Agriculture is very important to the economy of the counties in the Frontier Extension District. The agronomic value of crops and livestock in the district is nearly 250 million dollars. This comes from 615,000 acres of cropland and 530,000 acres of pasture and hay ground. Approximately half the value of production is from crops and half from livestock.
Beef cattle are the predominant livestock species within the district. From the counties in the Frontier Extension District, there are nearly 120,000 head of beef cattle. Of those, 40,000 head are cows and the remainder are calves, stocker cattle, and fed cattle. Dairy, swine, goats, and poultry production also add to the economic impact of agriculture to the district.
*Information from Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the 2012 Census.
The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (H.O.T) class June 2nd. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who plan to operate tractors on farms. The only time a 14 or 15-year-old would be exempt from needing this training, would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparents’ farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.
The class will meet Wednesday, June 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Pomona Community Building. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local producer’s farm. Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Building.
Lunch and snacks for the day are sponsored by the Osage County Farm Bureau.
Pre-Registration is required by May 28th.
This program is co-sponsored by Frontier Extension District and Farm Bureau.
To register, call your local Extension Office or fill out the form and mail it to:
Rod Schaub Frontier Extension District
PO Box 400
Lyndon, KS 66451
Click HERE for the full form.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows
Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. The following article describes two simple tools producers can use to monitor nutrient status and ensure the cow's requirements are being met.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows (pdf)