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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. #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

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