December is prime time for poinsettias, and researchers at Kansas State University, Virginia State University, and others, have conducted trials of poinsettia cultivars
to rate plants on growth characteristics and the development of bracts — the colorful leaves that seem to be the plant's flowers.
Horticulturists recommend that holiday plants be placed near windows to benefit from sunny winter days, but they must be protected from drafts and cold air. Winter care recommendations include adding lukewarm water when the soil is dry to the touch. Soil should be kept moist, not soggy, so plants don't wilt.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires producers to make informed decisions regarding commodities and crop insurance. K-State Research and Extension
is teaming with sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans across the state in January and February.
Agricultural economists Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor will travel the state to provide information on commodity programs and the economic tradeoffs between the options, as well as major changes to crop insurance. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency also will discuss commodity program procedures at the half-day meetings.
Passing a family business to the next generation can be difficult — both for the retiree and for younger family members.
To help Kansas farm and ranch families plan for succession, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up to offer five “Planning for Farm and Ranch Succession” conferences. Meeting dates and locations include:
Jan. 5 — Allen Community College, Iola
Jan. 10 — Pratt Community College, Pratt
Jan. 16 — Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza, Manhattan;
Jan. 17 — Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia
March 3 — K-State Agricultural Research Center, Hays