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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. #gallery-11468-1-slideshow .slideshow-slide img { max-height: 410px; /* Emulate max-height in IE 6 */ _height: expression(this.scrollHeight >= 410 ? '410px' : 'auto'); } 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... 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

Upland bird population is flying low

Upland bird populations in Northeast Kansas remain lower than the historical long-term trends. Traditional game species like the bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant are two species of upland birds that immediately come to mind, since many landowners have seen their numbers decline substantially. Even other non-game grassland birds such as the eastern meadowlark, loggerhead shrike... Read More

Make time to body condition score cows

CHECK YOUR CATTLE Fall is a good time to do body condition scoring on the beef herd, as it can help prepare producers for management through the remainder of fall and into the winter. The old tractor still runs, but because the fuel gauge is busted, you have to keep checking to make sure it has enough fuel to continue working. And whether you realize it or not, your cows function... Read More

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

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