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Drought takes toll on Kansas cattle industry

The drought may have damaged the state’s corn and soybean crops most directly, but the bigger blow to the state economy comes against the much larger cattle industry.

USDA revises size of Kansas wheat harvest

A new government estimate reduces the size of this year’s winter wheat harvest in Kansas.

Crop-withering drought intensifies in Plains states

Drought conditions have worsened in several parched Plains states, further punishing withering corn and soybean crops and devastating the pastureland that ranchers depend on, according to the latest U.S. drought map.

Grace Hill Winery adding more space

Grace Hill Winery is expanding with a new 6,000-square-foot production building that will allow for more wine, more room for wine tastings and possibly give owners David and Natalie Sollo their garage back, too.

Sunflowers a symbol of Kansas, an emblem of the prairie

Drive down any back road and see for yourself the hundreds of golden faces following the sun. The sunflower symbolizes Kansas, decorating its landscape, the state banner and flag.

Corn crops withering

After more than two months of scant rain and triple-digit heat, many Kansas farmers have given up on their corn, cutting it for cattle feed, say farmers and extension agents.

USDA names 82 counties a drought disaster area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a federal disaster area in 82 Kansas counties struck hard by the drought.

Drought leaves Kansas cattle with little to eat or drink

More than two-thirds of Kansas is in the midst of a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, based in Lincoln, Neb.

High cropland prices sow fortune and worry

Mick Schmiesing strides into the local rec center in a plaid shirt, Massey Ferguson tractor cap and old tennis shoes. It’s auction day, and he’s ready to make a play for 80 acres of soil in Blue Earth County, Minn.

Reining in false rumor about EPA ‘drones’ proves tricky

It was a blood-boiler of a story, a menacing tale of government gone too far: The Environmental Protection Agency was spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial drones used to kill terrorists overseas.

Railroad says Wichita neighboring grain elevator poses safety hazard

Union Pacific Railroad contends in a lawsuit filed last week that debris is falling from a Wichita grain elevator and endangering its workers and causing a nuisance.

Friends, neighbors harvest wheat after Cheney farmer’s death

What’s the measure of a life well lived?

Farm bill would end direct payments

A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers whether or not they plant a crop may disappear with hardly a protest from farm groups and the politicians who look out for their interests.

Eberly Farm marks 50 years in business

You can still pet a chicken and get a hayride at Eberly Farm. But it sure doesn’t look like it did 50 years ago when Merl and Dixie Eberly opened a day camp on their farm on West 21st Street between 119th and 135th streets.

Harvest starts strong in south-central Kansas

It’s early yet, but so far the wheat harvest looks strong in south-central Kansas, with high yields and test weights.

‘Pink slime’ moniker rattles beef industry

“Pink slime” was almost “pink paste” or “pink goo.”

Kansas wheat harvest in race against time

The state’s wheat harvest, once thought to be a near bin-buster, is now in a race against time in many places.

Kansas wheat harvest forecast to be up 40%

The wheat harvest for both the state and the area is forecast to be up 40 percent from last year’s drought-ravaged harvest, according to projections released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wheat crop remains three weeks ahead of schedule

Warm temperatures continued to push the Kansas wheat crop three weeks ahead of average. Wheat in south central and southeast Kansas is more than 80 percent headed.

Kansas cattle herd at lowest level since 1999

The number of cattle in Kansas feedlots, as of April 1,was the lowest since 1999, according to the USDA.

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