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Little bit of rain and a lot of hope

By Jennifer M. Latzke


Tiny winter canola plants are just starting to emerge with their bright green leaves in this field near Billings, Oklahoma.


Six days ago, Marty Williams planted this field and already it’s showing good emergence, which is encouraging. Williams has given these seeds everything they need to grow and thrive. From choosing the right seed varieties, to planning crop inputs and planting schemes, a lot of thought and effort has gone into those rows of green. Now, it’s up to the weather and the seeds to do the rest.


Williams, from Red Rock, Oklahoma, has been tweaking his winter canola program on his farm since he started growing the crop in 2005. Back then the farm was a traditional continuous wheat operation, with some cattle. But then the family started seeing weed problems cropping up in fields where they hadn’t had that much of a problem in the past.


“Mainly we were seeing grass and cheat problems, some rye,” Williams said. At about the same time, Oklahoma State University was starting to promote new varieties of winter canola as a solution to cleaning up some problem wheat fields. Between the price of the oil crop, the new seeds’ adaptability to Oklahoma conditions, and the ability to use different weed control methods in fields, winter canola appealed to Williams. [Read More]



Kansas Secretary of Agriculture submits comments to EPA proposed Worker Standards

In comments submitted recently to the Environmental Protection Agency on their proposed revisions to the Agricultural [Read More]

USDA provides conservation easement funding

By Larry Dreiling Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Sept. 8 announced that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grassl [Read More]

Report provides update on trichomoniasis, feral hog control

Kansas animal health officials reported during a recent Kansas Animal Health Board meeting that 11 positive cases of trichomoniasis have been detected in Kansas t [Read More]

FSA announces key dates for new farm bill programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Oct. 2 announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the 2014 farm bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Cove [Read More]

2014 farm bill fruit and vegetable rules could benefit bean, potato and sweet corn growers

By Jessica Johnson Extension Educator—Ag Economics UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center Fa [Read More]

Veterans invited to Armed to Farm event Oct. 24

Veterans interested in agriculture are invited to attend the Armed to Farm program, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Small Farmers Trade Show and Conference at Midwest Exchange Regional St [Read More]

Ken Root

Ken Root

Political and social issues still not sorted out in Southern Africa

By Ken Root Editor’s note: Root is in Southern Africa visiting farms in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia. Hiring a full-time farm employee fo

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Sara Wyant

Sara Wyant

From GMOs to marijuana, voters will decide several state ballot questions

By Sara Wyant Editor’s note: Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Sarah Gonzalez contributed to this column. With the mid-term elections just

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Jennifer M Latzke

Jennifer M Latzke

Still making the best better

By Jennifer M. Latzke For more than a century, millions of young people all over the United States have been challenged by one motto—“To

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Kylene Scott

Kylene Scott

No water: Not a matter of whether, but when

By Kylene Scott News story after news story out of the Texas Panhandle reads like a broken record: It’s dry on the Plains, there’s

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Holly Martin

Holly Martin

A Journal 'selfie'

By Holly Martin Most women might feel threatened if they were in a strange town, filling up with gas and the man across the

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Larry Dreiling

Larry Dreiling

Ag's voice will still matter on Nov. 4

By Larry Dreiling Over the last few years, Washington pundits have been saying the rural demographic is shrinking and, with it, its power base. There

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Jennifer Carrico

Jennifer Carrico

Improving the cattle and the land Seedstock producer builds operation from the hills of SW Iowa

By Jennifer Carrico In the rolling hills of southwest Iowa, Dave Nichols raises cattle t

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Doug Rich

Doug Rich

How old is your barn?

By Doug Rich Stories about old barns are a little like fish stories. Every time someone tells about the fish he caught, it gets

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Trent Loos

Trent Loos

Obama's commitment to fighting Ebola falls short

By Trent Loos I have this personal commitment to go to the source and ask questions before I go public with my opinion, so

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Jerry Nine

Jerry Nine

Moisture is making all the difference

By Jerry Nine (Oct. 15)—What a difference in this year and the past few years. This is the first year in a long time

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