Category: Agriculture News

Sunshine saves hay crop from fungus-disease losses

The sunshine, wind and warmth of the last week helped Marion County farmers avoid what could have been a calamity, a huge additional loss in the hay crop following a hay-short year.

County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said fungus diseases, primarily spring blackstem and leaf spot, were rapidly moving into the alfalfa fields, and actually had destroyed large sections of a few fields in the cool, wet, cloudy weather.

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Status of wheat crop remains uncertain

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Marion County ag-agent Rickey Roberts said farmers will have to make difficult decisions regarding their wheat. In some fields, the grain can mostly be gone with only foliage still there, while in others tillers that come from the base of plants are growing and may still produce adequate grain. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

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A couple of guys were sitting in the Hillsboro Pizza Hut last week wearing crop insurance adjuster ballcaps.

Since the hats made it obvious who they were, they were asked the question they said they?re being asked everywhere, ?What?s happening with the wheat??

 

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Looking at crop insurance

Ask any Kansas farmer and the answer will be the same. Crop insurance is one of the more complicated risk-management issues with which the Kansas farmer needs to deal.

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Producers must file planted acreage by May 31

Farmers planning to earn and receive farm program payments and benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are required by existing farm-bill regulations to file acreage reports for all cropland on their enrolled farms.

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Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show
Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show

Marion County Fairground hosts annual Spring Beef Show

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Ty Goossen of Hillsboro shows the angus heifer that won grand champion for the breeding heifers in the annual Spring Beef Show April 28 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Click image to enlarge.

Sixty-six 4-Hers from Marion County and beyond competed April 28 in the annual Spring Beef Show at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

The show is an indicator of the growth rate and condition of animals intended for show in upcoming county fairs, according to Rickey Roberts, Marion County extension agent who coordinated the event.

 

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Goat show is May 19

Area youth will be up early on Saturday, May 19, trimming and preparing for the yearly showing of their dairy goats at the Mar?ion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. A showmanship clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. led by accomplished youth showman. At this day-long event there will be the Toy, Tool and Miscellan?eous drawing, a goat photography contest and exhibition, […]

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Riffels claim high honors at Hutchinson goat show
Riffels claim high honors at Hutchinson goat show

Riffels claim high honors at Hutchinson goat show

riffelgoats-9.jpg Click image to enlarge. Two Riffel families enjoyed success at the Kansas Classic Meat Goat Show in Hutchinson this weekend. Kailyn, Karl and Kyle Riffel each led class-winning entries, receiving embroidered director?s chairs. Callie Riffel placed second in class. Kyle?s entry was named the champion lightweight division winner and later reserve grand champion overall. Karl's class-winner was named reserve […]

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Jerry Moran tours damaged wheat fields in four counties

Congressman Jerry Moran visited wheat fields in four Kansas counties April 30 to get a first-hand look at the damage caused by the Easter weekend freeze.

Moran said he wanted to ?see and get a feel for what farmers are facing.?

Also on the tour were Rebecca Davis, director of the Risk Management Agency?s Topeka regional office, Jim Shroyer, extension agronomist at Kansas State University, and representatives of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

?The freeze stopped the main tillers in their tracks,? Shroyer said.

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Youth win ribbons at show
Youth win ribbons at show

Youth win ribbons at show

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Larry Zieammerman and sister Cara Martin with one of their miniature horses.

Siblings Cara Martin, 12, and Larry Zieammerman, 6, received several ribbons at the Heartland Miniature Horse Classic held April 28 and 29 at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita.

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One for the money, two for the show…
One for the money, two for the show…

One for the money, two for the show…

TyGoossenP4281416.JPG ?Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click photo to enlarge With some last-minute grooming help from his father, Tim (background), Ty Goossen of the South Cottonwood 4-H Club prepares to lead his Angus spring heifer into the show ring at the annual 4-H Spring Beef Show held Saturday at the Marion County Faigrounds. As it turned out, Goossen had reason […]

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