Day is to expose people to the importance...

Kansas Producers – Soil Health Survey

USDAJune 5, 2021

Social science researchers at Kansas State University are collecting information about what soil health practices and information sources are important to Kansas farmers and ranchers (practices like no-till, cover crops, rotational grazing, and others). This survey is intended for Kansas farmers, ranchers, agricultural landowners, or any Kansan who manages or operates agricultural land. We want...

Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

Lisa Moser / KSU Research and ExtensionJune 4, 2021

On a hot summer day, people often dress in light clothing, drink more water than normal and seek shade to minimize the impacts on the body from heat and humidity. Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute experts said cattle need many of those same strategies for maximum performance over the summer. Talking on a recent Cattle Chat podcast, veterinarians Bob Larson, Brian Lubbers and Brad Wh...

Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

Todd PittengerJune 3, 2021

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), helps farmers maintain their cover crop systems, despite the financial challenges posed by the pandem...

New Swine Facility Boosts Education, Research

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionJune 1, 2021

Kansas State University officials say a new swine facility that officially opened in late May will give students experience with facilities that closely represent what they will see in their future workplace. The university’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry opened its newly built swine farrowing unit to the public on May 27. The facility is located at the K-State Swine Teaching and...

USDA Announces June Ag Lending Rates

Todd PittengerJune 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced loan interest rates for June 2021, which are effective June 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating and Ownership Loans FSA offers far...

Youth Gear Up For County Fair Exhibits

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionMay 27, 2021

The rows of cookies and muffins, rockets and cabinets and photographs and more may seem like interesting displays to passers-by at the county and state fairs. But for thousands of Kansas 4-H members who will put their efforts on display this summer, they represent nearly a year’s worth of work and trial-and-error learning. “The 4-H year begins in October with young people selecting the p...

Cattle Chat: Managing For Drought

Lisa Moser / KSU Research and ExtensionMay 26, 2021

Just as agricultural economists advise beef producers to follow a risk management strategy when it comes to cattle marketing, those same principles are important when anticipating drought, said the experts at Kansas State University speaking on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. “Having both a plan and a contingency plan is important for mitigating the risk when it comes to drought,” said Brad W...




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