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ISSUE DATE: 01/23/2012

Being precise

By Jennifer Carrico

In today's farming world with the preciseness of equipment, the best way to farm is different for a specific piece of ground and each bit of science is a helpful tool in making every acre reach its full potential.

Northwest Kansas farmer Dietrich Kastens believes in using the right science and technologies to get the most out of farm ground. Kastens is not only a farmer, but also the president of the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association.

The organization was formed about 15 years ago as a way to disseminate university and industry information and research to farmers, retailers, and other ag professionals in order to facilitate efficient farm management. The organization's direction has changed a bit through the years and now additionally focuses on helping farmers utilize new technologies, as well as provides resources to support on-farm research efforts.

Kastens has used precision ag technologies and methods since the 1990s, starting with a yield monitor in 1998 and site-specific soil sampling in 1999.


NEWS

And the 2011 winner is...
Auctioneers crown Champion Bid Caller
Climatologist: Drought conditions likely to ease further
Family Forest Legacy Workshop is Feb. 11
Farmers produced less in 2011, USDA reports
Focus on foods to eat more often, not on what's 'forbidden'
Friend of Extension recipient named
Greene County Plat Books available
Huelskamp to speak at Garden City Farm & Ranch Show
Justin Covelli Scholarship to benefit ag students
Keep your home warm this winter with help from LEAP
Lincoln-McPherson Extension seeks to fill board seats
Mo. food prices outpace national average
Researchers unravel challenges of drug-resistant bacteria
Retail food prices decline slightly
SRS accepting LIEAP applications
Taking bio-based products to the next level
USDA announces General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program funding
USDA signs agreement with EPA and state of Minnesota
Woman inducted into Auctioneer Hall of Fame

CROPS

ACGA to develop Institute for Public Policy
Activities scheduled for Kansas Day
Ag and Pheasants Workshop to be held Jan. 26
Agronomist: Warm weather should not harm wheat crop
Annual directory helps growers market products
Arkansas Soybean Association to hold seminar, business session
Being precise
CCTA announces scholarship winners
Commodity commission ballots mailed to producers
Conference will address diversified agriculture
Decoding corn defenses for improved pest resistance
Elderberry research program focuses on developing cultivars
Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program names new director
Farm Show Breakfast will feature Texas state photographer
Foundation for Agriculture presents awards
Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days will feature variety of educational programs
Garden City Farm and Ranch Show to feature healthcare advocate
Get up close and personal with winter canola experts at upcoming Canola U event
Getting the most from your fertilizer investment
Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture explores food safety issues
Grow Your Farm classes begin Feb. 13
Iowa Farm Bureau delegates lead discussions at convention
ISU names Entrepreneur-in-Residence for ag initiative
K-State selects new NAMA instructor of milling
Liberal will host Kansas Sampler Festival
Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show is Feb. 7 and 8
Missourians recognized at American Farm Bureau annual meeting
Nebraska Ag Technologies Association Conference is Feb. 1 to 2
New Mexico Ag Expo set for Feb. 21 to 22
New tool could improve soybean breeding process
NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute to host annual conference in Las Cruces
No-Till and Cover Crops Part II workshop is Feb. 16
ODAFF seeks nominations for Agriculture Hall of Fame
Pecan butter experiments lead to creation of business
Plasticulture workshop offered
Private Pesticide Applicator Training is Jan. 31
Public hearings set for proposed consolidation of FSA offices
Register now for Women Managing the Farm Conference
Soil Fertility School set for Jan. 24 in Atwood
Sorghum seminars planned
Southwest Farm & Ranch Classic features Extension Educational Program
Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic scheduled for Feb. 7 to 9
Soybean checkoff to partner with 9 Clean Cities coalitions
Soybean growers receive state awards
Specialty crop conference planned for commercial enterprises
State Farm Bureaus recognized for excellence
Study: Atrazine reduces soil erosion, encourages conservation
USDA accepting pre-proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants
USDA extends Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up to Jan. 27
Western Farm Show expands popular tractor pull event
When bugs go out to eat
Women in Ag Conference theme is 'Innovation for the Future'

LIVESTOCK

Animal Ag Alliance celebrates 25th anniversary
Beef Cattle Veterinarian of the Year honored
Beef checkoff's 'Cow Chow' game explores cattle diets
Better beef could mean hike in demand, cattle on farms
Cattle Industry Convention is Feb. 1 to 4
Charity to help horse owners obtain hay
Colby man convicted of selling mortgaged cattle
Colorado State University recognizes livestock leader
Combat cold stress in calves
EPD/Genetics School to be held in Cuba
Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab to host Cattlemen's Day
Heifer owners plan Show-Me-Select sale
High Plains Dairy Conference set for March 7 to 8
Iowa Beef Industry Council elects 2012 officers
Iowa cattle interests encouraging heifer development
Iowa Pork to hold annual Taste of Elegance
K-State taking orders for spring pullet sale
Livestock trade cost-share funding available
National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale averages $8,480
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation offers scholarships
Rain greens up winter crops, slows herd reductions
Red Angus Association of America releases spring EPDs
Smith inducted into LPC Hall of Fame posthumously
Some beef sectors face challenges in coming months
State fair: Livestock DNA to be tested
Study: LED lights extend meat shelf life
Swine producers asked to participate in feed efficiency survey
UNL Extension to host Cattlemen's Seminars
UNL programs for livestock producers will cover animal welfare
Western Kansas Dairy Summit to showcase industry
Winter Pork Picnic set for Jan. 25

EDITOR

Make 2012 the year for permanent estate tax relief
Senseless violence
Time to reshuffle the cards

COLUMNS

Costa Rica: Prototype for the future?
Defining precision agriculture
Herbicide battles resistant waterhemp
Just a scoop full

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close higher, soybeans lead way
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay steady, other areas slow
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Springfield livestock report
Superior Video auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Desert bighorns thriving in western Colorado
Hydrogels help grasses grow on remote, arid rangelands
Meeting to cover grazing options during drought
Scientists develop drought-tolerant alfalfa
Southwest Hay & Forage Conference will tackle drought, water issues

FAMILY

Counting birds in your backyard is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Everybody loves lemons
Extension to host basic vegetable garden classes
Extension to host vegetable growers workshop
Game on!
Healthy food can be fun!
Horticulture events planned
Kansas Sampler Foundation names new board member
Master Gardener training begins Feb. 21
Meditation for 1-23-12
Resolutions can enliven gardening year
Sea Foam appealing from all sides
Tame the energy vampire in your home
Time to prune
Tomato Grafting Workshop set for Feb. 17
Warm, dry winter stressing trees, shrubs

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