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Grain prices - April 16, 2014
Courtesy Cargill Grain, Hutchinson

Wheat – $7.39 bu.
Milo - $4.62 bu.
Soybeans – $14.81 bu.
Corn - $4.75 bu.

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Wheat Tour Day 1
Aaron Harries
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:43
Aaron Harries, Kansas Wheat's Director of Marketing, reports from Colby:

Members of the 2013 Winter Wheat Tour estimated a 43.8 bushel per acre wheat crop for northern and central Kansas, based on 277 car stops on Day One of the three-day tour. It wrapped up in Colby Tuesday night, with the 70-plus tour participants seeing a variety of wheat conditions on the six routes from Manhattan to Colby.
Wheat conditions
Amy Bickel
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:30

We should know a little more, hopefully about the condition of our winter wheat fields by the end of this week.

Extension services can stay vital to agriculture
Sarah Goss
Friday, 26 April 2013 15:27

If I know anything about my husband, I know he doesn’t like being told what to do.

Especially from me.

Getting involved sows seeds for farming future
Mick Rausch
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:13

Hello, I’m Mick Rausch. Here’s a little bit about my family, the farm, and what we do both on and off the farm.

Targeting renewable energy key for Kansas
Steve Baccus
Friday, 12 April 2013 17:07

Every day, rural communities across Kansas benefit from a four-year-old law that provides needed income, good jobs and steady investments in our state. This law, the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, has helped Kansas become a national leader in developing, generating and exporting renewable energy.

Telling Ag's story
Mandy Fox
Friday, 05 April 2013 16:52

Throughout my academic and professional careers, I have been blessed with leadership opportunities.

I am not sure if that is because I am a good leader or a good volunteer, but either way, the experiences have left a lasting impression on me. 

Putting "face" on corproate farming should rate highly-
Katie Sawyer
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 17:47

As millions of hard-working employees commute to offices, skyscrapers and boardrooms each morning, my husband dons his coveralls, Muck boots and mud-covered gloves for another day among the cattle and crops on our McPherson County farm. Recently it was nothing short of exhausting for him and others trying to welcome calves into two feet of snow and 40 mile-per-hour winds. But he, like any dedicated business owner, knows that success requires continual sacrifice and unwavering dedication.

Brain bird
Jim Sipes
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:26

Farming in southwest Kansas has always been a challenge, especially for those of us attempting dryland production in the middle of extreme drought. With less than 10 inches of precipitation in the past two years on most of my farm, I often dream of better times.

Tribute to Farmers and Ranchers
Adrian Polansky
Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:44

I speak for the people working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We all are proud to be partners with the men and women who farm and ranch in Kansas.  Agriculture is an honorable profession and we are honored to do our part to help. We salute you on Ag Day, March 19.

Another eye-opening agricultural event is expected
Guest Columnist
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:09

By Amy Bickel
The Hutchinson News

It almost was like a California gold rush, Scott Williams said.

He gestured across the landscape in December of what appears to be rolling knolls of grass. In this region of southeast Kansas, hundreds of underground shafts and strip mines were dug more than a century ago. Around these mines, camps and towns popped up, including Coalvale, Yale and Midway.

Cover Crops and Crop Insurance
Vance Ehmke
Monday, 11 March 2013 14:01

Wheat and More…or Less

While there is some interest in planting cover crops in semiarid areas of western Kansas, for instance, you might want to look before you leap — because the practice will affect your ability to insure the following crop.
A bad seed
Jason Probst
Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:48

Two bills work to sell off Kansas one farm at a time

Two proposals with their origins in the Governor’s office are designed to work hand in hand to undermine a Kansas way of life and simultaneously cede the state’s natural resources to corporate agricultural interests.

Kansas Universities Changing Lives for 150 Years
Sen. Jerry Moran
Monday, 25 February 2013 16:59



The historian James Truslow Adams once wrote: “There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” KansasStateUniversity and EmporiaStateUniversity have been highly successful at doing both for more than a century. 

Waste not – want not
John Schlageck
Monday, 25 February 2013 16:52

During the last couple of decades, some environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps and alleged failed attempts at using herbicides and other crop protectors. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable.


   Technology is often labeled as the No. 1 environmental enemy by some of these groups. Food producers – farmers and ranchers – view technology as the application of knowledge. As humans, we survive by adapting the environment to our needs.


   Take away technology and humans would be just like other primates – confined to tropical regions and subject to extinction due to environmental changes. To survive, mankind has changed his environment while conserving resources and continually creating new ones.


