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Dry spring takes toll on Kansas’ wheat fields

Kansas soil is drying out as the spring rolls on, with subsoil moisture in south central Kansas falling from 66 percent adequate in early March to 44 percent adequate now, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rest of the soil is considered short or very short of moisture.

Report: Farm banks increased loans 9 percent in 2013

Farm loans grew across the country and in the region that includes Kansas, according to a report this week from the American Bankers Association.

Custom cutters check out new crop of farm equipment at Century II

As workplaces go, the cab of a combine seems pretty nice. It’s cooled in the summer, sits above the dust, and the machine runs nearly automatically when it uses GPS.

Ukraine crisis driving up wheat prices

The crisis in Ukraine has roiled financial markets and hurt investors all over the world, but at least one group might see some benefit: farmers still holding on to grain from last year.

Andale, Halstead farm co-ops hope to merge

Two area farm co-ops are set to merge if members approve in a vote set for Monday.

Pumpkin operation growing beyond the patch

The Walterses are growing beyond the pumpkin patch.

Final farm bill emerging in Congress, aides say

A final version of the farm bill, which accounts for billions of dollars in federal spending and has lingered on the congressional to-do list for two years, is expected to be unveiled as early as Monday, with final House passage likely, according to several aides familiar with the talks.

Fall 2013 crops rebound from drought

The easing of the drought last year generally meant a strong rebound in fall crop production for Kansas compared to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers National reports drop in prices paid for Kansas farmland

After several years of strong gains, Kansas farmland dropped in value in 2013, according to land brokerage and management company Farmers National.

Missouri project to turn hog manure into energy

Developers of a renewable biogas project in remote north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy.

KSU wins grant to help preserve crops after harvest

Kansas State University has won a five-year $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to develop ways to cut the loss of food after it is harvested.

Creekstone to add 300 jobs at Arkansas City plant

Arkansas City packing plant Creekstone Farms Premium Beef announced Monday that it will expand, adding 300 workers over the next five years.

Ranchers to see good times ahead, say forecasters

Kansas ranchers will see a golden age in 2014, while feedlots and packing plants will remain deep in gloom.

Koch Fertilizer reports name change, reorganization

A unit of Koch Industries is changing its name, restructuring itself and making leadership changes.

Farm bill remains stuck in a muddy field

After months of work, and while the clock ticks, Republicans and Democrats still can’t agree on new farm legislation.

Ban on trans fats could weaken soybean demand

U.S. farmers may lose as much as 4 million acres of annual soybean production if regulators move quickly to ban trans fats in processed food, according to the American Soybean Association.

DuPont, Deere launch precision farming to challenge Monsanto

DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed unit of DuPont, said Friday that it has aligned with farm machinery company Deere & Co in a race against rival Monsanto Co. to provide farmers with enhanced “precision agriculture” analyses aimed at maximizing crop production.

Cargill says it will label 'Finely Textured Beef'

Cargill Beef announced Tuesday that it would begin labeling its branded, U.S.-made, ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef, prior to the 2014 grilling season, with the declaration "Contains Finely Textured Beef."

Wichita Farm and Ranch Show starts Tuesday

The annual Wichita Farm and Ranch Show will start Tuesday and run through Thursday.

Johns Hopkins report blasts failure to curb antibiotic use in livestock

U.S. regulators and livestock producers have failed to curb the use of antibiotics in livestock despite concerns that excessive use in meat production will reduce the drugs’ effectiveness in humans, said a panel of experts.

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