Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:48Chance Hayes, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wichita, was the guest speaker at Saturday’s 66th annual Marion County Conservation District dinner.
For those attending the dinner who might have thought this year’s warmer temperatures are not normal, Hayes offered statistics to show that this year is close to 30-year average from 1982 through 2012.
“In 1991, the average temperature was 56.5 degrees, which is 13 degrees higher than it is now,” he said.
Hayes also compared temperatures from last year to this year.
“Last year’s average low was 30.8 degrees compared to this year’s low of 43.1, making it 8.6 degrees lower last year,” he said.
He also talked about some of the highest temperatures...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:47This year’s Young Conservation Farmer Award winner for the Marion County Natural Resources and Conservation Services District seems to be able to stand the world on its head.
Matthew Kirkpatrick is beginning his farming career from a different perspective than many of his predecessors.
He is 23, and is months away from finishing his degree in production agronomy at Kansas State University.
Yet, he is still working for Monsanto in Manhattan during the school year, planning to work for Pioneer Seeds at Garden City during the summer before returning home to Marion County to farm with his father, Duane, permanently—if he carries through on plans to work in agri-business for only three years.
Add to this the fact that he has...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:46Jerry Cady of Marion was chosen this year as Marion County’s Grass Buffer Award winner for the Banker Award program of the Natural Resources and Conser7vation Services.
Cady, who perhaps is better known as a Farmers Union insurance agent in Marion, is focused on developing his land for wildlife and hunting.
The 80 acres that prompted the award adjoins another 80 acres on which Cady also is installing conservation practices. He said both plots actually are in Dickinson County, two miles south of Herington Lake, but are allowed to be administered through Marion County since he is a resident here.
Cady is credited with including Conservation Reserve Program filter strips, CRP field borders, shrub plantings and food plots. He is...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:34Sheryl Beeman, Centre, first place
Sheryl Beeman of Centre won first place for her poster entry in the fourth- through sixth-grade division being recognized Saturday at the annual Marion County Conservation District annual meeting. Russell Funk, board treasurer, said the district office received 135 entries: 35 from Centre, 39 from?Hillsboro and 61 from Goessel. First place in the second- and third-grade division went to Jessica Saunders, who was unable to attend the banquet. Her poster was titled, “Why Don’t We All Recycle?
Maddy Daniels, Hillsboro, third place
Maddy Daniels of Hillsboro was the third-place winner in the fourth- through sixth-grade division for her poster related to the theme...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:33John “Dale” Anderson and wife Jean of Canton share a long tradition on their land farmed by Kim Koop of Hillsboro.
The Andersons are 2012 Banker Award winners for soil conservation with the Marion County Natural Resources Conservation Service District.
Koop somewhat shares the honor as farm operator, dating back through decades in that relationship with the Andersons begun by Koop’s father, Bennie.
The land is something drivers on U.S. Highway 56 see all the time just past the water tower west of Hillsboro. But Koop said the 154.5 acres of cropland—situated in the northeast quarter of the section west of the tower running along the highway—with brome grass waterways— may not stand out to passersby.
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