   Resources are made not born. Land, ores, petroleum – the raw materials of our planet – do not inherently further human purposes.


   Man determines what is useful and how to use it. Topsoil becomes a resource when a farmer prepares the soil and plants wheat seed, for example. Ores become resources when metals are extracted from them.


   During the past two centuries, technology has been creating resources more rapidly than humans have been consuming them. By every measure of price and availability, resources have become more abundant.


   Without science and technology today’s farmers and ranchers would be unable to feed the masses. Farmers use technology responsibly and adopt new farming methods and practices by attending training sessions and courses.


   But new farm technology is expensive. It is in the best interest of farmers to use it carefully and sparingly. Misuse would add to the cost of production, which would result in an even lower return on their investment.


   Farmers use agricultural chemicals only when necessary. When they use chemicals, farmers follow label directions designed for public health and safety. When a rancher uses antibiotics and other animal health products for their stock, they follow proper drug use practices. When new advances in biotechnology are discovered, farmers must abide by stringent testing and monitoring practices that ensure only safe products in the marketplace.


   Food produced in the United States is safe. More than four decades of Food and Drug Administration testing has shown the majority of our fruits and vegetables have no detectable pesticide residues. This underscores that American farmers use pesticides properly. Our grain and cereal crops are among the cleanest and most wholesome in the world.


   Countless laws help ensure our food is safe. Billions of dollars are spent to support food and agricultural safety and quality inspection. The private sector, combined with state and local governments, also spends billions on similar activities.


   Farmers and ranchers support efforts to evaluate and enhance the current regulatory and food monitoring system. Agricultural producers want to work with all parties toward maintaining safe food, but this industry must avoid policy changes that are based solely on fear or false information.


   Decisions affecting the course of agricultural production remain critically important and will have far reaching implications on our quality of life. We must be careful in determining long-term policies. Farmers and ranchers will continue to maximize their production capacity with an ever-watchful eye on food safety, quality and our environment.


Darin Grimm-AgChat
Ron Wilson
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:10
altLet's go to southern California where a conference on social media is
underway. Participants are learning how to utilize the new technology of
social media. Remarkably, one of the speakers is a farmer from rural Kansas.
He is a cofounder of a new entity which is helping thousands of people learn
more about agriculture.
Becoming vegan for ag-vocacy sake
Guest Columnist
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:13

Danielle Beard
Farm Talk Newspaper

Parsons, Kansas — “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” — Native American proverb

As a mascara addicted, omnivore Okie who grew up cowboy boot top deep in the beef industry, I’ve been criticized by my plant-based diet peers for my so-called “barbaric” lifestyle.

Kansas is your customer
John Schlageck
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:05
While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our food production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products.
Too early to tell on harvest
John Schlageck
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:40
Travel anywhere in the Sunflower State and people will tell you it's dry. It's so dry the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared last week that all but one of the 105 Kansas counties is in a drought disaster. This clears the way for farmers and ranchers to seek low-interest emergency loans.
Bright Days Ahead for Kansas
Sen. Jerry Moran
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:02
On January 29, 1861, our state was founded on the ideals of personal freedom and individual liberty. The 152nd anniversary serves as a time to challenge all Kansans to carry on the enduring legacy of our founders.
Rod Huse – Jake’s Wire Tighteners
Ron Wilson
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:30
“Good fences make good neighbors,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. But what happens when those fences get loose or the wires start to sag? Today, in Kansas Profile, we’ll meet a Kansas entrepreneur who represents a company with a product that can fix such fences.
Corporate farming
Guest Columnist
Friday, 18 January 2013 10:21

By Mary Rintoul
The Hutchinson News    

Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske said there is reason to worry. And there is.

Your Wheat Variety Can Control Weeds
Vance Ehmke
Monday, 14 January 2013 08:56

Wheat and More….or Less

There is some good news in the battle on how to control weeds in stubble fields after harvest.  And believe it or not, the ticket to clean post-harvest stubble may be simply the wheat variety you’re planting.
Silence is golden
John Schlageck
Monday, 24 December 2012 11:51

 Today, information bombards us like a meteor shower. It’s everywhere.

 Each day our eyes see thousands of images on television and computer screens. Our ears hear thousands of words. Many people read thousands of words on the printed page.

Yes, sorghum
John Montgomery
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:06

Sorghum deserves designation as federally approved renewable fuel

Federal designation of sorghum-based ethanol as a renewable fuel is good for the nation and for Kansas, its top sorghum-growing state.


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