The Crowder Aggies are already off to a running start this school year with the seventh annual Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo. Proceeds from the professional rodeo are used to support the Crowder agriculture students in contests and other activities.

Farmers across the state have access to many of the most cutting-edge wheat varieties ever bred. These varieties are all created with performance in mind, so how can producers gain that coveted yield bump when the dozens of varieties at their fingertips are all, by-and-large, on a fairly lev…

Markets are the primary means that the production and consumption of products are coordinated in the U.S. economy. Normally, markets ensure supply and demand are in equilibrium, or close to it, at all times and respond to changing conditions through countless small adjustments made constantl…

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Fine dining options are few and far between in rural Kansas while homegrown ingredients abound. Once a year, From the Land of Kansas selects a region of the state to host a dinner featuring farm fresh ingredients prepared by a local chef. This year’s event at Summit Hill Gardens in Chanute f…

Soil organic matter is one of the oddest components of soil. Although it comprises a small percentage of total soil volume and weight, it completely changes the color, nutrient transfers, cation exchange capacity and water-holding capacity.

At mid-August, some wheat producers are beginning to think about planting wheat for winter grazing. Weather conditions are the biggest factor for early planted wheat which can begin by late August and into September. An exceptionally hot July followed a wet and cool spring seriously depletin…

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Fighting weeds has been a battle between farmers and nature since the beginning of history, and the war has only intensified with the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds and invasive species.

Fed cattle processing capacity will be strained to handle record available supplies after a fire Aug. 9 closed the Tyson beef plant at Holcomb. The plant operated at about 6,000 head of fed cattle per day, leaving a shortfall in the national packing capacity of 30,000 head for a five-day wor…

The Missouri State Fair has been built over the last 100 years on strong traditions. Traditions of eating Fair food on opening day, attending concerts, family fun and, for you, bringing agricultural exhibits that will be showcased throughout the Fair. Nearly 30,000 exhibits play an important…

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Facing the late-summer heat for an opportunity to meet and greet with producers, Kansas Corn kicked off their statewide District Listening Tour in the Southeast District with a meeting in Columbus. The organization’s efforts in ethanol and increasing global trade were featured topics at the …

Most agricultural markets exhibit regular patterns of prices through the year, known as seasonal patterns. Price seasonality reflects the net effect of seasonal tendencies in both supply and demand.

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For area farmers, 2019 brought a year of historic rainfall leading to late planting, replanting, and even prevented planting in some cases. Combined with already low prices and ongoing trade concerns, it’s easy to see why the farm economy is struggling. On May 23, 2019, Agriculture Secretary…

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On average, beef by-product values represent about 10 percent of fed cattle prices. By-product values have been eroding sharply the past 18 months with weekly values declining from about $10.70 per hundredweight in early 2018 to about $9 per cwt by the end of the year. By-products represente…

USDA’s Crop Progress reports are based on visual observations from respondents across the country who frequently come in contact with farmers and ranchers growing a crop. These survey respondents visually and subjectively estimate the progress of the crop from planting through various stages…

The July Cattle report shows that the inventory of all cattle and calves in the U.S. was unchanged year over year at 103 million head as of July 1. The inventory of beef cows was likewise unchanged at 32.4 million head while the dairy cow inventory was 9.3 million, down 1.1 percent year over…

With Texas, Colorado and New Mexico reporting multiple confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis virus, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock owners to be aware and take precautions, particularly with animals that may be commingling with other animals at competitions an…

I just returned to Stillwater after several weeks of travel. Late last week I was in central Nebraska on the eastern side of the Sand Hills. Excess water continues to be an issue there with continued flooding and roads washed out. Bottomlands used for hay production are too wet for haying or…

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Polls focusing on Generation Z, or young people born after 1995, highlight a number of concerning cultural trends like a greater likelihood of extended screen times and preferring cool new products over meaningful experiences. For Generation Z members in rural communities like Tucker Leck, a…

With the hottest months of the summer approaching, backyard poultry producers need to be prepared to help their birds during the hot weather. Heat stress is a problem for poultry when the environmental temperatures and humidity rise above their comfort zones. Producers should be prepared to …

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Cattle pedicures, or more properly called hoof trimming, are not something the general public, and even some cattle producers, think of as an essential part of a health care program for dairy and beef operations.

A Kansas State University row crop specialist says he’s happy — even if surprised — by the low incidence of disease he’s finding in the state’s corn fields so far this summer.

Plenty of dynamics are impacting U.S. and global meat markets, some of which are beginning to be revealed in U.S. meat trade data. In the latest data, May U.S. beef exports were fractionally lower, down 0.1 percent year over year. Total U.S. beef exports are down 3.6 percent so far this year…

Ag producer sentiment rebounded in June as farmers’ expressed a more optimistic outlook toward the future of the ag economy. The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, based on a mid-month survey of 400 agricultural producers across the U.S., increased to a reading of 126 in June,…

According to the USDA/NASS crop progress and condition report for the week ending June 30, only 28 percent of Kansas winter wheat has been harvested, well behind 68 percent last year and 61 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 29 fair,…

Parades, carnivals, fireworks, food, family and friends are part of traditional 4th of July festivities. As we commemorate the independence of our country, consumers can add stable food prices as another cause for celebration. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation July 4th Cookout…

I am here, in the house, writing this column because we had another round of rain, and I cannot be out mowing hay. I said last summer I was not going to complain about rain, but here we are a year later, and it is hard not to. It appears the whole universe is against those of us in agricultu…

Total federally inspected beef production was 12.1 billion pounds in the first 24 weeks of 2019, up just 0.7 percent from the same period last year. That is an average production of 502.4 million pounds per week — an amazing number if you think about it! Given that there is little storage of…

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Farm-raised kids enjoy a close relationship to the production and processing of their food like few grocery store consumers can comprehend. At Show-Me Kansas Farms, Janet and Caleb Phillips hope to recreate the farmer-food connection for consumers removed from food production without sacrifi…

Harvest picked up momentum and began to move quickly over the weekend. It has reached many areas across the southern and central parts of the state. With the exception of the northwest, most areas are mature, and only the wet ground is keeping some farmers from the fields.

A “crown jewel ranch” of the Flint Hills has been listed for sale for $8.58 million. The 3,300-acre property known as the Crocker Springs Ranch is located in the heart of the original 140-million acre tallgrass prairie. Of the original prairie, less than 6 million acres remain.

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