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Navigating change

“Navigating Change” is the title of the document that the Kansas State Board of Education will consider on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This is the document that the Kansas State…

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Aging safely at home

Most older adults do want to age in peace, or stay in their homes, and live independently as long as they can. In order to do that, there are things…

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Defacing God

We hear the term “original sin” quite often. It refers to the sinful nature we have all inherited from Adam and Eve. In my study for a class as a…

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Tomato cracking

Tomatoes often have problems with cracking caused by pressure inside the fruit that is more than the skin can handle. Cracks are usually on the upper part of the fruit…

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The incredible shrinking interest rate

It is no secret. Interest rates have shrunk to microscopic levels. Anyone with excess cash or conservative investments are feeling the struggle to find yield. Rates have been low before….

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Fungicide applications to corn

With much of the corn crop tasseling, fungicide applications may be on your mind. Consider these points as you make your decision: First, fungicide application research has shown that tassel/silk…

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Tips to make the most out of your farmers’ market trip

Farm fresh produce is the perfect delicious addition to any summer meal. There are many farmers’ markets in our area. You can find the one closest to you by visiting…

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Interpreting the turmoil

Proverbs 27:1, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Have truer words ever been spoken? I submitted this article about a…

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Temperature is only part of the challenge

Kansas State University veterinarian is urging cattle producers to beef up their plans for managing heat stress in their herds, a challenge that costs the U.S. cattle industry up to…

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Lagoon 101

I recently did a farm visit for some new residents that are new to the country life. They had many questions about their trees, grasses and what to do with…

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Soybean defoliation from insect feeding

Defoliation is not uncommon in soybeans from emergence through harvest. Fortunately, they tend to respond fairly well in most cases, particularly if pressure is only from a single pest. We…

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Berries: their benefits and how to use them

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, huckleberries and more! Summer is a great time to stock up on many fruits like berries, and cash in on the many benefits they have for…

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Row crop diseases and fungicide resistance

Row crop disease management can be a tricky business. Are we going to see disease? If we do see lesions on the leaf, is it really disease? Does my hybrid…

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Dairy Month!

June is Dairy Month. I’ve celebrated by making two batches of homemade ice cream! National Milk Month was established in 1937 by a group of chain stores to promote drinking…

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Loneliness and social isolation

2020… What will we hold onto from the year 2020? There have been life-altering changes, high stress, a global pandemic and discussions of racial, ethnic and political divides. Among all…

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