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Last week, in an event that showcased ranchers’ resiliency, Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas State University hosted a ranch management field day at G-Three Cattle Company near Uniontown, Kansas.

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Each year, over a million head of cattle from Texas to Tennessee enter the care of Flint Hills families for a brief season of intensive grazing from April to late July or August. It’s a daunting task — bearing the bulk of responsibility for America’s beef — and it falls to a select few lando…

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Kansas State University has deep roots in the state’s agricultural history and in 2020 the university made plans to honor the Kansas agricultural families in a whole new way. The first annual Celebrate Agriculture Day, hosted by K-State Football, will be November 7 at the K-State vs. Texas T…

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From 2 to 500-plus horsepower, Dale Roberds has witnessed and made a lot of history on his Cherokee County, Kansas, operation. At 90 years old, when Roberds isn’t neglecting auto-steer in favor of leaving his younger farm employees in his dust, he’s marketing soybeans in his office and parti…

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In the maze of meat production, processing and distribution challenges triggered by COVID-19, establishing a local meat processing business began to look more appealing to businessmen and women in the agriculture sector than ever before.

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2019 was a wet, difficult year for farmers across the state of Kansas. Trade decisions during negotiations with China put a damper on commodity prices and producers were concerned they might face a farm collapse similar to the 1980s.

One of the few things more difficult than refraining from hugging close relatives and maintaining toilet paper supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic is navigating the litany of information surrounding government funding for agricultural businesses.

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Spring management on grazing lands is critical for optimum forage production and nutrition year-round. After a wet and muddy winter that left pastures with problem areas and with low cattle prices pushing producers to retain marketable animals, careful grass management will be more important…

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While the world seems to be at a standstill for most non-essential and office workers, spring planting season waits for no man. Farmers in the Four State took advantage of clear skies and warm weather last week as they prepared for the 2020 corn crop.

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Beef market turmoil and weather challenges will make Kansas and Oklahoma’s stocker industry a high-stakes game in 2020. With reining in costs to save profit margins a more important strategy than ever before, producers are searching for ways to reduce overhead without sacrificing cattle heal…

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For an online celebration of combined passions for family, cattle and cuisine, Flint Hills stocker operators Arturo and Wrenn Pacheco created their Cooking with the Cowboy culinary blog four years ago in 2016.

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While most of the world has secluded itself in isolation, across the Midwest spring rains are producing a high volume of nutritious forage critical to beef producers’ success, especially in challenging market conditions.

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For more than 47 years, animal handling expert Temple Grandin has guided the cattle industry through improved corporate facilities, animal welfare awareness and on-farm animal management. Last week at the Spring Forage Conference in Springfield, Missouri, Grandin shared some of her new findi…

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With adaptations perfect for the wild, dry prairies of the West, hard red winter wheat has been a clear choice for the majority of Kansas and Oklahoma, but in the wet conditions that permeate southeast Kansas, soft wheat is a rising star.

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Farmers were facing an unclear outlook for the future when Larry and Joanne Lindberg married in 1967. With over 50 years in their rearview mirror, the Lindbergs, as well as their sons Troy and Todd, faced challenges familiar to anyone who has made a life as a steward of the soil.

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Winter feeding is far and above the most labor-intensive, cost-prohibitive portion of running a beef cattle operation. E.M. Tiffany was almost certainly imagining unrolling hay in January mud when he penned his phrases on the “discomforts of agricultural life.”

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Leaving a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the livestock industry behind would be difficult for any proud cattleman. For Parsons Livestock Market owner Mark McKee, selling his established business to current manager Wade Dillinger represents a bright future as well as an end to his li…

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It’s never too early to prepare for disease prevention. During the Kansas Corn Management School in Parsons, Kansas State University plant pathologist Doug Jardine named his top diseases to watch in the New Year.

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Growing industrial hemp may seem like a novel practice in agriculture but Missouri actually has a history as a leader in hemp production. That history, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t much to learn about the crop with its resurgence in the state.

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Each year, our nation’s neighbor to the north, Canada, produces millions of acres of spring canola, while Kansas’ neighbor to the south, Oklahoma, is one of the top winter canola-producing states. As more producers look for profitable, sustainable crop rotation options amid decreasing wheat …

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If there ever was a year where southeast Kansas farmers were dependent on and disappointed by the munificence of a merciless Mother Nature, it was 2019. There are few facets of farming producers can agree upon, but the challenges and opportunities of 2019 are recognizable by even the most ob…

Late maturing soybeans face damage from early killing frost and need special attention for harvest and storage, said University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold.

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Cattle profitability is an illusive, multi-level construct that begins on a foundation of efficient forage, is enhanced through technology utilization, and ultimately fulfilled by decisive marketing. During the Eastern Research Station field day in Haskell, Oklahoma, researchers shared their…

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Definitions for innovation and sustainability across the globe were discussed in Manhattan as Kansas State University hosted the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock’s ninth annual multi stakeholder partnership meeting. While conference participants and international livestock leaders may…

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In a few short weeks, the largest agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 40th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

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