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Farming News

Study: Heat, Drought, Wind Pound Wheat

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionDecember 20, 2022

Kansas State University researchers have published a study in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature Communications, quantifying the negative impacts that the triple punch of heat, drought and wind has had on wheat yields in Kansas and the surrounding region over the past 40 years. Their findings are the first to quantify a connection between changes in the nation’s climate and wheat pr...

Series on Leasing Farmland

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and ExtensionDecember 19, 2022

Kansas State University will host a four-part series on land leasing strategies at 34 locations in Kansas beginning Jan. 18. The series is titled, The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Agriculture Women, though K-State Research and Extension farm economist Robin Reid says the sessions are open to all participants. “In Kansas, agricultural land...

Kansas Profile: Bret Fitzpatrick, AgrAbility

Ron WilsonDecember 15, 2022

September 18, 2004. Bret Fitzpatrick was driving to a farm sale when his truck tire blew out on a two-lane bridge. He lost control of his truck, went into the ditch, hit a power pole, rolled three times, and ended up in the water. When Fitzpatrick came to, he was in the water and could no longer move his legs. That was the beginning of a long, tough journey for this young man who has found ways...

Understanding Food Dollar Returns

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and ExtensionDecember 14, 2022

Anyone associated with agriculture knows there are often many steps involved in getting the commodity from the farm and ranch to the consumer. Dustin Pendell, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University, said each of these transactions cuts into the share of the return on the farm dollar. Speaking on a recent Beef Cattle Institute Cattle Chat podcast, Pendell cited a November 2022 repo...

KSU Crops Team Splits National Championship

Kansas State UniversityDecember 10, 2022

The Kansas State University crops team completed the 2022 fall season by placing first at the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest and second at the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest in November. The results earned the team a split with Iowa State for the national championship. Third place went to the University of Minnesota-Crookston at Kansas City and the University of Wisconsin...

Understanding Bull Selection Tools

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and ExtensionDecember 7, 2022

Every carpenter knows that having the right tool for the job allows the finished project to be the best it can be, and part of the decision about which tool to use comes with an understanding of how it can assist in the task at hand. In much the same way, a basic understanding of trait heritability and data accuracy can aid the beef cattle producer in selecting the right bull to best match the ne...

Hoxie Farmer Wins Wheat Yield Contest

Julia DebesDecember 7, 2022

Triple-digit dryland wheat in northwest Kansas with only four inches of moisture this past summer seems impossible, but fifth-generation farmer Brett Oelke did just that — entering a plot of WestBred Grainfield near Hoxie that yielded 106.34 bushels per acre in the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. The entry earned him the top spot in Kansas for dryland winter wheat and fifth nationally in perc...

Farm Bureau Launches Apprenticeship Program

Todd PittengerDecember 6, 2022

Kansas Farm Bureau has created the Rural Kansas Apprenticeship Program. According to the organization, the new program was developed via a grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Registered Apprenticeship to help address workforce needs in rural communities across Kansas. “We’re excited about this partnership opportunity to offer a program where employers and employees...

KSU Plans Calving Schools

KSU Research and ExtensionDecember 5, 2022

In anticipation of calving season, the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools in January. The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. K-State Research and Extension beef veterina...

Kansas Forest Service Opens Orders

Maddy Rohr / K-State Research and ExtensionDecember 2, 2022

The Kansas Forest Service has opened orders for tree and shrub seedlings and other items for use in conservation plantings.  Officials say orders will be taken through May 1, 2023. Plantings may function as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, wood lots, timber plantations or educational and riparian (streambank) plantings. The seedlings typically vary in species, are low-cost, and range from 8-18 in...




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