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ISSUE DATE: 08/17/2009

Bumper crop of spinich harvested in Oklahoma

By Doug Rich

So, you planted a big vegetable garden this summer, a quarter-acre, half-acre, maybe an entire acre devoted to your favorite summer crops. How about 300 acres--and that is just the spinach.

Steve Conrad, Webbers Falls, Okla., plants a little over 500 acres to vegetables every year: 300 acres of spinach and 200 acres of turnip greens and collard greens. None of his production is for the fresh market, however. It is all grown under contract for the Allen Canning Company in Siloam Springs, Ark. The Allen Canning Company has been in business since 1926 and markets canned vegetables under 11 brand names. Among those are Popeye spinach and Sunshine Southern Style collard greens and turnip greens.


NEWS

About 100 dogs rescued from overburdened breeders
Ag hearing looks at food safety of pending bill
Ag secretary encourages Kansans to eat more locally grown foods
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack names additional staff at USDA
AgriLife centennial celebration set for Sept. 17 in Lubbock
American Agri-Women concerned about a climate change bill
American Farmers and Ranchers prepare for the future
An agricultural perspective on clean energy
Annual Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory open House set for Aug. 26
Antifungal pepper compound has potential
ARS helps preserve indigenous crops in Ecuador
ARS research helps develop new leads in cleft palate repair
Bill introduced to cut red tape for farmers, ranchers
Brownback announces NBAF funding
Critics take new step to block Kansas coal plant
Federal, state agencies offer help during drought
Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program seminars set in Lincoln, Scottsbluff
Foreign mosquitoes invading United States
July weather sets new low records
Kansas AG cracks down on "guaranteed" grant scheme
Kansas biotech strength
Kansas delegation: GAO report short on expertise, long on errors
Kansas files paperwork to end Ark River litigation against Colorado
Keeping loyal customers is important
Know more than the family tree; know the health history
KU Energy Council to discuss CO2 sequestration opportunities for Kansas at Wichita event
Man pleads not guilty in shooting incident
Missouri Century Farms recognized
More frying, less fat with new cooking batter
New head of KDA has goals for agency
New Iowa State University lab available for testing food compounds
New process for making activated carbons
Oklahoma ranks sixth in obesity
Partnership created to strengthen rural future
Potato, tomato famine unlikely for Kansas
Project helps Guatemalans learn about international trade, agricultural marketing
Ranchers turn to 'diversification' to stay put
Rural economic development grants available
Senate boosts foods stamps as unemployment rises
Senate denies Obama bid to ax rural energy grants
Slice of central U.S. safe from recession shrinking
State representative appointed to rural development post
Streambank stabilization meeting focuses on technical, financial assistance
Study: Farms near urban areas adopt varying strategies to survive
Stulp dedicates wind turbine
SummerFest and FlavrBurst join ARS peach variety offerings
Texans urged to call 2-1-1 now if they'll need help in hurricane evacuation
UN professor receives award
UNL department head Yoder named fellow of international organization
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA announces food safety education conference
USDA employees recognized for volunteerism
USDA proposes biobased product consumer label rule
USDA, DOJ to hold public workshops to explore competition issues in the agriculture industry
USDA, HHS announce new strategies to keep America's food supply safe
USDA, HHS praise guidelines for outbreak response
USDA: Nebraska farm real estate value is up
Vilsack discusses administration's commitment to global food security

