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  • Sedgwick-Skillathon.jpg Stellar performance by Sedgwick County 4-H’ers

    Four-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
    Those qualities are exemplified by the Sedgwick County 4-H Meat Judging and Livestock Skillathon team members exemplify those qualities, achieving a new pinnacle of success in 2013.

    February 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • drone_wiebold.jpg Eye in the sky, feet on the ground

    Soaring over farms and fields for a bird’s eye view of crops and livestock is an intriguing possibility for some farmers and ranchers.
    And, perhaps, a whole lot of hogwash for others.
    Regardless of your point of view, agriculture’s use of drones is taking off.

    February 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • fallcolorcow.jpg Cattle inventory down 2%; replacements up 2%

    All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, two percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013, according to USDA.
    This is the lowest January 1 inventory since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951.

    February 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rethorst KOMA_cmyk.jpg KOMA Beef Cattle Conference

    “Producing safe, wholesome beef that will provide an enjoyable eating experience and comes from cattle that have been properly cared for from conception to consumption.”

    January 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • KSA yield winner Getman.JPG Kansas Soybean Contest Winners Near 100-Bushel Mark

    Carefully planned growing practices and wisely selected seedstock varieties combined with favorable growing conditions to help Kansas farmers achieve high soybean yields and quality in 2013.

    January 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • rock fence.jpg A collision of visions

    A collision of visions — that is what’s on the horizon for all of rural America according to northwestern Montana logger Bruce Vincent at the 2014 Kansas Soybean Expo.
    And he should know.

    January 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • Three_Surveillance_cameras.jpg When no one's looking

    With the dollars agricultural producers have invested in their operations, electronic surveillance is becoming an important risk management tool.

    January 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • feedlot.jpg Fewer cattle, higher prices

    Beef packers paid $133 to $136 for slaughter cattle, surpassing the previous record of $132 set in late October, according to USDA.

    December 31, 2013 1 Photo

  • curtpate2.jpg Stockmanship and quality of life

    “Are we putting cattle through the chute to see how fast we can do it? Or are we putting cattle through the chute to see how well we can process them?”

    December 24, 2013 1 Photo

  • USDA increases ag export outlook

    USDA has increased its projections for fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports to $137 billion, up $2 billion from its last forecast in August but $3.9 billion below last year’s record export figures.

    December 10, 2013

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