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  • 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

  • grazing 2.jpg Winter rangeland management

    As late fall frost settles across browning pastures, it’s time for farmers and ranchers to start planning their next rangeland management step.
    “Think long term — 5 to 10 years down the road,” Kansas NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist David Kraft advises.

    December 3, 2013 2 Photos

  • Jerry_Morris_0012.jpg Productive and protected

    Making fragile farmland productive again while continuing to protect against erosion is a primary goal at Morris Farms near Deerfield, Mo.

    November 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Do wheat fungicides pay?

    Holed up between planting and harvest, a gang of desperados is lying in wait to steal wheat yields.
    Included in that murderer’s row of yield killers are fungal diseases bent on picking the pockets of growers — when conditions are right.

    November 19, 2013

  • HArve at judging.jpg Building a legacy

    “Let’s talk in the arena,” he says, leading the way to a building that wouldn’t be standing without his foresight many years ago.

    November 12, 2013 3 Photos

  • FSCC 13 meats team.jpg Meats coach hanging up the hard hat

    His breath froze in the air as he entered through the cooler door. Skillfully, he stepped his steel-toe boots through a moving line of hanging beef carcasses known to knock passerbys to the ground.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • DSC_0198.jpg Bringing ag to the classroom

    For decades, agriculture and education have been closely linked. However, as the farm population began to shrink, and families became a couple of generations separated from farming, the emphasis on agriculture in textbooks also declined.

    October 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • 2009 christmas break cattle 061.jpg Winter stocker opportunities in today’s cattle market

    Cattle and beef markets have strengthened in October despite the uncertainty of the past couple of weeks.  Feeder and fed cattle prices, along with boxed beef have all advanced compared to pre-shutdown reports with fed cattle showing the strongest relative increase.

    October 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • Approaching disease from different perspectives

    What does a California field of barley from 1951 have to do with a field of Kansas wheat in 2013? The much reviled disease barley yellow dwarf (BYD) virus was named from a ferocious outbreak of the disease back in 1951 in California.

    October 22, 2013

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