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Merrill Ranch hosts KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day

By Kylene Scott

Nineteen inches of rain since the first of June will do a ranch good. The Merrill Ranch in rural Comanche County, Kansas, is green in August and a sight to behold.


The ranch hosted the Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Field Day, Aug. 13 near Wilmore, Kansas. Manager Dee Scherich said it’s fantastic to have this much moisture available this time of year. Scherich and his wife, Phyllis, have been managing the Merrill Ranch since 1976 and have nearly 700 mother cows on 26 sections of land. His father began managing the operation in 1945.


“Our herd is basically a closed herd. We did buy 40 head of heifers last fall, but that’s the first cows that we’ve bought to my knowledge since the 1950s,” Scherich said.


Until 1997 the cows were mostly Herefords, and after taking a beating by the market, the change to mostly black animals was made.


“In fact, we sold all of our Hereford bulls in one year and made a quick changeover,” Scherich said. “We’ve used a lot of Gardiner Angus influence in our cows since ’97. Some of our cows, I’m sorry to say, are bigger than what we’d like to have, but if you buy a calf that shows good growth, you’re going to get big cows.”


The cowherd has been maintained on the ranch, replacing heifers with animals raised on the ranch.


“We try to buy quality bulls and so our cows are—we think—very good quality cows,” Dee said. [Read More]



U.S. grain exports to Mexico rise in value to $7.3 billion

By Blair Fannin Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service U.S. exports of grain, oilseed and related products to Mexico averaged 22.2 million metric tons per year from [Read More]

Kansas pre-proposals approved to submit full proposals for RCPP funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (R [Read More]

High quality on the high seas

By Miranda Reiman Meal planning and grocery buying for a busy family, week in and week out, is a big chore. Now imagine trying to feed 4,000 people when you’re hundreds of miles from land. Welcome to Lars Kristiansen’s w [Read More]

Rural Mainstreet Index sinks to two-year low

By Larry Dreiling The Rural Mainstreet Index moved to its lowest level in almost two years, according to the August survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agricu [Read More]

USDA announces $200 million to promote innovation in SNAP employment and training programs

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that up to $200 million in competitive [Read More]

K-State staff and students among AAEA award winners

Two Kansas State University faculty members and four graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Economics received awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Assoc [Read More]

Ken Root

Ken Root

Still learning at OSU with Alpha Gamma Rho reunion

By Ken Root I attended a college fraternity reunion this past weekend to reacquaint myself with the boys, now retirement age men, from Alpha

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Sara Wyant

Sara Wyant

Farm and rural advocates find new terms of engagement

By Sara Wyant Editor’s note: Agri-Pulse Editorial Coordinator Ann Mueller contributed to this piece. For decades, anyone who wanted to be involved as an advocate

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Jennifer M Latzke

Jennifer M Latzke

Time to revive the Clean Plate Club

By Jennifer M. Latzke “You sit there, young lady, and don’t you move until that plate is clean. You hear me?” Oh, I heard her.

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Kylene Scott

Kylene Scott

Sending calves to grass may be more profitable this year

By Kylene Scott The pastures are finally green and lush after a winter’s worth of snow or spring and summer rains. Grass shortened by

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Holly Martin

Holly Martin

Could North Americans learn something from Europe?

By Holly Martin For quite some time, European countries have been the clear indicator of the direction of trends in North America. From skinny jeans

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Larry Dreiling

Larry Dreiling

Rural Mainstreet Index sinks to two-year low

By Larry Dreiling The Rural Mainstreet Index moved to its lowest level in almost two years, according to the August survey of bank CEOs

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Jennifer Carrico

Jennifer Carrico

Duplicating deliciousness Researchers clone cattle with high quality carcasses

By Jennifer Carrico Duplicating high-quality lean beef may be a faster process, thanks to researchers at West Texas A&M Un

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Doug Rich

Doug Rich

Purple reign: A splash of lavender in the heartland

By Doug Rich Lavender was not their first choice, but it turned out to be the best choice for Jack and Kathy Wilson. They

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Trent Loos

Trent Loos

'Sailing away' with the food facts

By Trent Loos You may find this hard to believe, but I am not really a rock concert kind of guy. With that said,

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Jerry Nine

Jerry Nine

Water helping crops, the fight against ALS

By Jerry Nine (Aug. 27)—To the west of Woodward, about 50 miles, we were very fortunate to get that much needed rain, which grew

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