March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This month, the Meadowlark Extension District and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance urge everyone to visit to learn more about colorectal cancer symptoms,…

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Chicks; more than a secular Easter icon

This time of year gardeners get anxious to plant, spring break travelers enjoy warmer climates and poultry keepers catch “chick fever.” While this can be a rewarding and self-sustaining venture,…

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Alfalfa weevil emergence begins

According to the Kansas Mesonet Alfalfa Weevil Growing Degree Day (GDD) Calculator ( scouting for weevils should begin at 150-180 GDDs (eggs hatch as early as 25 GDDs). We’ve reached…

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Microgreens pack a punch

“Microgreens” is a marketing term used to describe tiny, tender, edible greens that germinate in soil or a soil substitute from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. Smaller than “baby…

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News from Topeka — A legislative update

The following is an update on legislation and events that may be of interest to you. This past week saw major action from all three branches of state government as…

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Cut down, destroy dead pines!

Got dead pine trees? If you are in the eastern half of Kansas, they probably died of pine wilt, a disease that is widespread in that part of the state….

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Evergy scam

Over the weekend, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a number of complaints from concerned county residents about a new scam circulating the area. Residents are being contacted by phone…

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Women’s History Month: Kansas Women: Nell Donnelly Reed

March is women’s history month. Choosing among the women who have impacted our state was not easy. So, I selected someone whom you may not have heard of. I wanted…

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Moisture in sheep barns

I’m writing this the day after the very well attended Northeast Kansas Sheep and Goat school. The McLouth school cafeteria was filled with over 70 individuals anxious to learn more…

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2023 KSU Chemical Weed Control Guide, Wild Onion/Garlic

One of the larger challenges landowners face is weed control. Some are noxious and require us to implement control measures. Some are just obnoxious. All of them deserve our attention…

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef

To start, what does the term “corning” mean? It is a form of dry-curing beef brisket with “corns” of salt. These corns are not actual corn, but refer to the…

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Strawberry planting, mulch removal

New strawberry plantings should be set early in the growing season so that mother plants become established while the weather is still cool. The mother plants develop a strong root…

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Spring forward: adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

At 2 a.m on Sunday, March 12, we will move our clocks forward one hour and begin Daylight Saving Time (DST). This move can cause disruptions in our circadian rhythm…

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What can you afford to spend on a bull?

In the past week or so, I’ve logged over 800 miles driving four states looking for a new heifer bull. Bull buying season is one of my favorite times of…

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Grass growth, development – get…ready…

It’s easy to take perennial forage crops for granted. They green up when it gets warm. We graze or hay them. They go dormant in winter and do it all…

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