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KSU Plans Calving Schools

KSU Research and Extension12 hours ago
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 ...

Kansas Forest Service Opens Orders

Maddy Rohr / K-State Research and Extension4 days ago
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 ...

Kansas Corn School Schedule Set

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension5 days ago
A popular educational series that provides training and updated information for corn producers in the Midwest is scheduled to kick off in January. K-State Research and Extension agronomist Ignacio Ciampitti said registration is now open for the 2023 Kansas Corn School, which will be held in four locations beginning Jan. 12. An online session is also ...

Preventing Vitamin A Deficiency

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and Extension6 days ago
A well-balanced diet is a key to good health, and many know the importance of a multivitamin to keep deficiencies at bay. For cattle, vitamin A is one nutrient that producers need to manage to keep the cattle healthy, said the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. “Vitamin A is important ...

Can Strawberry Plants Survive Winter?

Maddy Rohr / K-State Research and Extension6 days ago
 Strawberry plants need time to gradually adjust to winter conditions and temperature drops to become cold resistant. Sudden changes in temperature can severely damage strawberry plants, said Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham.  “Strawberry plants are better able to withstand colder temperatures in the middle of the winter than in the fall before they have ...

Funding For Local Food Systems

Pat Melgares / KSU Research and Extension6 days ago
In Kansas, agriculture is the top economic activity, to the tune of $64 billion annually, and more than 250,000 jobs. The state is a national leader in producing wheat, grain sorghum and beef. “However,” said Rebecca McMahon, a horticulture food crops agent for K-State Research and Extension’s Sedgwick County office, “despite Kansas’ important role in agricultural ...

Food Producer Applications Open

KSAL Staff1 week ago
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from producers to participate in the Kansas Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Program. The Kansas LFPA Program will strengthen the state’s local food system by providing expanded wholesale market access to Kansas’ food producers and increasing access to locally sourced food in rural and urban counties ...

Managing a Post-Weaning Parasite

Lisa Moser / K-State Research and Extension2 weeks ago
 Tummy troubles can be miserable and if diarrhea is a symptom, it can lead to a serious illness in people and cattle, say the experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. “Newly weaned calves can show signs of coccidiosis, which is caused by a parasite that invades the lining of ...

Family and Feast

Greg Doering / Kansas Farm Bureau2 weeks ago
Even as Thanksgiving draws near, it’s easy have a pessimistic perspective about the current state of the world. If you’re feeding a gathering of 10 people, a traditional turkey dinner will cost 20 percent more this year, according to an American Farm Bureau Federation survey. To be fair, wages are rising but at a much slower ...

Fig Trees in Kansas

Maddy Rohr / K-State Research and Extension2 weeks ago
Figs aren’t a popular fruit to grow in Kansas, but Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham says it can be done. More hardy varieties can withstand the state’s cold winters and produce fruit by the following fall, he notes. “Most fig trees are only hardy (until temperatures reach) 12 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, though some ...

Kansas Wheat Yield Winners

KSAL Staff2 weeks ago
While triple-digit yields may have seemed impossible during this year’s drought, Kansas wheat producers exemplified how the right combination of genetics, management and luck pay off with the winning entries in the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. According to the Kansas Wheat Commission, national and state winners were recently released by the National Wheat Foundation, which ...

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