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The challenge of collecting a representative soil sample

At first glance, soil sampling would seem to be a relatively easy task. However, when you consider the variability that likely exists within a field because of inherent soil formation…

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Fall musk thistle control, broadleaf weed control

A 2020 Kansas Department of Agriculture summary of acreages infested by musk thistle showed the noxious weed to be well established and present in every corner of the state. Even…

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Post-season events

There are many misconceptions about activities in our schools. One that I have heard people comment about is the belief that schools or school personnel benefit financially from hosting post-season…

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Any change comes with you

I would like to give you a word of encouragement from 1 Timothy 6:12  Theme: Any change comes with you Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight, lay hold on…

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Control broadleaf weeds in lawns in late October to early November

Late October to early November is the most effective time to control broadleaf weeds in lawns. Dandelions usually produce a flush of new plants in late September, and the winter…

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Accurate for age sampling

The Tuesday, Oct. 5, USDA Hay Market Report for Northeast Kansas showed steady prices even as movement remains low. Price per ton for large round bales of native grass hay…

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Skin care, aging

Our skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Veins and bones can be seen more easily….

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Do something with your wealth

I hold a universal notion that telling people what to do with their wealth is generally a bad idea. Most people don’t like to be told how to spend their…

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Harvesting, curing black walnuts

Black walnuts are ready to be harvested when the hull can be dented with your thumb. You can also wait until the nuts start falling from the tree. Either way,…

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The unchangeable

My daughter Mollie just had her first baby and named her Emma Ruth. My daughters Olivia and Hannah are also expecting their first. My daughter Emily, last year, had her…

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Soybean cyst nematode testing

Harvest is a great time to make an “on the go” evaluation of a farm’s performance as we finish out the crop year. Not only can you see physical differences…

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Counterfeit pills

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Public Safety Alert to warn the American public of the alarming increase in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and…

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Safely preserving sweet potatoes, tomatoes for fall

With the arrival of fall, many people enjoy canning their produce to enjoy during the colder months and holidays. Two common canned favorites during fall are sweet potatoes and tomatoes….

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Land conservation nominations for 2021 Banker’s Award sought

Word that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in Brown County was received today by Matthew Young, Brown County Agriculture and 4-H Agent. “This program is being sponsored,”…

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Changing demographic patterns, trends of older adults without children

A new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau provides an overview of U.S. adults age 55 and older who do not have biological children. It is titled “Childless Older…

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