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Cattle Chat: Minimize Stress and Maximize Profit

KSU Research and ExtensionAugust 4, 2021

Just as college students may feel anxious when they leave their homes and return to campus, fall is also a time when spring-born calves are separated from their mothers and stress ensues. To minimize the stress felt by calves, the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute offered several management strategies for producers to implement. Discussed on a recent Cattle Chat p...

CRP Grassland Signup Underway

Todd PittengerJuly 15, 2021

Agricultural producers and landowners can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from today until August 20. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority...

High School Students Learn to Lead the Animal Science Industry

KSU Research and ExtensionJuly 2, 2021

Eleven students from four states gathered on the Kansas State University campus and online to gain livestock industry knowledge and develop leadership skills during the K-State Animal Science Leadership Academy held June 15-18. The hybrid format included virtual instruction, followed by a closing, one-day, in-person experience on campus. Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences an...

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...




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