Category: Agriculture News

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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Wheat farmers gather for information, seek patience
Wheat farmers gather for information, seek patience

Wheat farmers gather for information, seek patience

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Gary Kilgore (foreground), KSU crops and soils specialist, offers his view of the wheat situation in Marion County during Tuesday?s gathering at the test plots southeast of Hillsboro. Click thumbnail to enlarge.

Local wheat producers hoping to receive clear direction about what to do with their freeze-bitten wheat fields were probably disappointed following two separate gatherings with crop experts.

The bottom line at both gathering was essentially the same: Be patient. It?s too early to know if the damage caused by the Easter-season freeze is devastating or merely discouraging.

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Chase County Conservation District taking help requests

The Chase County Conserva?tion District is conducting a signup through May 31 to accept requests for state cost-share assistance.

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State agencies extend CRP burn

The Kansas Farm Service Agency has authorized the extension of the specific contract maintenance activities for acreages enrolled under the Conservation Reserve Program.

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County Fairgrounds to host cattle dog trial April 28-29

The second annual Cotton?wood Crossing Cattle Dog Trial will be April 28 and 29 at the Marion County Fairgrounds at Hillsboro.

Competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa exhibited last year to a large receptive audience.

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Did freeze damage crops

Overnight temperatures dropped into the critical zone for several evenings in a row this past week. Normally, a hard freeze in early April is not a problem for wheat. But this year, the crop is about two weeks ahead of normal development.

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DCP signup deadline is Aug. 3

The signup deadline for producers enrolling in the the 2007 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program has been extended to Aug. 3.

The extension of time is being offered due to issues involving the recent ineffective performance of the Farm Service Agency?s Web-based computer system.

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FSA issues $9 million in aid in county

The mission of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is to help ensure the well being of American agriculture. In Kansas, this mission is being fulfilled through the administration of more than 20 programs and direct benefits that serve the state?s farmers and ranchers. FSA farm loan programs are an important source of credit to family farmers unable to obtain credit […]

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Programs enable FSA to assist Kansas agriculture producers

The mission of the Farm Service Agency is to help ensure the well being of Amer?ican agriculture. In Kansas, this mission is being fulfilled through the administration of more than 20 various programs and direct benefits that serve the state?s farmers and ranchers.

FSA farm loan programs are an important source of credit to family farmers unable to obtain credit from conventional sources at reasonable rates and terms. Kansas FSA county offices approved 907 farm operating, ownership, and emergency type loans totaling to $89,002,542.

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Rain is critical component for 2007 crops prospects
Rain is critical component for 2007 crops prospects

Rain is critical component for 2007 crops prospects

 You can make the case that things don?t look too bad for crops in Marion County this year, but all questions are overshadowed by the top issue that has dominated local farming throughout this decade?we need rain and we need it badly.

Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said top soil moisture is close to adequate now, ?But we just don?t have much subsoil moisture yet. A lot of the snow we got ran off, the ground was so frozen. We didn?t get all of that moisture because it couldn?t penetrate, didn?t infiltrate. It helped. A little of it went into ponds, which we really needed.

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