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Mesonet Weather Program Benefit Farmers

Shelby Varner / KSU Research and ExtensionOctober 8, 2021

Anyone who has ever lived in Kansas knows that the weather can change quickly, a fact that Chip Redmond thinks makes the Kansas Mesonet especially valuable in the state. Redmond, a meteorologist and manager of the Kansas Mesonet, said the program is working to continue spreading its multiple resources across Kansas for citizens. He noted that 75 Mesonet stations are collecting weather informati...

Automated Systems Score High in 15-Year Study

KSU Research and ExtensionOctober 6, 2021

A Kansas State University agricultural economist is taking a step-back approach while carving out a new way of looking at the returns of precision agricultural technology. “As an economist, I (normally) look at things like profitability – dollars and cents – and whether the benefits outweigh the costs,” said Terry Griffin, a precision agriculture economist at K-State. “But sometimes e...

Higher Limit Available for USDA Guaranteed Farm Loans

USDAOctober 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a higher loan limit will be available for borrowers seeking a guaranteed farm loan starting Oct. 1, 2021, from $1.776 million to $1.825 million. “Farm loans are critical for our customers’ annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said. “Raising the g...

Casten Fellow Program’s First Cohort Experiences International Agriculture

Kansas Farm BureauSeptember 29, 2021

The first cohort of Casten Fellows, a program honoring the life and legacy of Jill Casten-Downing, recently returned from a successful trip visiting the Baltics. Throughout the past two years, six Farm Bureau members in Kansas have participated in the 10-part program. In addition to the opportunity to learn about agriculture and culture in another country, participants learned about leadership ...

A Farmer’s Pet

Kim Baldwin, McPherson County farmerSeptember 20, 2021

Every so often I have the opportunity to visit a classroom full of elementary students and read a book to them. More often than not, I’ve accomplished my guest reading visits using virtual platforms that so many are now accustomed to using. Thanks to technology, and a decent internet connection, I’ve been able to read to classrooms hours away from our farm. While the books I read vary depen...

Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses Deadline Extended

Todd PittengerSeptember 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture  is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than t...

KFB Natural Resources Award Winners

Todd PittengerSeptember 13, 2021

A group of Kansas farmers have been honored for their efforts in conserving natural resources. The Kansas Farm Bureau Natural Resources Award program honors members using time-honored and cutting-edge conservation practices to protect and improve our state’s natural resources. KFB has announced the 2021 Natural Resources Award winners. State winners: 1st: Ray and Susan Flickner, McPherson...

Record CRP Program Enrollment

Todd PittengerSeptember 11, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup. According to the agency, this is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpa...

Risk Associated With Leasing Land

Shelby Varner / K-State Research and ExtensionSeptember 8, 2021

Leasing land is important for landlords and tenants, but there are risks when it comes to leasing, said a Kansas State University graduate student who is conducting research on the topic. Agricultural economics student Chelsea Arnold said 3,600 Kansas landowners recently completed a survey to gauge what their leases look like, risk preferences and attitudes towards young producers. The avera...

Annual Wheat Variety Disease and Insect ratings

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 30, 2021

In Kansas and other wheat-growing states, the tools of the trade include a planter, combine and a grain bin. But ask most farmers, and they’re also likely to have a reliable source for information on wheat diseases and insects that threaten their crop. Sometimes, that source is neatly tucked into a hip pocket or the truck’s glove box. For more than 30 years, Kansas State University has b...

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