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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

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

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