Agriculture News

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.

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.

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.


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.