7$ Wheat?

This time last year who would have ever thought that we were sitting on and hatching a major bull market in the grains. Well, it’s here now and the only question for wheat is how high it’ll go. There are a lot of factors that explain how we got here like being pulled along by

Three finalists selected for 2020 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award®

By the Hutchinson News KANSAS—Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife resources in their care. In Kansas the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and

Where Have All The Pheasants Gone?

By Vance Ehmke It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago when opening day of pheasant hunting season was a pretty big deal. But my, oh my, how times have changed. Back then every motel room in the county had been booked up for a year in advance. There was not a box

The Last Wild Horse Herd

By Vance EhmkeWheat & More…..or Less The Old West was officially closed in 1890.  But it wasn’t until over 50 years later that the last of the wild horses disappeared from Lane County, KS. Longtime resident Eldon Wancura, who now lives in Dighton, explains that he grew up on a farm and ranch that straddled

KSU Research and Extension: Small grain forage options

Small grain forage options for this fall Small grain forages can be a profitable option for producers. They can be planted in the fall and either terminated or grazed out in the early spring, allowing time to plant a summer row crop if soil moisture is adequate. There are five common small grain options for

Maybe They Meant Global Wettening?

Some years back when they first started talking about Global Warming I asked the state climatologist, who was in K-State’s physics department, what he thought.  He said, “We’ll know for sure….in 100 years.” Right now, though, after the wettest October and the wettest May in Kansas history, and the slowest planting in US history, maybe instead

The Bones of Lane County

By Vance Ehmke My great grandparents homesteaded here in western Kansas back in 1885. I always thought it was a pretty big deal to be a fourth-generation farmer — until the bones of Lane County told me otherwise. Here on our farm we have a state historical site, 14 LA 311, to be exact. It’s