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Combines Still in Fields

Julia Debes / Kansas WheatJuly 1, 2021

Kansas farm families are mentally ready to transition from wheat harvest to focusing on their local county fair and other summer activities, but combines are still running across much of the central and northern tiers of the state. An atypical growing season has resulted in a highly variable wheat harvest, but farmers who are planting superior genetics and managing their crops intently are seeing...

Wet Fields Continue to Slow Harvest

Julia Debes / Kansas WheatJune 30, 2021

Sporadic sprinkles are keeping many Kansas wheat farmers on edge as they wait for moisture levels to decrease enough to get back into the combine. Elevators are taking in loads; however, as farmers who can are continuing the slow, but productive, march of the 2021 Kansas wheat harvest. Kris Allen, general manager of Randall Farmers Coop Union, said the wheat harvest weather has been a little fr...

Harvest Progressing Across the State

Julia Debes for Kansas WheatJune 24, 2021

Harvest continues to advance northward as farmers seek out dry wheat fields in the hot summer wind. Diligent field management has made a difference — evidenced by satisfactory test weights — but disease pressure from stripe rust and Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) has taken a toll on yields following the tumultuous weather during the growing season. Disappointment is the theme of this year...

Hot, Dry Weather Good For Harvest

Julia Debes / Kansas WheatJune 18, 2021

The combination of triple digit temperatures and a steady Kansas summer breeze means wheat harvest is progressing quickly across the state. Farmers Coop Grain Association in Conway Springs reported initial wheat cutting started last Friday in Sumner County, but harvest did not fully take off until this Monday. Farmers are reporting some disease pressure from stripe rust. With about a week to go...

Extra Caution Needed on Kansas Roads During Harvest

KSAL StaffJune 18, 2021

It’s a busy time for farmers in Kansas with harvest underway and hay season in full swing. Motorists are reminded to use caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines and other implements. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, most farm equipment is not designed to travel at highway speeds and may only travel 15-25 mph. Farm equipment is often wider than the lan...

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...


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