Ag Loans Offered for 10-20-Year-Olds   
USDA Farm Service Agency would like to encourage McPherson County rural youth interested in establishing an income producing- project to contact Farm Service Agency farm loan personnel in Salina.  FSA administers a youth loan program which focuses on educating youth in financial and management responsibilities through hands on experience.
The program enables rural youth to establish a modest income producing project in conjunction with an agricultural organization such as 4-H or FFA.  FSA will work with the youth in completing the loan application and maintaining year-end financial records.     
The youth will gain valuable experience learning how to complete a balance sheet, maintain income and expense records, and complete projected cash flows for the operation.  Applicants must be 10 to 20 years old and participate in an agricultural organization. 
Eligible applicants may be considered for a loan up to $5,000 and funds may be used to purchase livestock, machinery, equipment, or pay for operating expenses.      The loan term is dependent on the proposed use of funds and may not exceed seven years.
If you are interested in obtaining a youth loan, have additional questions regarding the program, or would like one of us to meet with a youth organization you may contact Rick Bush or Bill Mahanay at the Saline/McPherson County FSA office at 785-825-8269, or Rick.Bush@ks.usda.gov .

Sunflower Production Update Mar. 31
Fred Seiler, MKC agronomist, has set up a Sunflower Production Update for Tuesday, March 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legion Building in Lindsborg. Various speakers will be addressing varieties, weed control, insect management, marketing, and general production topics.
If interested in learning more about sunflowers. Plan to attend.

Test Your Water Well Workshop Thursday
You are invited to come to the Extension office at 600 W. Woodside Thursday, March 26, to learn more about the quality of the water in your well.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, speakers will be discussing groundwater basics, local issues, testing well water, current and future problems, and management tactics for better water.
The program concludes at noon.
Bring a sample of your tap water in a clean container for a small group activity.
The program is sponsored by Cargill, The Groundwater Foundation, and the McPherson Board of Public Utilities. Please RSVP to Jennifer Wemhoff at 402-434-2740 or to Lois Larson 620-241-5120. For more details or information, call the same numbers.

Are Early Season Wheat Diseases in Need of Control?
The main conclusion we can draw from K-State studies so far is that early season, low rate application of fungicides are most likely to be cost effective in continuous wheat grown in a high residue field, such as no-till or minimum till.
Varieties that are known to have decent resistance to tan spot and powdery mildew would be less likely to respond.
SantaFe, Fuller, Post Rock and Jagalene would have the greatest susceptibility to tan spot. Overley is rated as “medium” in its resistance. Therefore, if you have lots of straw left on the surface or are stacking wheat no-till, watch closely to see if tan spot problems are evident.
We are estimating the cost of product to be around $7 for this early, low rate. If wheat is $4 per bushel, the odds of a return are obviously diminished compared to $6 wheat.
When looking forward to fighting leaf rust, remember that the odds of a profit with our more resistant varieties (Fuller, SantaFe, Shocker, Post Rock and Art) are very dependant upon having high priced wheat at harvest.
Overley would be the first variety to get treated if we see leaf rust coming in and would have the best chance of returning a profit to the cost of the fungicide and application.
Our estimate is around $22 per acre. So, with $5 wheat, we need 4.5 bushels just to break-even.