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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

Shorten the breeding, calving seasons

Submitted by Katie Allen K-State Research and Extension As many cattle producers consider rebuilding their herd, now is the time to think about shortening the breeding and calving season. Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains... Read More

Green and Growing: Companion plants can be beneficial to one another

Above is an example of a vegetable and herb garden that is ornamental and beneficial. Numbers apply as follows: 1, tomatoes; 2, peppers; 3, onions; 4, basic; 5, chives; 6, marigold; 7, nasturtium; and 8, baptisia. Photo Submitted

What a blessing to be surrounded by fruits, vegetables and flowers that thrive all around us! I have always been fascinated to learn how some plants grow well together and are mutually beneficial, while others compete with each other until one weakens the other’s strength. I love the idea that flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables can be planted together, look very decorative,... Read More

Marlene Bosworth wins KWF Land and Soil Wildlife Conservationist Award

Marlene Bosworth of Sabetha, right, receives the 2013 Land and Soil Conservationist of the Year award from Kansas Wildlife Federation President Troy Schroeder, left. Photo courtesy of Angela Anderson11 The Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) proudly announces winners of the 2013 Conservation Achievement Program (CAP) awards. KWF honored 14 recipients on Feb. 22 at a reception and banquet... Read More

WRAPS funding can help landowners meet conservation goals

MAP (Delaware Watershed) Although funding for conservation programs is often in short supply these days, Delaware River WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy) currently has cost share available for conservation practices in the watershed.  The purpose of the WRAPS funding is to help landowners meet their conservation goals and reduce sediment, nutrient and bacteria... Read More

Nemaha County Conservation District holds 67th annual meeting

Submitted by Dana Schmelzle District Manager, Nemaha County Conservation District The Nemaha County Conservation District’s 67th annual meeting was held Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Nemaha County Community Building in Seneca. A large crowd attended the meeting and enjoyed a delicious meal, furnished by the Nemaha County Bankers Association and prepared by the Corn Crib Restaurant. A... Read More

Lois Bindel experiences many changes in 45 years in seed business

Lois Bindel, center, receives an award in August 2013 for 45 years in the seed business. Presenting the award are District Sales Managers Jim Blecha, left, and Matthew Russell, right. Photo courtesy of Janelle Popkess

Lois Bindel, center, receives an award in August 2013 for 45 years in the seed business. Presenting the award are District Sales Managers Jim Blecha, left, and Matthew Russell, right. Photo courtesy of Janelle Popkess Lois Bindel of Fidelity has retired after 45 years in the seed business, in which she was partners with her husband Leo until his death in June 2006. After Leo lost... Read More

Planting calendar can be useful for starting vegetable seeds indoors

With daylight lasting a bit longer day by day, avid gardeners are hankering to plant. One way to satisfy that wish is to start vegetable seeds indoors, says Ward Upham, director of the Kansas State University Research and Extension Rapid Response Center in the horticulture, forestry and recreation resources department. “If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful... Read More

Craig and Daryl Deters receive natural resources award

Receiving the Farm Bureau’s state-level Natural Resources award are (L-R) Craig Deters and Daryl Deters. Photo Submitted

Receiving the Farm Bureau’s state-level Natural Resources award are (L-R) Craig Deters and Daryl Deters. Photo Submitted Craig and Daryl Deters of Centralia received the Farm Bureau Natural Resources Award during the State annual meeting in Manhattan. Each county nominated one member to represent their county for statewide competition.  District 1 includes 10 counties, and our... Read More

Planting calendar can be useful for starting vegetable seeds indoors

With daylight lasting a bit longer day by day, avid gardeners are hankering to plant. One way to satisfy that wish is to start vegetable seeds indoors, says Ward Upham, director of the Kansas State University Research and Extension Rapid Response Center in the horticulture, forestry and recreation resources department. “If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful... Read More

Kansas Commodity Classic is just around the corner

All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic in Manhattan on Feb. 13, to gain in-depth information on grain markets, a 2014 weather outlook, and projects in some of the state’s key commodities. Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, will be the featured speaker. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum... Read More

Carefully consider your next herd bull

With record high cattle prices and evidence of herd rebuilding in Kansas and across the nation, beef producers are likely going to buy some of the most expensive, but highest quality, bulls they have ever bought this upcoming spring bull buying season, said Dan Moser, associate professor and beef cattle genetics specialist for K-State Research and Extension. “Seedstock producers... Read More

Idols place in no-till/strip-till non-irrigated division

Harrison and Kem Idol of Hiawatha recently won third place in the A No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated division of the 2013 National Corn Growers’ Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest in Nebraska. They won with Pioneer brand hybrid P1498HR, which yielded 271 bushels per acre. The Idols earned one of the 266 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer hybrids. The NCGA awarded... Read More

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