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Leonardo da Vinci might have been describing the last few growing seasons for pastures when he wrote, “Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated, will produce the rankest weeds.”

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Rapidly intensifying “flash drought”—attributed in part to extreme late-summer heat—continued to afflict many areas from the lower Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States to the Gulf Coast, according to the Sept. 17 U.S. Drought Monitor released Sept. 19. Likewise, an abysmal Southwestern monsoon (t…

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Thirteen farmers and ranchers from across the country took part in educational programs recently in Washington, D.C. These programs promote leadership skills and technical training for the next generation of young agricultural professionals.

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University of Missouri Extension rural safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch said National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15 to 21, is a good time to review precautions for grain bins with farmworkers and family members.

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Bill Clifford, an Air Force veteran, small business owner and ophthalmologist based in Garden City recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in Kansas’ First District.

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The Nature Conservancy of Kansas has announced Oct. 12 will be the grand opening of Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park. The new state park, a collaboration between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and The Nature Conservancy of Kansas, is located in Logan County between …

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Kubota North America Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, has previewed the all-new M8 series. The M8 series is Kubota’s tractor line boasting over 200 horsepower. It is the company’s newest, largest and highest horsepower utility agriculture machine yet.

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Patriot, Mineral Wells, Texas, offers a new SolarGuard 80 and SolarGuard 150 electric fence, and includes the “all in one” design including an internal battery and solar panel in a compact package. The solar panel recharges the internal battery to power the fence line and a large storage cap…

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DewEze, the hay handling company ranchers have relied on for decades in Harper, Kansas, has released its next generation S3 hay processor. The S3 is a versatile machine for feeding into bunks, windrowing into a pasture or re-baling large, round bales for the small square market.

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Sit around any coffee pot that gathers farmers and you’ll quickly learn three different ways to raise a crop, four differing marketing philosophies and the proper way to maintain a 1978 Chevrolet pickup truck.

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OK-FIRE is an interactive website at https://okfire.mesonet.org that serves as a useful tool for wildland fire managers in Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension is hosting several free workshops this fall to help those involved in wildland fire management learn how to use…

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Join us Oct 12 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Julesburg Library in Julesburg, Colorado, for a comprehensive planting to pruning workshop for trees.  We continue to gather more research in the science of planting trees and tree care. This is a good time to get updated and be prepared for late wint…

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The theme for the 2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest is “Describe the Farmer of the Future. What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus. Signup for this U.S. Department of Agricul…

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Ford County Fire and EMS reported on Facebook that fire crews were dispatched to Cargill Meats east of Dodge City, Kansas, for a fire and smoke above the rendering side of the plant the afternoon of Sept. 13. The Dodge City Fire Department also responded, and the fire was contained and put out.

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works R.D. James announced last week the agencies have repealed the 2015 Obama Administration rule expanding the definition of waters of the U.S. This action by the Trump Adm…

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You may be familiar with the saying “busy as a beaver,” and beavers can be pretty busy in southeast Kansas. If you spend time around ponds and creeks you may have seen signs indicating that beavers have been busily working to build their dams, dens, and food caches. Other signs that beavers …

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has received over 3,800 bear-incident reports so far since April 1, most involving bears trying to access food sources. The number of reports is expected to grow as bears enter hyperphagia, the period of preparing for hibernation when bears spend up to 20 hours a …

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Despite falling commodity prices and the perils some producers find themselves in, one producer says agricultural production can be profitable if producers open their minds to the potential of their operations.

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While there was no time to build an ark to prepare for the “bomb cyclone” that hit Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest this spring, farmer Noah Seim said one of his fields successfully braved the storm because he had established a healthy stand of rye as a cover crop.

Noah has been planting cover crops on his cropland for over 10 years. He recently enrolled in the Nebraska Soil Health Initiative, a partnership effort between the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, to gain a better understanding of the science behind planting cover crops and the impact on soil health.

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It is now widely understood that living healthy soil provides the foundation for successful farming, and supports plant, animal, and human life. However, while the concept of “feeding the soil” has been around for a long time, for many it is still uncharted territory.

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Chief Agricultural Negotiator Ambassador Gregg Doud brings his Kansas upbringing and the lessons he learned on the family farm into every trade conversation he conducts for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, confirmed a find of emerald ash borer in Saunders County. The Nebraska Forest Service collected an EAB larva from a tree on private land near Ashland. EAB, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills…

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Dr. Roger Marshall, Republican congressman from Kansas, announced his candidacy for the Senate Sept. 7, at the Kansas State Fair. He is campaigning for the seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, who previously announced he will not seek a fifth term.

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As you get older, your doctor may recommend vaccinations to help prevent certain illnesses and to keep you healthy. Talk with your doctor about which of the following shots you need. And, make sure to protect yourself by keeping your vaccinations up to date. Here are suggestions from the Nat…

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Thanks to a five-month investigation by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Inspectors, a Louisiana man is behind bars on three felony cattle theft charges out of Texas.