CROPS

2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences programming taking shape
Blow after blow troubled High Plains' wheat crop
Bumper crop of spinach harvested in Oklahoma
CAST compares soybean production sustainability
Changing political climate brings wheat leaders to Wichita
Conservation Innovation Grant helps fund South Dakota's first wetland mitigation bank
Conservation Stewardship Program interim final rule posted in Federal Register
Corn research unlocks basis of natural diversity and reveals genetics of flowering and hybrid vigor
Deputy Secretary Merrigan announces first national sign-up for new Conservation Stewardship Program
Dryland ag day scheduled at Tribune Aug. 20
Extension agent receives peanut award
Former CRP landowners face tough decisions
Got leaf spot?
Kansas Wheat presents Distinguished Service Awards
Kansas, Nebraska host Mexican sorghum buyers
K-State SW Research Extension Center Plans Aug. 27 Field Day
KWA urges Congress to consider all consequences of Clean Water Restoration Act
'Navigable' maybe deleted from Clean Water Act
NBA star makes peanut butter challenge
New technology takes the lab to the field, measuring crops' fertilizer needs on the go
New unidentified insect pest damaging South Texas cotton
New UNL worksheet evaluates irrigation efficiency
North American Weed Management Association Conference Sept. 21 to 24
Oklahoma Wheat Commission forced to cut budget
OSU website showcases efforts to enhance ag water supplies
Partner proposals funded through the CCPI
Preplant Wheat Meeting at Mentor Aug. 19
Pre-plant wheat school saves you $100
Producers should test their forage sorghums before cutting
Rural Development State Director Moul tours northeast Nebraska biodiesel plant
Scholthof named 2009 American Phytopathological Society Fellow
Scout now for soybean cyst nematodes
Shaw to receive prestigious honor for plant pathology research
Solution Day 2009 provides practical advice through ag and field research
Sorghum Board meeting scheduled
Sorghum Checkoff Program celebrates one year anniversary
South Dakota State University enforces PVP rights
Stem borer found in soybean fields across Missouri
Thousands support Nebraska Corn Board effort to increase ethanol blend rate
Trap would help keep stink bugs outdoors
UNL offers working organic farm tours Aug. 20
USB funds Biodiesel Analysis and Awareness Project
USDA seeks public comment on the new Conservation Stewardship Program
Vilsack annouces Conservation Innovative Grants
Water utilization learning center opens
Weevil eyed for controlling garlic mustard
Williamson County extension agent receives peanut award

LIVESTOCK

Agriculture secretary vilsack announces immediate relief for struggling dairy producers
Beef quality network connects cattlemen to value added markets
Board elections held for the American Goat Federation
Dr. John Lunt awarded Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award
Fifteen national finalists named in 2009 National Beef Cook-Off
Forst is first woman to lead Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
IPPA unveils Pork Quality Assurance Plus Site Status rebate program
Junior Angus members conduct business, elect leaders at 2009 NJAS
Markey hails USDA aid for dairy farmers
NMSU faculty member recognized with achievement award
Oregon ranchers: Politics have become part of industry
OSU's Krehbiel initial recipient of Dennis and Marta White Endowed Chair
Reach for the starch
Saint James, Mo., family earns national recognition from American Angus Association
Second quarter winners zero in on quality through AngusSource
Texas ranchers eligible for drought help
Third CWT herd retirement in nine months to remove 87,000 cows
Universities research beef flavor
Vesicular stomatitis quarantine lifted in Starr County
Veterinarian says putting NBAF in Kansas will enhance crucial response time to such cases

EDITOR

A common bond
Calm before the storm
This vacation, remember agriculture
Will protecting an area really protect it?

COLUMNS

Company adds seed treatment market
Just a scoop full
New Conservation Stewardship Program premieres
Plot tours to showcase new herbicide technology
Sound the bugle for success
The adventure of camping
We will bury you, but first let's look at your hybrid corn

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Busy week for farmers
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sale
Corn silking nearly complete
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Field prep taking place in some areas
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grain trade mixed ahead of USDA report
Harvest in full swing
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Hot temperatures return
Hot, windy weather stresses crops
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay selling steady
OKC West livestock auction report
Oklahoma has untapped wind resources
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Rains help improve crop conditions
Return of triple digit temperatures
Salina cattle sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
Small grain harvest begins
South Central direct sheep
St. Joseph feeder pigs
State sees normal temperatures return
Temperatures warm in time for state fair
Texhoma cattle sales report
Texhoma livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains livestock auction
West Plains livestock sales report
Winter wheat harvest complete
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle auction report

RANGE

Cool, wet summer good for grazing livestock
New UW extension bulletin examines prickly pear control
Producers advised to test baled crop stover

FAMILY

Be cool, stay cool: check air conditioner for trouble spots
Bucket calves get many 4-H'ers started in agriculture
Buystedt has many unusual features
Colorado City Dove appreciation day set
FFA members face eye opening experience
'Growing Good Kids' books recognized
Helpful household tips
Joe Kreger poem-The girls on loan from God
Jones to take charge of 4-H livestock programs
Meditation for 8-17-09
Pease named director of development for Kansas 4-H Foundation
Plastic, unheated greenhouses changing U.S. garden output
Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch will host field day
Spam contest set for Colorado State Fair
Take 5
Texhoma FFA members attend reporter workshop
The roots ramble
The ups and downs of mowing height
Time to plan fall vegetable gardens
Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food
Use caution when caring for storm-damaged trees
Where agriculture and business meet

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