Category: Business/Farm

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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Mother-daughter managing team ready to begin new pool season

Summer is just around the corner and the new co-managers at the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center are gearing up for some fun in the sun.

At the end of April, the city of Hillsboro hired Judy Helmer and Marci Cain as co-managers, succeeding Jodi Stutzman.

The mother-daughter tandem is familiar to many Marion County residents.

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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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Clipping along
Clipping along

Clipping along

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Barber Randy Wiens takes some light-hearted guff from Jim Peters, one of his 700 customers, about taking ?too much off the top? during a recent haircut appointment. Wiens is celebrating 25 years of service in Hillsboro on Friday and Saturday.Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

Open house?

To celebrate his quarter-century of cutting hair in HIllsboro, Randy Wiens is planning an open house at Silver Shears during his Friday and Saturday hours. He is offering refreshments, gifts, door prizes and a drawing for $25 in haircuts.

Randy Wiens jokes that he?s still trying to figure out what to do with his life. In the meantime, he?ll keep barbering.

This Saturday, Wiens will be celebrating 25 years of cutting hair in Hillsboro at his Silver Shears shop on Main Street.

?I was going to go to Hutch Juco when I graduated from Inman High, but I didn?t know why,? he said about his career choice.

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City approves revised plan for Emprise drive-through
City approves revised plan for Emprise drive-through

City approves revised plan for Emprise drive-through

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Traffic study plan for emprise bank drive-through. Click image to enlarge.

Emprise Bank received approval last Tuesday from the Hillsboro City Council to proceed with a revised plan for constructing a new drive-through lane at its Main and Grand location.

In late November, the council denied an initial proposal from the bank, even though the plan had been recommended for approval by the city?s Planning Commission.

 

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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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