Stories from the Agribusiness Newspaper Grass & Grain
By Pat Melgares, K-State Research and Extension news
Wheat growers in Kansas, take notice: The doctor is in.
K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Wheat are hosting a pair of meetings in Dodge City (March 7) and Wichita (March 8) to share what those organizations term “a prescription for producing high-yielding and high-quality wheat in a sustainable manner.”
The meetings – called Kansas Wheat Rx – combine suggested management practices for the economical and sustainable production of high-quality winter wheat in Kansas. The information is based on research conducted at Kansas State University and funded – at least in part – by Kansas Wheat, a cooperative agreement between the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.
The Dodge City meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Depot Theater, 201 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. The Wichita meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the Airport, 2098 Airport Road.
Registration is available free to members of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. The registration fee for non-members is $110, which includes membership to KAWG.
The lineup of wheat experts includes K-State faculty members Romulo Lollato, Carlos Bonini Pires, Kelsey Andersen Onfore, Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Dan O’Brien and Gregg Ibendahl, as well Carlos Bonini Pires and Logan Simon.
Among numerous topics, they will discuss:
- Cover crops and soil health.
- The benefit of wheat to cropping systems.
- Soil fertility.
- Important wheat diseases and fungicides.
- The economics of wheat production.
“We cannot change the impact of weather on each year’s crop, but we can arm wheat producers with the knowledge they need to maximize profitability through the genetic potential of new varieties and best management practices,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat.
Kansas Wheat has funded much of the research conducted at K-State, “from the importance of variety selection to the practices and tools farmers can use to improve quality,” according to Harries.
Much of the university’s wheat research is available in numerous publications available online. More information is also available at local Extension offices in Kansas.
The Abilene rodeo is the same excellent show, but fans, and especially contestants, will see improvements in the arena.
Abilene resident John McDonald has been working on revamping and updating the timed event end of the arena, the north end where the steer wrestlers, tie-down ropers, team ropers, barrel racers and breakaway ropers begin their runs.
He installed a new timed event chute, built pens for steers and calves, built a new “arrow” chute (to load individual animals in), and constructed new arena fence. He also added pens, gates and a stripping chute at the end for the animals.
The changes will benefit the contestants; the ropers will be able to enter the box from the back, instead of going through the arena to enter through the front. Pens of steers and calves will be located on the north end of the arena, instead of having to send them through the arena during the show, and the steers and calves will be able to be placed according to the order they are needed for competition.
ENTERPRISE, Ala. — Regenerative farming pioneer David Brandt, who passed away recently from complications resulting from an automobile accident, will be honored with his name’s addition to the Kendra Brandt scholarship fund, the Soil Health Academy announced recently.
In 2020, shortly after the death of David’s wife, Kendra, SHA established a fund in her name that provides SHA school scholarships to women and beginning farmers who are committed to growing the regenerative agriculture movement by implementing regenerative principles in their own operations or through regenerative agriculture education, outreach or policy advocacy.
(Washington, D.C., January 23, 2023) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it is extending the effective date of the final rule to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act until March 27, 2023. This decision comes after U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. and his colleagues urged the USFWS to delay the rule in a letter this month.
Despite the state’s ag prowess, many don’t have access to nutritious food
By Pat Melgares, K-State Research and Extension news service
Funding Available for Producers within the Milford Lake Watershed
Lands eligible for assistance to improve nutrient management
Milford Lake Watershed Partners, in conjunction with the Milford Lake Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), are announcing financial assistance to help improve nutrient management within the Milford Lake Watershed in a partnership effort to improve water quality conditions within Milford Lake.
The new regional commercial manager for the Central Plains has a degree in agronomy and a passion for wheat
Wichita, Kan., August 16, 2022 – Dan Dall has joined the Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) team as the Central Plains regional commercial manager. A Kansas native, Dall has always felt at home in the field.