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Weather does a number on local wheat harvest

Wheat is being taken in by Ag Partners Coop in Sabetha.

Heather Freeman | Herald This year’s wheat harvest has been through it all. Despite the rain, freezing weather, drastic temperature changes and disease, the combines have started up and harvest has begun. Some areas of the state are just finishing up their wheat harvest, while others are just beginning. Wheat harvest in our area began Tuesday, June 30, said Dan Dalinghaus, manager... Read More

Mary Fund of Goff is appointed new KRC executive director

Mary Fund

The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Mary Fund of rural Goff to its executive director position. Fund has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since January 2015 and is a long-time KRC staff member. “We are pleased that Mary has accepted the position, and feel that her history with the organization, and her background... Read More

Deadline is July 27 for emergency disaster loan applications

Monday, July 27, is the expiration date for filing applications for Emergency Disaster (EM) loans by farmers and ranchers in Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie and Riley counties. Farmers and ranchers needing farm credit as a result of excessive rain, flash flooding, high winds and hail from Aug. 29, 2014, through Oct. 2, 2014, and who think they are eligible for Farm Service Agency... Read More

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils support recreation

At Kansas State University’s Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center, located north of Manhattan, even the occasional passerby will notice many small plots that showcase a variety of recreational fields. From athletic fields where players would take part in soccer, for example, to a putting green that meets United States Golf Association specifications, K-State Research and Extension... Read More

Kansas Native Plant Society to host public plant walk

The Kansas Native Plant Society will hold its May Board of Directors meeting at the Highland Community College Klinefelter Barn Conference Center from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2. From 2 to 4 p.m., the public is invited to a native plant walk on the Klinefelter Farm trails. Board members will accompany visitors to help identify native plants. Directions: Go two miles east of... Read More

Workshop: Support wildlife habitat while improving soils on your farm

A cover crop is a crop planted for the purpose of providing seasonal cover or for other conservation purposes such as improvement of soil, erosion control, control of pests, or to provide supplemental forage for livestock. Cover crops also can provide essential habitat for both game and non-game wildlife, including beneficial insects. A workshop for Integrating Cover Crops into... Read More

Give chickens a home they can cluck about

It’s coming, if we wait a bit longer. This chilly time of year, our thoughts turn to spring activities, like planting flowers and vegetables, and for some, buying a few chickens. “The hobby of raising a few hens for eggs has really taken off as more people are interested in foods produced locally and others want to become more self-sufficient,” said Scott Beyer, a professor... Read More

Grain Dust Explosions: In a Flash

Conditions can develop quickly for grain dust explosions. Training and new technologies can reduce the chances, K-State specialist says. We’ve seen the impact they can cause – grain dust explosions sparked when certain conditions come together to create a combustible situation. And those conditions can develop much faster than many know, according to a Kansas State University... Read More

Survey indicates lower farmland prices, more non-performing loans in the short-term outlook

The agricultural lender sentiment for the end of 2014 shows that lenders have decreased expectations for the short- and long-term outlook. Respondents of a Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey expect farmland prices to decline and non-performing loans to increase. The five areas surveyed include farm loan interest rates, spread over cost of funds, farm loan volumes,... Read More

Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill is Commercial Producer of the Year

Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill was selected as Commercial Producer of the Year by American Maine-Anjou Association at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This trophy buckle is in recognition for using Maine-Anjou genetics in heir Commercial Cow-Calf operation. The Steele Family’s genetic strategy has been focused on using Maine-Anjou bulls crossed with their Angus cow herd to produce Maine Influence calves which are fast growing, heavy muscled and top the market on sale day. Pictured (L to R) are Faye, Mark, Jessica and Chance Steele.

Cedar Creek Farms of Morrill was selected as Commercial Producer of the Year by American Maine-Anjou Association at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This trophy buckle is in recognition for using Maine-Anjou genetics in heir Commercial Cow-Calf operation. The Steele Family’s genetic strategy has been focused on using Maine-Anjou bulls crossed with their Angus... Read More

Don Montgomery honored for 50 years of dedication to KLA

Half a century of dedication Donald Montgomery of Sabetha was honored Dec. 3 during the KLA Convention in Wichita for supporting the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) for 50 years. Montgomery operated Maple Hurst Farm, a cattle and hog feeding and grain farming operation in Nemaha County. Since his retirement, his sons, Steve and Kevin, have taken over the business. He graduated... Read More

Nutrient balance and integrated management are keys to optimal corn yields

It takes more than high nitrogen uptake for corn to realize its maximum yield potential. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus uptake needs to be in the proper ratio. This is one of the main findings of a comprehensive review of corn research in the United States and worldwide over the past 100 years by cropping systems specialists, Ignacio Ciampitti of Kansas State University, and... Read More

Cover crop survey report documents yield boost, soil benefits and ag retailer roles

Cover Crop Acres by Year

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey — which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) —... Read More

Craig Strahm’s grandparents bought Sabetha area farm in 1913

Holding their Century Farm plaque in front of the house on the Strahm Farm are (L-R) Craig, Phyllis and Jocelyne Strahm. This house has undergone a few modifications since it came into the Strahm family.

This slideshow requires JavaScript. The farm at 2267 200th Road northwest of Sabetha where Craig and Jocelyne Strahm now live and which they operate is co-owned with Craig’s mother, Phyllis Strahm. It has been in the Strahm family for 101 years. The farm was passed down to Craig from his paternal grandparents, Joseph J. and Ollie (Rokey) Strahm, through Craig’s parents, Art... Read More

A trifecta of water-planning tools

Crop News K-State’s Mobile Irrigation Lab offers irrigators a variety of online water-planning tools that can help determine the best short and long-term cropping decisions and how to efficiently use available water. As fall progresses into winter and harvest comes to a close, crop producers might want to consider planning their future crop rotations, crop mixes and irrigation... Read More

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