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Farmers start to make late planting adjustments

A soybean and small grains agronomist says the number one factor in loss of soybean yield is late planting date. Ohio State University’s Laura Lindsey says about 12 percent of the state’s soybeans still need to be planted. “As we enter, into more mid June,... Read More.

Soil moisture crucial to getting corn off to good start

An extension agronomist points to soil moisture as a crucial piece of getting corn off to a good start. Jeff Coulter with the University of Minnesota says it starts at planting. “And it’s important to place those seeds in moisture, get good seed to soil... Read More.

Fresh Start Woodworks Ready to Serve

By Megan Barfield, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce GREAT BEND, Kan. — Fresh Start Woodworks, a new manufacturing venture based in Great Bend, celebrated its grand opening with a Chamber Coffee and ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by sister company Just... Read More.

Cattle futures mostly lower to start the week

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were mostly lower, waiting for the week’s direct business to develop.   April live cattle were unchanged at $187.60 and June live cattle closed $.40 lower at $183.02.  April feeder cattle closed $1 lower at... Read More.

Start the Season Clean

Enlist Field Specialist Mark Mongen says farmers need to get a jump on weed control this season. He recommends spring tillage or a burndown herbicide application, and says a combination is also an option. Find more resources on this and other crop protection topics at

Ethanol exports start 2024 on a down note

2024 started with a month-to-month decline for U.S. ethanol exports. The Renewable Fuels Association says January ethanol exports were 150 million gallons, 4% less than December, with Canada taking the top spot for the 34th month in a row, followed by India, which took... Read More.

K-14 Patching to Start Soon in Reno County

By Kansas Department of Transportation  RENO COUNTY, Kan. — Work will begin soon on a nearly $3.6 million patching project on K-14 in Reno County.The Kansas Department of Transportation project will be from the west K-14/U.S. 50 junction north... Read More.

Weather allows for start to field work in Iowa

Field work is already underway in Iowa. The USDA says Iowa farmers took advantage of the weather to apply fertilizer and manure, with some starting tillage and even oat planting. The eastern half of the state did generally see better precipitation than western areas, but... Read More.