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219,000 Kansas CRP Acres

Todd PittengerMay 3, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting more than 2 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and landowners through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup, which includes 219,000 acres in Kansas. According to the agency, this is the first of the program’s multiple signups occurring in 2022. With about 3.4 million acres expiring this year,...

Salina Area Farmer Named KSU Ag Alumni Fellow

Shelby Varner / KSU Research and ExtensionMay 2, 2022

Justin Knopf believes that a major part of his life as a farmer is to build a partnership with the land. Not just today, tomorrow…but every day. “Knopf Farms,” he said, “is on a journey of stewardship and partnering with a biological system that we work with every single day as a farmer.” The dedication that Knopf has put into his career in agriculture was recently recognized by Ka...

VIDEO: Winter Wheat Update

KSU Research and ExtensionApril 25, 2022

In a video from K-State Research and Extension, wheat specialist Romulo Lollato talks about the condition of the 2022 Kansas winter wheat crop. Lollato says that rainfall last September and October led to early emergence and good fall development of the current crop, especially in northwest, north central and south central parts of the state. But, he said, “warmer temperatures in the fall ...

Aphids Already in Some Kansas Alfalfa Fields Already

Shelby Varner / KSU Research and ExtensionApril 19, 2022

Kansas State University crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth said he has received numerous calls from farmers who are already seeing cowpea and pea aphids in their alfalfa fields. The aphids, he said, are probably in every field in Kansas, but “we usually do not see this many of them this early.” He said the cowpea aphid population desnity that producers are seeing now is more typical of Jun...

Cattle Chat: Leasing Arrangements

Lisa Moser / KSU Research and ExtensionApril 18, 2022

Leasing or buying is often the debate that people have when deciding on their next vehicle to drive. Many in the agricultural community also enter arrangements to lease pastures, farm ground and – sometimes -- even cows, according to the experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute. “Whether it is leasing cows or pasture, it is important that the arrangement is fair and equita...

KSU Gets $1.5 Million Grant to Protect Food Supply

Adrian SelfApril 17, 2022

The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University is receiving a more than $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect the nation's food supply. With the grant from DHS's Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense Division, the center will seek ways to support the production and economic health of the food and agricultural sectors and sustain ...

Farm Income Losses Vary

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionApril 14, 2022

Even when times are good, some Kansas farmers are losing money. It’s the nature of a business that is often at the mercy of weather, disease, fluctuating markets and more. But a 10-year analysis by Kansas State University farm management economist Greg Ibendahl indicates that it is not the same set of farms that are losing money regularly. “Things like weather and pricing and marketing d...

USDA Offers Water Quality-Focused Program That Builds on CRP Contracts

Todd PittengerApril 4, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30) — a nationwide opportunity for certain landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to enroll in 30-year contracts, extending the lifespan and strengthening the benefits of ...

Fort Hays State Readying Rodeo

Fort Hays State UniversityMarch 30, 2022

For the second time in four years, the Fort Hays State University rodeo is falling on Easter weekend. So Bronc Rumford and his coaching team moved the annual event up a day. The rodeo is usually scheduled for the third weekend – Friday through Sunday – of April at Doug Philip Arena. This year, it will run from Thursday through Saturday. FHSU hosts the second-to-last rodeo on the Central ...

KSU Researchers Uncover New Clues to Improve Wheat

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionMarch 28, 2022

Kansas State University researchers continue to unlock the complexity of the wheat genome, recently publishing findings of a study that characterized numerous genes duplicated thousands of years ago to understand how they control wheat yield and other desirable traits. Wheat geneticist Eduard Akhunov, the director of K-State’s Wheat Genetic Resources Center, said his team’s research may lea...




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