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As farmers grapple with plummeting farm economy, Mykel Taylor and other Kansas State University economists are hitting the road to offer advice to worried farmers trying to survive through tougher financial times.

  • By Jordan Hildebrand, Kansas Wheat
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Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western Kansas is currently in moderate to severe drought just a few weeks after the entirety of the state was declared drought free for the first time i…

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Renters, landowners and recreational land users are invited to attend the K-State Research and Extension Ag Lease Law and Recreational Lease Workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Ellis County Extension Office back meeting room. This program is designed for anyone who wants to know more about agricultural leasing and related laws; all interested people are invited to attend the free program.

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There has been a lot of talk lately of self-driving cars, but farmers have already been making good use of self-driving tractors for more than a decade—in part due to a partnership between John Deere and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on global positioning system receivers.

Dear Art, I was looking over your July wheat estimate used for determining the 2016/2017 MYA price for wheat. I know those prices are not cash prices the farmer receives (I thought they were supposed to resemble prices paid by large regional grain buyers) but $4.05/bu is not even in the ball…

MANHATTAN – As temperatures warm up, many people make plans to go fishing or swimming in Kansas’ farm ponds. Ponds can serve practical and recreational purposes, but they aren’t as useful or as aesthetic when they are cloudy or muddy.

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  • By Cindy Hoedel The Kansas City Star
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COMANCHE COUNTY — Counting cattle guards is how you pass the time and mark the distance from when you turn off the road to when you arrive at the main house on my cousin's ranch. There are 13, and I always lose track around eight or nine.

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Double cropping after wheat can be a high-risk venture. The available growing season is relatively short. Heat and/or dry conditions in July and August may cause problems with germination, emergence, seed set, or grain fill. Still, the good soil moisture conditions so far this year improve t…

  • Ignacio Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist ciampitti@ksu.edu
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The rainy season in combination with unusual low temperatures are causing slow plant growth for all summer crops, including corn. Cold temperatures and saturated soils are not only affecting corn stands through uneven emergence and lack of uniformity, but are also causing a phenomenon in you…