Category: Agriculture News

COMMENTARY- NBAF project would be a boon for Kansas

In Kansas and our neighboring states, protecting our food supply?crops and animals?is key. This nation?s economy depends on farmers and ranchers and those who work in this valuable sector.

Agriculture provides more the 22 million jobs in the United States even though less than 2 million are farmers and ranchers. The agribusiness sector contributes more than $1 trillion annually to this nation?s economy. This amounts to 15 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops
Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops

Army worms launch latest attack on farm crops


This infestation of army worms shows the potential for damage they pose as they move through a field of brome grass or wheat. The army worms in many cases are stripping the brome grass down to the central rib of the blade, says Kevin Suderman, agronomist with Cooperative Grain & Supply. Photo courtesy of Kevin Suderman and CG&S. Click image to enlarge.


Just when you thought the freeze-damaged wheat couldn?t possibly be hurt anymore, along comes word that army worms are eating their way across the country as a final blow.

A final blow does sound like the logical outcome to most people when they first hear about army worms moving in. But Kevin Suderman, agronomist with Cooperative Grain & Supply, said the biggest damage from the hungry worms actually is being done to another important crop: brome grass for hay and pasture.

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Commentary-Storm?s path left a hard, long trail

While it?s been more than a month since the monster storm system hit Kiowa, Edwards, Stafford, Barton and Saline counties, it?s difficult to erase the images, smells and feelings of this disaster from my mind.

I traveled through these counties 10 days after May 4. I saw with my own eyes the aftermath of the storms while listening to stories by the people who road them out.

Listing all of the details about this storm would be impossible. Instead, here are some of the more vivid ones.

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Nominees sought for FSA Area No. 1 opening

The election of local farmers and ranchers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important in giving producers a voice in how federal farm programs and services are administered in their local areas.

It also maintains a direct link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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State FSA targeting new groups for assistance

The Kansas Farm Service Agency is targeting and reaching out to underrepresented groups like women and minority farmers in the state in an effort to get more of them involved in its farm programs.

?We?re in the business of helping our farmers and ranchers?all of them,? said Bill Fuller, executive director of the Kansas Farm Service Agency.

?Our programs are generally well known throughout the ag community,? he said. ?We do not have to promote their availability to the producers who have traditionally used them.

?But there may be producers, especially among women and minority farmers, who still are not aware of our programs and the benefits that may be available to them.

?We want to reach those producers and tell them the Farm Service Agency is here for them too.?

Fuller said that while FSA programs remain available to all producers, ?We want to increase participation by traditionally under-represented groups.

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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

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

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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