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Food Animal Production Faces Challenges with New Antibiotic Regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that revised labels established according to Guidance Documents No. 209 and No. 213 will go into effect in December 2016. There will also be new regulations regarding how veterinarians will authorize the use of medically important antibiotics in the feed of food animals. Michael Apley, DVM and professor of Production Medicine... Read More

Reaping the benefits of seeds sown

Corn Harvest 2_2014

Corn harvested on Monday, October 6, pours from Don Meyer’s truck at the Sabetha West AgPartners Cooperative facility. Location manager Dan Dalinghaus said the corn harvest is approximately 50 percent complete. The average yield so far has been about 150 bushels per acre, he said. He expects the bushel amount will be approximately 90 percent of last year, which is still above... Read More

K-State veterinarian reviews new study about economic value of testing for bovine viral diarrhea

The name of the disease is somewhat misleading. Although symptoms of this problematic virus – bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD – in beef herds include respiratory disease, and of course, diarrhea, it can lead to even greater problems for beef producers. “Diarrhea is such a minor part of this disease,” said Gregg Hanzlicek, a Kansas State University veterinarian. “On a cow-calf... Read More

Cold snap may have nipped Kansas sorghum, soybeans more than corn

From time to time over the past few months it seemed like fall was trying to crowd out summer, and now it’s a little more serious. The latest cold snap may have been enough to impact grain filling and test weight for Kansas’ summer row crops, especially sorghum and soybeans, according to a Kansas State University agronomist. “Based on preliminary temperatures, the lowest temperatures... Read More

K-State expert explains crop watering approaches

Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many Kansas farmers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface in the state, these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water. Nathan Hendricks, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Kansas... Read More

The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture educational series

Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women. Whether they’re the principal operator, have inherited farm ground or married... Read More

Herbicide-resistant weed Kochia threatens no-till farming

Known by the name tumbleweed, it’s been romanticized in story and song. And when it’s called summer-cypress, it sounds downright exotic. No matter what you call it, the weed kochia, cuts into crop yields and farmers’ profits. And it’s become harder to control. With roots that grow deep into the soil — as much as 16 feet during drought — the Kochia plant (Kochia scoparia)... Read More

Proposed permit for swine finishing barn is approved

Concerned patrons who attended the June 10 hearing on the proposed Loren Grimm Swine Finishing Barn received a letter from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) dated June 30, 2014, stating that the proposed Water Pollution Control Permit No. A-MOBR-S044, has been approved. The permit was filed with KDHE on Jan. 13. As proposed, the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation... Read More

Farmers wrap up wheat harvest

Rural Sabetha farmer Lee Livengood combines this wheat field north of Sabetha on Friday afternoon, July 11. Farmers wrapped up the wheat harvest over the weekend, bringing final loads into the Ag Partners Cooperative in Sabetha on Sunday, July 13. Location Manager Dan Dalinghaus reports the overall yield in the area — including rural Sabetha, Bern, Morrill and Wetmore — is above average, approximately 55 to 60 bushels per acre. However, he said, the yield varied greatly from farm to farm. Some frost-nipped yields dipped as low as the mid-30s, while other areas yielded in the upper 70s. Overall, Dalinghaus said, the harvest was larger than expected. “We usually take in about 100,000 bushel,” he said. “This year, we are going to finish out around 125,000 bushel.” Dalinghaus reported that test weights were good, and moisture levels were slightly on the high side — between 15 and 20 percent — but “not too bad.” Herald Photo by Krista Wasinger

Rural Sabetha farmer Lee Livengood combines this wheat field north of Sabetha on Friday afternoon, July 11. Farmers wrapped up the wheat harvest over the weekend, bringing final loads into the Ag Partners Cooperative in Sabetha on Sunday, July 13. Location Manager Dan Dalinghaus reports the overall yield in the area — including rural Sabetha, Bern, Morrill and Wetmore — is above... Read More

Rain breaks for brome harvest

Adam Pyle displays freshly cut brome on Tuesday morning, July 1. Weather has pushed the hay harvest back a few weeks, but cutting and baling is now in full swing. In a few days, Pyle said, this freshly cut field will be raked and baled. Herald Photo by Amber Deters

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Apply for Cost Share Funds for Cover Crops in Delaware River Watershed

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. Delaware River WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy) currently has cost share funds available for the establishment of cover crops for cropland... Read More

K-State researchers conduct cow feeding study

Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd. One of the hot topics in the beef sector today, especially in dealing with drought, is that more producers are considering confined feeding for cows using low-quality forages with protein by-products. The process of using... Read More

Nemaha County Farm Bureau seeks nominations for 2014 Century Farms

Tradition and heritage is a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world. The history of these farms and ranches is rich, with many stories to tell. In that spirit, Kansas Farm Bureau, the state’s leading agriculture advocacy organization,... Read More

Marlene Bosworth of Sabetha receives education award

Marlene Bosworth expresses appreciation for the prestigious Excrellence in Conservation and Environmental Education award. Photo courtesy of Melissa Arthur Marlene Bosworth, former coordinator of the Delaware River Watershed Protection and Restoration Strategy (WRAPS) Program, received the prestigious “2014 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education” Award for Agriculture... Read More

Improve soil health

The Nemaha County Conservation District wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship week April 27 through May 4. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil.” “Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend... Read More

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